Report: Science Learning and Teaching Conference 2005

Photo of the 2005 conference 27-28 June 2005, University of Warwick

The inaugural Science Learning and Teaching conference, run by the Subject Centre for Bioscience, the Physical Sciences Subject Centre and the UK Centre for Materials Education took place on the 27-28 June 2005 at the University of Warwick.

The conference brought together science learning and teaching practitioners in higher education to discuss and share experiences, challenges and effective and innovative practice.


The conference focused on three areas; e-Learning, maths and assessment, and was supported by the FDTL 4 projects:

  • EFEL- Effective Feedback Enhanced Learning
  • FAST - Formative Assessment in Science Teaching
  • LeAP - Problem Based Learning in Astronomy and Physics
  • OLAAF - On-Line Assessment And Feedback
  • PPLATO - Promoting Physics Learning And Teaching Opportunities

Front cover of 2005 Conference Proceedings The proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference 2005 are available for download from this page. The proceedings contain the papers submitted by authors for oral presentations, workshops and poster presentations. O = Oral Presentation; W = Workshop; P = Poster Download the conference proceedings ( PDF format, 1,520 kb ) Alternatively you can download individual papers, see below.





Day 1

Day 2

Poster presentations


Day 1
Welcome and introduction to the Conference
Tina Overton, Physical Sciences Subject Centre
Keynote: Are our educational practices best fit for purpose?
Professor David VandeLinde, Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick
Speed dating/informal theme discussions
Delegates took part in a "speed dating" session, discussing learning and teaching issues.
Parallel Session 1
e-Learning - session chair Tina Overton
O1 Using an audience response system in lectures
Darrell Brooks
O2 Using e-learning to promote peer learning & assessment
Paul Chin
O3 Virtual experiments across the science curriculum
Philip Butcher
O4 Development of an e-learning resource in support of large class size teaching the biosciences
Momna Hejmadi
O5 e-learning: Setting up a diploma in applied chemistry through the university’s virtual campus
Hazel Wilkins
Maths - session chair Dick Bacon
O6 Supporting maths and physics through the PPLATO resources
Mike Tinker
O7 Learning & teaching via online maths tests
Martin Greenhow
O8 Mathtutor: Supporting students in learning mathematics
Jim Stevenson
O9 Counting on numbers - squaring the numeracy divide
Adam Watts
Short papers - session chair Steve Maw
O10 The ‘poor Raymond’ investigation: A team work exercise to inspire new students
Patrick Bailey
O11 Self and peer assessment: A role for learning in higher education
Paul Orsmond (view Paul's presentation)
O12 Use of a Sci-art project to explore the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration
Maureen Dawson
O13 Just in time teaching: A structure blended learning model for science and skills
Jacqueline Potter (view Jacqueline's presentation)
O14 First and final year courses in undergraduate biosciences as teaching-learning environments (paper not submitted)
Dai Hounsell
Assessment 1 (FDTL4 oral presentations and poster promenade) - session chair Stephen Swithenby
O15 Headlines from the FAST project - Assessment for effecting learning
Stephen Swithenby
O16 Headlines from the OLAAF project - Effective computer-based assessment
Richard Rayne (See P22, P23, P25, P27 and P28 for a summary of the work presented)
O17 Headlines from the EFEL project - Enhanced learning through target setting
Colin Hughes
Parallel workshops 1
W1 The Chemistry and Physics Boxes
Ashley Clarke and Steve Walker
W2 Engaging with the ethical implications of science
Chris Willmott

Photo of conference dinner

Poster exhibition and wine reception

Conference dinner


Day 2
Parallel workshops 2
W3 The Midwich Cuckoos revisited: Promoting learning through peer group work
Bill Byers
W4 The best of both worlds? Experiencing research through teaching
Heather Sears
W5 e-learning and disability: Tales from the Riverbank (and other non-classroom based learning environments)
Lawrie Phipps
W6 Introduction to problem-based learning
Sarah Symons
Parallel sessions 2
Short papers 1 - session chair Ed Wood
O18 The integration of problem-based learning into a traditional teaching framework – lessons on mixed economy models of education
Raul Sutton (view Raul's presentation)
O19 Student authored questions encouraging a deeper learning in physics
Ken McGregor
O20 Responding to changes in pre-entry qualifications
Anthony Cook
O21 Distance education in elementary physics without face-to-face sessions: The design of problem-solving and laboratory content for a web-based course
James Hunt
Assessment 2 (Facilitated by FAST/OLAAF/EFEL) - session chair Richard Rayne
O22 Novel pedagogic and IT approaches to the academic assessment of workplace learning
Stephen Gomez
O23 Assessment of practical skills
Peter Klappa
O24 Formative assessment in feedback in pharmacology - encouraging engagement
Iain Coleman
Short papers 2 - session chair Roger Gladwin
O25 Enhancing the development of experimental design skills in life science undergraduates: the link between confidence and engagement
Jane Mackenzie (view Jane's presentation)
O26 Physics education research and UK physics; tensions and possible remedies
David Sands
O27 LeAP interaction: Towards curriculum change in HE
Sarah Symons
O28 Industry-supported context-based chemistry practicals
David McGarvey


