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Building an online Scientific Communication Skills resource: creating contentful engagement


Rush, P and Tarbath, R and Edwards, A and Osborn, J and Sheldon, B and Siddiqui, N and Porteous, M and Oxley, L and Dermoudy, J and Wood, D, Building an online Scientific Communication Skills resource: creating contentful engagement, Teaching Matters 2016: Transforming Practice Through Innovation and Partnerships programme, 07 December 2016, Launceston (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Teaching and learning of communication skills requires explicit instruction and modelling using resources that are educationally sound and that are responsive to our students’ varied backgrounds and developmental needs as well as to the time and capacity constraints of teaching staff. A cross-disciplinary team of university staff has collaborated to develop an online science communication skills resource that supports student learning of oral and written communication skills. The resource comprises modules to which students can be directed for independent, self-paced learning, or that staff can use in class teaching. The resource will be available via MyLO to all staff and students in the Faculty of SET from 2017.

In this presentation, we describe how current educational theories informed our design and development of the resource. This has included careful consideration of the ways in which students engage in learning, and the role of rich student-content interaction when the learning is required to be online and self-paced and so unable to rely on rich student-teacher or student-student interaction. Our focus on student-content interaction is not only because the primary intended use of our resource is ‘in isolation’, but also because of the varying applicability of pedagogical frameworks across quite different modes of teaching and learning. A particular intention of our focus on student-content interaction was to ensure that, although communication skills may be regarded as a ‘generic attribute’ (global), the teaching of these skills benefits from alignment with our students’ disciplinary interests and their enrolment at this university (local). We will demonstrate how this was achieved in terms of the content used in the resource and the way in which it has been embedded into MyLO. Our project included a survey of FSET teaching staff, seeking information about their current teaching of communication skills. This was conducted with ethics approval (H0015218).

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:online learning, scientific communication skills
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rush, P (Dr Penelope Rush)
UTAS Author:Tarbath, R (Mr Robert Tarbath)
UTAS Author:Edwards, A (Dr Ashley Edwards)
UTAS Author:Osborn, J (Dr Jon Osborn)
UTAS Author:Sheldon, B (Dr Brooke Sheldon)
UTAS Author:Siddiqui, N (Dr Nazlee Siddiqui)
UTAS Author:Porteous, M (Ms Morag Porteous)
UTAS Author:Oxley, L (Mrs Louise Oxley)
UTAS Author:Dermoudy, J (Dr Julian Dermoudy)
UTAS Author:Wood, D (Dr David Wood)
ID Code:113558
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-01-06
Last Modified:2017-02-28

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