Here at LearnSciHQ, we’re working hard on developing new interactive resources to expand our chemistry library. Over the past year we’ve had requests including electrochemistry, NMR, IR and TLC resources. That’s where we’re focusing our efforts this year, and we’ve got a sneak peek for you here.
If, like us, you’ve a few more miles on the clock than most of this week’s UCAS clearing candidates, cast your mind back to 2001, the year many of them were born.
2001 delivered a dip in the UK birth rate. There are approximately 200,000 fewer UK-born people turning 18 this year than last. The birth rate dip lasted till 2002, so the picture will be the same for the 2020 cohort, before bouncing back with a 400,000 increase in 2021.
What does the birth rate dip mean for universities in this clearing cycle?
Ryan Cornwell, a Biomedical Science undergraduate from University of the West of England, joined us for a summer internship. We asked Ryan what he had found most interesting during his time with us, and if there were any other insights he’d be taking back to his studies.
Summer. Cricket on the radio. The scent of freshly mown grass. Ripples of laughter from distant beer gardens. And… the small matter of fixing all the things on your to-do list before the new academic year begins, and we go around again.
With the dust barely settled on the exam room tables it feels a bit drastic to be whipping ourselves into action for the new academic year to come. But as we know, the hardest part of the job is usually starting it, and the sooner we start, the easier things become.
So, if your to-do list includes ramping up your pre-lab resources or helping students cement their learning post-lab, we’d better get cracking.
Edison, arguably America's greatest inventor, knew the value of failure. He made over a thousand unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Later when asked by a reporter, ‘How did it feel to fail a thousand times?’ Edison replied, ‘I didn't fail a thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with a thousand steps.’
We help students learn science. It’s in our company name. So unsurprisingly eyebrows rise when we tell people we help students fail. Shouldn’t our mission be diametrically opposed to failure? No. Failure should be embraced.
Our summer innovations here at LearnSciHQ are well underway, and we’ve got a wide range of bioscience and chemistry resources to reveal, for a planned autumn 2019 release. Here’s a sneak peek of the new expansion to our bioscience resource library, featuring physiology, pharmacology, genetics and safety.
The long-awaited summer break is upon us. Here at Learning Science that means a chance to meet with our customers at lots of events and conferences, get feedback on how we help them, and to ask what more we can do to make life easier.
One big theme we’re hearing, is that along with warmer evenings and a chance to reflect on the previous academic year, summer also means budget review time for many of you.
So, if you find yourself in a budgetary bunfight and want others to see the value Learning Science brings, what are the big things you can be talking about?
We were honoured to be asked to contribute an article in the March 2019 edition of SEBBM, the Spanish biochemical society’s journal. The core theme of this edition is “University Education in the Modern World”. We really enjoyed the series, and have summarised each publication below.
Learning Science are pleased to announce over a dozen NEW bioscience interactive resources! Available at no extra cost in our bioscience pre-lab library, the expansion covers topics including microbiology, immunodetection, lab equipment, qPCR and more.
Find out more about what’s included in the new release here.
The overall topic is A Connected Engineering Curriculum - Learning Through Enquiry and Practice. Bill and Stan will be at the Learning Science stand both days. You are very welcome to say hello and find out about how Smart Worksheets could take your teaching labs to the next level.
In a recent collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust, we are proud to announce the launch of www.wowscience.co.uk, a child friendly gateway to high quality primary science resources on the internet and beyond. Whether you want videos, games, experiments or apps, our focus is clear: accurate science presented in a fun and engaging way.
From the 7th-12th July, FEBS Congress are celebrating Biochemistry Forever 2018 in the beautiful historic city of Prague.
Bill, Iain and Emily will be at the Learning Science stand ready to find out about your practical labs and how you might want to take your teaching labs to the next level. Pick up some free science art and enter our first ever competition to win €6000 worth of bioscience simulations for your labs.
Learning Science are proud to sponsor and exhibit at the Horizons in STEM HE conference at the University of Hull on the 28th - 29th June 2018. The theme this year is Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy, and we look forward to exchanging ideas and discussing pedagogical practices with fellow innovators across Higher Education disciplines.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
Teaching labs across the country are going through a time of transition, including the introduction of learning technology. In recent years we have seen the development and potential of virtual labs which could be used to replace teaching labs.
However, real university teaching labs are invaluable; irreplaceable, even. Here are our top four reasons why.
This semester, the University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry have transformed two teaching lab units with learning technology.
In doing so, they have enhanced student confidence in the lab, made more efficient use of lab time and improved the quality, consistency and timeliness of feedback whilst reducing the staff marking burden.
How much do you and your students get out of your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)?
Imagine your VLE with the added opportunity to provide real-time feedback to individualised student assessments, test your students on their ability to draw chemical structures, add in complex mathematical notation or introduce engaging and interactive resources to spice up your own content.
With these added functionalities, the opportunities for student engagement and active learning are abundant.
Online assessments are an increasingly integral part of UK higher education. The potential is huge, and the possibilities growing. But digital infrastructure alone is not sufficient for effective online assessment. A foundation of solid pedagogical underpinnings is needed.
Here are five tips to enhance the effectiveness of your online assessment practices.
First year teaching labs have variable digital learning provisions among UK universities, according to a Learning Science survey of delegates at ViCE-PHEC 2017 in York, a leading conference in chemistry and physics higher education teaching.
Welcome to Learning Science’s News Digest for July 2017.
This month we learned about potential new changes to TEF and the pay-packets of vice-chancellors, and the finalists of the Global Higher Education Excellence Awards.
We cover a study on the thinking processes of chemistry students, and a report on how students feel before uni vs during or after. There is news, although it’s not entirely new, that the proportion first-class degrees is greatly increasing at some institutions.
In science, it appears that frogs benefited greatly from the event that killed off the non-avian dinosaurs, and we discover a “charming” new particle.