Summer semester experiment successful

School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Online interactive learning

Dr Effie Kartsonaki and Dr Philip Sharpe

CHEM1200: Chemistry 2

An experiment to provide an intensive, online version of a large first-year Chemistry course (CHEM1200) has proven successful with positive student feedback and results. The SCMB team developed a series of multimodal content including video lectorials to ensure students could undertake the course over the summer instead of having to wait until the new year, assisting them to catch up on and/or begin their studies earlier. Read more about the structure of the course here and watch this video of student Richard Dixon speaking about his experiences of the course here.

Taking active learning large

School of Mathematics and Physics

Flipped Classroom

Professor Michael Drinkwater, Professor Matthew Davis and Professor Tamara Davis

Mechanics & Thermal Physics I PHYS1001

How can you keep students engaged in large courses (200+ students) that build knowledge foundations in the science disciplines? Through an integrated approach to active learning of course. The team behind PHYS1001 flipped their classroom by incorporating pre-lecture reading and quizzes to ensure students were actively engaged throughout the entire course. It resulted in students consistently learning almost three times as much as in conventional classes. Read more about the course here, the report published in The ISSOTL Journal here and a news story by Faculty Focus here.

Maths made easy

School of Mathematics and Physics

Activating the classroom

Dr Barbara Maenhaut

MATH1061 Discrete Mathematics

The course team from MATH1061 are making maths easier by asking students to actively engage in their learning, and it’s working. As another great example from the School of Mathematics and Physics, the course has adopted the flipped classroom approach using pre-video-watching, and active discussions with group work in lectures. Watch an example of the videos used here, with the corresponding problems to work on here, and read what the students have to say here.