We've lined up the following two talks for our February Talking Teaching:

How can software enhance maths learning?

Shireen Lock (FoE Ed Tech), Dr Phil Ramsden (Maths), and Dr Peter Johnson (Mech Eng) will explain how software can enhance maths learning by freeing the teacher to teach and equipping the learner to learn. Examples of current practice using ‘Mobius assessment’ software (available to all at Imperial) will be shown. Examples include students inputting equations and receiving customised feedback; and how we can change our lesson plans week-by-week based on analytics of student usage.

Chemical Kitchen

Chemical Kitchen aims to provide training to undergraduate students in good laboratory practice, experimental design, and practical skills through food experiments. It is an example of learning across disciplines, where this non-threatening, parallel, and inclusive learning environment is rooted in the strong overlap between the skills and attributes needed by professionals both in science and gastronomy. Dr Luke Delmas and Dr Jakub Radzikowski (Chemistry) have developed a novel practical course for first year chemistry undergraduates in which groups of 15 students work in a hybrid kitchen-lab environment over three sessions prior to conducting their first synthetic chemistry experiment. In this talk, they will describe the developed learning activities and reflect on the experience of the first cohort of students who took the course in winter 2019.