Guest Lecture on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the Sciences

Why the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Matters in the Sciences 

Tuesday 28th April, 2015. The slides from this presentation are now available.

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Presenter: Emeritus Professor Carmel McNaught, Professor of Learning Enhancement and former Director of the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

University teachers are under a great deal of pressure with diverse classes, administrative requirements, rising expectations from management, etc. In this talk, Carmel will invite the audience to take a step back and consider the essentials of teaching Science.

  • What are the key priorities?
  • What are the moments that bring a smile of satisfaction to our faces?
  • How can Science academics remain true to their teaching role in the face of external pressures?

This lecture will explore the view that to raise the status of teaching it is necessary to garner evidence about the aspects of the job that really matter by systematically gathering evaluation data about our students’ learning. Carmel will describe evaluation in all its facets and present a framework that links evaluation into the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). In practicing SoTL, teachers can strengthen their arguments about how best to support student learning, and can also support their own career development. A win-win scenario!

About the Presenter:

Carmel McNaught is Emeritus Professor of Learning Enhancement and former Director of the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since the early 1970s, Carmel has worked in higher education in Australasia, southern Africa and the UK in the fields of chemistry, science education, second-language learning, eLearning, and higher-education curriculum and policy matters. She has served on the editorial boards of 18 international journals; and is a prolific author with well over 300 academic publications; recent publications and activities can be viewed at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/clear/people/Carmel.html. She is currently a higher-education consultant, working mostly in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, the UAE and the UK.