Posters were on display throughout the Conference, click on the title to view the paper of the poster from the proceedings.

Photo of poster session

P1 Development of an interactive online alternative to a laboratory-based demonstration in the module: Food microbiology
Hazel Gibson, Julie Walton & Matthew Hammerton

P2 What’s a CETL all about?
Karen Moss

P3 Epistemology teaching & assessment in physics
David Sands

P4 Development enterprise skills in undergraduate physicists
Marek Szablewski

P5 To Flash or not to Flash - The use of Macromedia Flash as an effective tool for the production of e-learning materials in Higher Education
Matthew Hammerton

P6 Getting Started with Macromedia Flash
Ray Wallace

P7 Plagiarism: Do students know what it is?
Maureen Dawson & Joyce Overfield

P8 The Resource Discover Network (RDN): Using the best of the Web in teaching & learning
John Blunden-Ellis

P9 Use of PharmaCALogy software in a Problem Based Learning programme to teach pharmacology for Extended and Supplementary Nurse prescribing
Iain Coleman & Adam Watts

P10 A good big 'un….: adaptive technology and scientific software
Nick Musgrove & Richard Homfray

P11Activity diary program to enhance teaching of energy balance
Allan Wise and Eoin Cowhide

P12 Digital alternatives and disability in science education
Lawrie Phipps

P13 Training the teachers: Virtual learning - real benefits?
Joanne Badge, Jon Scott & Alan Cann

P14 Chemistry: The next generation: A multi-dimensional Aim higher project tackling under representation in the chemical sciences in HE
Kate Burrell & Paul Cullis

P15 Using real-world forms to focus on undergraduate learning
Duncan Reavey

P16 RRICE: Recruitment and retention in a chemical environment
Sue Armstrong & Beth Paschke

P17 Written feedback - is there any point?
Chris Glover & Evelyn Brown

P18 Improving learning & assessment with confidence-based marking
Tony Gardner-Medwin

P19 Distance Education in Elementary Physics without Face-To-Face Sessions: The Design of Problem-Solving and Laboratory Content for a Web-Based Course
James Hunt

P20 Using the technology - Integrating the learning experiences
Dick Bacon

P21 A Virtual Institute of Interdisciplinary Innovation
Tania Burchell

P22 Student perceptions of computer-based formative assessments in a semi-distance module
Richard Rayne & Glenn Baggott

P23 Evaluation by First Year Cell Biology Students of a Formative Computer- based Assessment Incorporating Feedback
Chris Bax, Ellen Howey, Caroline Pellett-Many, Glenn Baggott, Richard Rayne, Maria Neonaki & Christopher Branford-White

P24 On-line delivery of foundation degrees in land-based subjects
Peter Lumsden & Julie Youngs

P25 Computer based learning and assessment packages in genetics and cytogenetics: Pedagogy and andragogy
Darren Griffin, Julia Stephenson & W. Morris

P26 Replacing a formal examination question with a problem-based assignment: effect on student learning
John Green

P27 Teaching Problem Solving in Biochemistry: A Blended Learning Approach Featuring Computer-based Formative Assessment
Les Jervis & Loretta Jervis - presented by Richard Rayne

P28 Computer-assisted and Computer-based Testing to Assess Procedural and Conceptual Knowledge in Bioscience Undergraduates
Richard Rayne & Glenn Baggott

Additional Posters

  • AURS: Applied Undergraduate Research Skills CETL
    Anne Crook
  • GENIE: Genetics Education - Networking of Innovation and Excellence CETL
    Annette Cashmore
  • The redesign of 1st year practical modules in the Faculty of Life Science at the University of Manchester
    Gayle Ferguson
  • Project LeAP: Problem Based Learning in Astronomy and Physics
    Sarah Symons
  • PPLATO: Promoting Physics Learning in Teaching Opportunities
    Mike Tinker
  • EFEL - Feedback and Target Setting
    Colin Hughes & Susan Smith