Good news: The QS in Science project is extended
The project Extending QS in Science: Trialling and disseminating resources to link and build QS across life sciences majors was recently approved by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). This project extends the Quantitative Skills (QS) in Science project via the application and dissemination of QS in Science developed curricular resources (the mapping tool, the QS standards list, and the case study template) to new life sciences majors at La Trobe University, Monash University and the University of Queensland. Dissemination activities will occur via action planning workshops, conference presentations, maintenance of the QS in Science website, and the continuation of project newsletters to the roughly 300 members of the QS in Science network.
Life sciences program wide action-planning workshops in September
The QS in Science extension team will be facilitating action-planning workshops at La Trobe University, Monash University and the University of Queensland to engage unit coordinators and program leaders of life sciences majors in focused and productive curricular planning to not only indicate what QS are taught but to map, link and identify QS gaps across the majors. The focus will be on action-planning using existing curricular development resources such as the visual mapping tool, an extensive list of QS topics, and case study templates for unit coordinators to document explicit QS which are taught and assessed in their units.
QS in Science extension team to facilitate ‘nuts and bolts’ workshop at ACSME
The Extending QS in Science team will facilitate a ‘nuts and bolts’ workshop, Building quantitative skills in science: Students’ journeys in applying mathematics and statistics across the curriculum, in the upcoming Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) conference. In this workshop participants will work collaboratively to identify opportunities to coordinate QS planning efforts across the science curriculum. Participants will construct an action plan for discussion in their home institution. We hope to see you there!
How do we improve basic QS for under-prepared students and build awareness of their relevance within science disciplines?
Deb Jackson and Liz Johnson answer this question in a recent paper, A hybrid model of mathematics support for science students emphasizing basic skills and discipline relevance. You can read the full paper from Taylor & Francis Online, published by the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (iJMEST).
The Maths Skills program at La Trobe University has been developed to address mathematically under prepared students in the first-year science cohort in the absence of an institutional mathematics support centre. The program was delivered through first-year science and statistics subjects with large enrolments and focused on basic mathematical skills relevant to each science discipline. The program offered a new approach to the traditional mathematical support centre or class. It was designed through close collaboration between science subject coordinators and the project leader, a mathematician, and includes resources relevant to science and mathematics questions written in context.
QS in Science dissemination continues
Carmel Coady, a member of the QS in Science project team, was invited to give a 30 minute presentation at the Victorian/Tasmanian (VTAS) promoting Excellence Network – OLT Workshop held on the 5th June at Swinburne University. The workshop of seventy-five attendees focused on writing successful OLT grants. Carmel presented not only the outcomes of the QS in Science project, but also indicated how the project was formulated and successfully managed.
Lighthouse DELTA 2013 Conference
The 9th Delta conference will be held at the Pavilion, in the coastal town of Kiama, New South Wales, Australia. This year’s theme, Shining through the fog, encapsulates and brings to light the challenges faced by those responsible for building mathematics and statistics capacity needed for the 21st century. Registration is now open. Look out for the Extending QS in Science presentation!