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HUBS Learning & Teaching Workshop: Re-imagining the first year student experience

HUBS Learning & Teaching Workshops: Re-imagining the first year student experience

20 March 2020.
10am - 4.30pm.
School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick (room GLT3, Gibbet Hill Campus)

The School of Life Sciences will host a Royal Society of Biology-sponsored meeting to develop ideas and strategies to inform our understanding of what makes for the best possible undergraduate bioscience first year!

Year 1 is a springboard to a successful degree and a positive student experience. How can we both build key skills, enthuse students, attract them to the real-world applications of biology and encourage exploration of the fundamental concepts?

We will explore:

Subject choice
- What ‘essential’ content is truly essential, and who should decide? What should the balance be between theory or practical investigation, fundamental or real-world applications? How do we address ethical considerations of current biological developments?

Assessment and building skills 
- How can it be both creative and authentic, diverse and inclusive? How to provide a platform to enable students from a wide range of different backgrounds to explore and connect concepts in later years of studies? How can we ensure that we are preparing students for a diverse career market?

Student experience 
- How do we encourage student engagement and active learning through flexible learning communities? How can we engage students as researchers and collaborators in driving teaching innovation and curriculum design? How can we promote wellbeing through curriculum design?

The workshop will consist of keynote talks by Prof Kevin O’Dell (University of Glasgow), Dr Jo Rushworth NTF (De Montfort University) and Prof Ros Gleadow (Monash); short case study presentations, followed by plenty of group work and discussion, ensuring that all participants are able to learn from a range of practices from other institutions and share their own challenges and good practice.

For enquiries please contact:
Dr Miriam Gifford, Director of Education, School of Life Sciences M dot L dot Gifford at warwick dot ac dot uk

How to find us
Limited parking is available on a first come first served basis.

Please register below (this is a free event)

The deadline for registration is Friday 28 February 2020.

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