Title:  Teaching Innovations in Biochemistry: the ‘triumphs’ and the disasters

Speaker: Professor Gareth Denyer

Bio: Gareth was an academic in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Sydney for over 30 years and was one of the first in the Faculty of Science to attain the rank of Professor with a portfolio based mainly on teaching.  During his career, Gareth was responsible for a regular stream of teaching innovations, mainly in eLearning and spanning a wide range of approaches including Virtual Reality, electronic Laboratory Notebooks, student-authored examinations, and Laboratory Data Generation.  In the true spirit of learning by "Productive Failure", a large number of those experiments were underwhelming or downright disastrous, but at least a handful blossomed and represent sweet spots in assessment, engagement, and academic sustainability.  In this presentation, Gareth will (as candidly as modesty allows) showcase examples of triumphs and disasters and will reflect on why some initiatives work and why some don't.   

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