Feedback: Completing the Cycle

Feedback cycles are useful concepts in biological systems, our everyday lives, and education. However, Higher Education is finding itself in something of a feedback crisis, with low student satisfaction despite high academic workload in this area. Here we explore how changing our conceptions of feedback in Higher Education could address this, and look at some positive cases of innovative feedback practice within bioscience disciplines.

This is the abstract of my article in the June 2018 edition of The Biochemist magazine from the Biochemical Society about Feedback: Completing the Cycle. Click through to access the whole article.

New and Improved: What's coming up next for Learning Science

Here at Learning Science we’ve been innovating for over ten years, and we’re not planning on stopping now. There are some very exciting developments underway at LearnSciHQ, and we’d like to share a few with you here: a growing bioscience library, Smart Worksheets now enriched with interactive graphs, plus the first steps of a new chemistry series.

Upcoming Conference Talk: Technology enhanced learning to support postgraduate education

Dr John Eastman, one of our directors, is presenting at the Excellence in Postgraduate Education workshop at Cranfield University on the 26th April 2018.

The workshop is free to attend with some places still available at the last time of checking. The focus is on innovation in postgraduate teaching methods.

Here is the abstract of John’s talk, entitled Technology enhanced learning to support postgraduate education:

New from Learning Science: microscopy interactives and more

New from Learning Science: microscopy interactives and more

Learning Science are pleased to announce four new light microscopy interactive resources as expansions to the bioscience pre-lab library. Taken together, they offer students a comprehensive introduction to functional use of a compound light microscope. Used individually, each one functions as a stand-alone resource which targets specific skills. Find out here what your students can achieve with each one.

Results from ALT’s Annual Survey: What’s Important to Learning Technologists?

If you work with learning technology, what’s important to you - now and in the future?

For the past four years, ALT (Association for Learning Technology) has put out a survey designed to track current and future trends in learning technology, and how it’s used across sectors. Here we discuss some key findings of ALT's Annual Survey 2017, published 1st March 2018.

Learning Science Case Study: Coventry University Biosciences

Learning Science Case Study: Coventry University Biosciences

Learning Science have partnered with Coventry University to bring enhanced pre lab and post lab solutions to their bioscience students.

Find out about how they customised our Learning Science Labs: Bioscience pre-lab package to suit their lab requirements, and worked with us to develop bespoke Smart Worksheets and other auto-graded post-lab assignments to support their students engagement and understanding of practicals with detailed, timely and consistent feedback.

HEA STEM 2018 conference - a brief summary and review

Last week (31st Jan & 1st Feb 2018), Learning Science attended the Higher Education Academy’s STEM conference in Newcastle, which focussed on Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement.

Here's a brief summary and review of how we found it.

Getting Creative: Learning Science at the HEA STEM conference

We’re going to be attending the HEA STEM conference in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on Weds 31st January and Thurs 1st February 2018. The focus this year is Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement.

We’ve got a stand and will be running an interactive workshop session on the Thursday afternoon, where we look forward to learning from and sharing ideas with you.

It's called: "Creative techniques to support your laboratory practicals: student engagement via interactive simulations, smart worksheets & more."