Professor Alan Spivey, Assistant Provost (learning and teaching), will be giving an update on Learning and Teaching Strategy progress, activities and events. Alan will also be running a short Q&A session – if you have any questions on Curriculum Review or Pedagogy Transformation, please do come along and ask them.

Following Alan, we will be showcasing the teaching and insights of two Imperial staff members. Abstracts will appear below once each talk is confirmed.

CHEMTRACK: Personalised journeys through chemistry

Dr Laura Patel

The aim of CHEMTRACK is to create a programme of chemistry laboratory education, placing students at the centre of the design and implementation of the laboratory activities. CHEMTRACK Modules are a series of practical challenges which enable students to realise their potential as scientists and inventors during their undergraduate studies. Underpinning this new laboratory philosophy is the CHEMTRACK Skills Passport, an electronic framework for capturing student learning across a coherent set of research skills as they pursue their own individual journeys through their self-defined laboratory curriculum. Our progress in the development of this skills passport will be discussed.

Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE) 

Dr Wayne Mitchell and Dr Maaike Pols

JoVE publishes the first peer reviewed Journal of Visualized Experiments and a library of Science Education videos. Imperial staff members can use JoVE when teaching key STEM concepts and fundamental laboratory techniques.

Dr Maaike Pols, a curriculum specialist with JoVE will introduce JoVE and the content that Imperial staff members currently have access to. She will also talk about some of the case studies JoVE has been involved with, showing how using videos in learning affects student’s confidence and test results.

Dr Wayne Mitchell will reflect on his experience using JoVE resources as teaching aids in a short course he developed for the Department of Medicine (Mastering Laboratory Skills). His students found that the resources were useful in helping them to understand not only the principle but also how it related to scientific research.