School successes in Learning and Teaching Initiative Grants

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Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience

Several members of the Department were successful in the recent round of Learning and Teaching Initiative Grants. A collaborative project between topographic anatomy staff Jenny Hayes, Varsha Pilbrow, Simon Murray, Junhua Xiao, Andrew Tan and Susie Kerby, and MBCIU staff Jon Cleary, Roger Ordidge, Brad Moffat, Sonal Josan, Amanda Ng and Robert Williams, together with Ryan Jefferies from the Harry Brookes Allen Museum, and Ben Loveridge from Learning Environments, was awarded funding. The end product will be a virtual library of cross-sectional images of the head and neck available to students on a touch screen displayed besides the matching preserved cadaveric slices and 3D-printed models. This is cutting edge technology not available as a teaching resource anywhere else in Australia so it will generate enormous external interest and also form a stimulating focus for Open Day activities.

Department of Pathology

Jo Russell together with Dr Amber Willems-Jones, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received a Grant for their project “School-wide review, harmonisation and enhancement of the teaching of scientific writing to prepare research-ready graduates, skilled in scientific analysis, critical thinking and communication”.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr Amber Willems-Jones and Iza Orval from the Department were successful in the recent round of Learning and Teaching Initiative Grants, securing funding for a project titled "Choose your own adventure – an inquiry-based learning module for practical class students to consolidate their understanding of molecular biology and protein biochemistry".  The project aim is to provide students with an opportunity to critically design and analyse a complex experiment, thereby integrating a student’s knowledge of theory with a practical application.

And one that flew under the radar because of a very late announcement in December last year: Heather Verkade and Terry Mulhern, with associates from the Melbourne CSHE, the School of Psychological Sciences, the Department of Computing and Information Systems, and the Faculty of Science. The title was "Exploring misconceptions as a trigger for enhancing student learning", and what we are trying to do is use an understanding of student misconceptions to guide active learning in a range of different class formats. In Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, it is large class tutorials.