Team-based learning in Chemistry

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 12.30 pm to 2.00pm

Speaker: Glenn Hurst, Associate Lecturer, Department of Chemistry
Location: Room HG21, Heslington Hall

According to a recent survey, 95% of employers wanted teamwork formally taught and assessed during an undergraduate chemistry degree; and 99% said that these generic skills were at least as important as a candidate’s understanding of the subject matter.[1]

This session will provide participants with an overview of the educational literature pertaining to team-based learning together with outlining how the Department of Chemistry facilitates large and small group learning in the classroom, laboratory and independently. Examples to be discussed include:

  • Group exercises with industrial participation to enhance student personal development skills;
  • Utilising scratchcards to facilitate competitive team-based support teaching;
  • Collaborative summer business activity for students studying natural sciences (also adapted for postgraduate and CPD training);
  • Developing communication skills through microteaching via the Graduate Teaching Assistant programme;
  • Laboratory courses and experiments for developing teamwork skills.
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to share best practices in their respective departments.

    [1]: A E Kondo and J D Fair, J. Chem. Educ., 2017 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00566

    View Glenn’s promotional video here. (University of York login required.)

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