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Reps Forum Revisited

I know this report has been out for a while, but I thought it worth flagging up again.  The content and activities of UK Centre for Bioscience Reps Forum 2010 was encapsulated in the report which is available on their website.   It covers just about everything that happened over the two days and is a great way of recalling all that took place!

Report on the 2010 UK Centre for Bioscience Reps Forum

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UK Centre for Bioscience Reps Forum – Awards ‘n’ All!

Ed Wood Teaching Award finalists 2010. L-R: Anne Tierney, Graham Scott (overall winner) and Stephen McClean

Last week I was at the UK Centre for Bioscience Reps Forum in Cardiff and once again the meeting has provided a number of teaching ideas I hope to implement in the coming year.  In this year’s forum we saw the introduction of a poster session which was the subject of one of the first activites in the meeting and provided discussion around various themes.  Unfortunately due to “technical” difficulties at Cardiff airport I arrived late so did not get the full benefit of the posters.  Our project on text messaging in higher education was presented at the event.

The afternoon saw a showcase session for the finalists of the Ed Wood Teaching award, now rebranded as the Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award.  I kicked off the session describing my case study on Using Reflective Video Sharing in Year One Chemistry Laboratory Sessions.  This was followed by Graham Scott from the University of Hull, the overall winner of the award who described his study on Student managed learning: Whales, Dolphins and Sharks.   Anne Tierney then described her work on The role of online diaries in creating a reflexive learning environment, bringing the session to an end.  All of the case studies are on the Centre website and are linked above.

The following day provided for me one of the highlights of the forum in the form of the Swapsop session: brief presentations from colleagues on an aspect of their practice.  This year the line-up was as follows;

  • Jon Scott, University of Leicester, ‘Home from Home: video diaries from the 2nd years’
  • Nicholas Freestone, Kingston University, ‘Differentiated learning: the Kingston MPharm experience’
  • Ian Turner, University of Derby, ‘Lonely Hearts Columns – A Novel Way of Teaching Students Abstract Writing Skills’ as an INTERACTIVE SWAPSHOP
  • Dave Lewis, University of Leeds, ‘Using short video clips to promote the discussion of ethical issues in science’
  • Iain Coleman, University of Wolverhampton, ‘Does a spoonful of dictation sugar help the electronic marking medicine go down?’
  • Peter Klappa, University of Kent at Canterbury, ‘Teaching with Animations’

I enjoyed all of these sessions but as usual was most inspired by the technology-centred sessions and  found Peter Klappa’s demonstration of LightScribe most engaging.  This is a method for capturing lectures where tablet technology is used; the software captures audio from the speaker as well as the text written on the tablet.  A final video can then be output for hosting on a VLE.

All in all another great Reps Forum; hopefully there will be many more to come….

Photo credit:  Terry McAndrew

UK Centre for Bioscience Reps Forum 2010 (#reps10)

Today I am at the UK Centre for Bioscience Reps Forum in Cardiff.  The event offers the now customary eclectic mix of teaching ideas from practitioners in the field and this year a poster session has also been included to augment the long standing plenary, workshop and swapshop sessions of years gone by.

The hashtag for the event is #Reps10 and as a number of tweeters should be in attendance some Twitter traffic is inevitable!  Will post my own reflections later….

The programme for the two days is posted below.

Programme – Tuesday 14th September
11:15-11:45 General Registration
11.45 Welcome and introductions to the forum
David Adams, Director, UK Centre for Bioscience
12.00 Poster Rounds
Facilitated by Sheryl Meskin, UK Centre for Bioscience
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Small Group Activities
Introduced by Steve Maw, UK Centre for Bioscience
Discussion
Facilitated by Julian Park, UK Centre for Bioscience
15.15 Refreshments
15.45 Showcase of teaching & learning: Centre’s 2010 Ed Wood Teaching AwardsJackie Wilson, Associate Director, UK Centre for Bioscience

  • Stephen McClean, University of Ulster, ‘Using Reflective Video Sharing in Year One Chemistry Laboratory Sessions’
  • Graham Scott, University of Hull, ‘Student Managed Learning: Whales, Dolphins, and Sharks’
  • Anne Margaret Tierney, University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow, ‘Impact of Reflective Diaries on Wider Issues of Learning’

Followed by general discussion

Programme – Wednesday 15th September
09.15 Swapshop Session: informal presentations offered by Reps

  • Jon Scott, University of Leicester, ‘Home from Home: video diaries from the 2nd years’
  • Peter Klappa, University of Kent at Canterbury, ‘Teaching with Animations’
  • Nicholas Freestone, Kingston University, ‘Differentiated learning: the Kingston MPharm experience’
  • Ian Turner, University of Derby, ‘Lonely Hearts Columns – A Novel Way of Teaching Students Abstract Writing Skills’ as an INTERACTIVE SWAPSHOP
  • Dave Lewis, University of Leeds, ‘Using short video clips to promote the discussion of ethical issues in science’
  • Iain Coleman, University of Wolverhampton, ‘Does a spoonful of dictation sugar help the electronic marking medicine go down?’

Followed by general discussion

10.30 Refreshments
11.00 Ask the Centre!Chaired by Jon Scott

This session will allow Reps to ask questions of the panel (Centre staff, Reps involved with Centre).

Followed by general discussion

12.30 Reflections on the Forum

Donald Palmer, The Royal Veterinary College

Closing Remarks

David Adams, Director, UK Centre for Bioscience