What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?

Our students come from increasingly diverse backgrounds and levels of preparation, and we want all of them to have a positive and productive educational experience. The School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences cares deeply about teaching and learning, and we develop and using innovative ways to help our students learn. 

When we introduce a new method of teaching, it's important to make sure it's actually working to help students. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a new field of research in which academics study the learning gains experienced by students as they progress through their education. The aim of the SoTL practitioner is to work out what, how, and how much students learn in different educational situations, then share this information with colleagues so that everyone can improve their teaching practice and student learning outcomes. SoTL academics can work in any field of educational study and have their own professional society: issotl.org

UQ is the first Australian University to appoint academics with a SoTL research focus. The goal of these academics is to create collegial, critical, evidence-based communities of faculty and students where student learning goals and outcomes are central.

SCMB has five SoTL academics, all of whom completed extensive research experience in traditional science laboratories before they started their SoTL research. 
 
If you would like to know more about SoTL, or teaching and learning in SCMB, feel free to contact us (more contacts to be added soon).
 
 
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SCMB Teacher Named for National Excellence

Dr Gwen Lawrie is among the nation's most outstanding university teachers for 2013.

Textbook fills the gap in biochemistry learning

Developed by Justin Ridge and Simon Worrall with a collaborator from USyd, this book targets health students.

New Support for Excellent Teaching at SCMB

Science undergraduate education is among UQ projects funded this week by the Federal Government.

Tutoring Excellence in 2011

SCMB's top performing tutors for first semester 2011 have been recognised for their efforts.

Susan Rowland Receives International Travel Award

Dr Rowland is one of five exceptional educators to receive a 2011 travel award from the American Society for Microbiology.

Teaching and Learning Excellence is rewarded

Congratulations to members of the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences who have recently received commendations for their work in Teaching and Learning. Drs Gwen Lawrie, Susan Rowland and Jack Wang have been awarded Faculty of Scien...
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