Innovation in Microbiology Learning and Teaching

Tuesday 30 March 2010

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When asked what they are looking for in a microbiology graduate, employers often stipulate a well-rounded individual who is self-motivated, can solve problems and interacts productively with fellow scientists. This symposium, organised jointly by the SGM and the HE Academy UK Centre for Bioscience, will give you the opportunity to discuss innovative approaches to delivering this paragon. The first half will look at how we can foster the key skills of creativity, problem-solving and enquiry-based learning in the laboratory and field. This will include a keynote presentation about an exciting ‘Phage-Hunting’ project from the University of Pittsburgh, which allows students from a range of educational backgrounds to engage in authentic scientific enquiry. We will then explore the impact of social networking tools, both on our students’ learning and on our own teaching practice. The symposium should be of interest to anyone involved in teaching microbiologists who wants to learn how to exploit the power of emerging approaches and technologies. If you think Twitter is just for chatting to celebrities, it’s time to take a fresh look!

Promoting key skills in microbiology teaching:
0830 Carol Wakeford, University of Manchester: A culture of creativity: techniques to foster new ideas.
0930 Tina Overton, Higher Education Academy, Hull Problem solving.
1100 Gus Cameron, eBioLabs, University of Bristol: Laboratory skills.
1400 Graham Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh: Where there’s smoke there’s PHIRE: authentic research projects for novice researchers.

Using Web2.0 technologies for teaching microbiology: information overload or filter failure?
1500 Cameron Neylon, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot: Information overload or filter failure?
1530 Vincent Racaniello, Columbia University Medical Center, New York: Social media in microbiology education and research.
1630 Kevin Emamy / Jason Hoyt, CiteULike, London / Mendeley, London: Automated discovery of scientific literature.

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