Can we help your students fail?

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.

University Education in the Modern World

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.

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.

Getting the most out of your VLE: how to easily add functionality

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.

 “How can I increase student satisfaction and engagement on my course?”

We have been talking to universities across the country and this one question seems to be at the forefront of everybody's thoughts. Whilst there are a multitude of ways to address this, we believe that integrating technology into your course is a great way forward.

Learning Science Sponsors Biosciences E-learning Workshop

We are proud to announce our sponsorship of an e-learning training event hosted by The Biochemical Society in London on Monday 20th March 2017.
The theme of this one-day workshop for HE educators is “Using e-learning to improve student engagement in the biosciences”. It will introduce and explore e-learning methods and technologies available to improve student engagement within physical and virtual classrooms.