Quantitative Skills (QS) in Science in 2013

April 17th, 2013 by QS in Science team Categories: Updates No Responses

Be sure to check out our updated Project Resources page!

This QS in Science Update discusses 2013 post-project activities. While the QS in Science Final Report is being reviewed by the Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT), QS in Science spin-off activities and follow-up projects are plentiful!

QS in Science article: What QS are needed? How are we collaborating?

The paper, Scientists and mathematicians collaborating to build quantitative skills in undergraduate science, draws directly from the QS in Science project and is published in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (iJMEST). The article discusses ways in which mathematics and science academics are working together to build the QS of their undergraduate science students, together with the mathematics and statistics needed or desired in a science degree. Forty-eight academics from eleven Australian and two USA universities were interviewed about QS in science. Information is presented on: what QS academics want in their undergraduate science students; who is teaching QS; how mathematics and science departments work together to build QS in science; and implications for building the QS of science students. We wonder how the findings will surprise you?

workshop participants

QS in Science follow-up project: EOI accepted, full application coming

A few informal conversations at the December 2012 Game On! Forum led to a QS in Science follow-up project proposal involving eleven team members from one American and seven Australian universities. The power of networking in action! The forum was funded by the OLT and jointly organised by VIBECUBEnet and the QS in Science project. The proposed project, Development and implementation of MathBench for Australian universities to improve quantitative skills of science and mathematics students, aims to adapt and embed the MathBench online modules for use in Australian undergraduate science and mathematics programs across seven universities. The project EOI was well-received by the OLT with a request for a full application!

Extension application: Applying QS in Science resources

The project proposal, Extending QS in Science: Trialling and disseminating resources to link and build QS across life sciences majors, aims to apply and disseminate the QS in Science developed curricular resources (mapping tool, QS standards list, and case study template) to several life sciences majors in three universities. Activities will include action-planning workshops that would lead to (1) curricular maps of QS across specific life sciences majors in three universities; (2) a detailed list of major-specific standards for QS including topic areas at each year level; and (3) exemplary case studies of individual QS innovations within critical units in the major. The application is currently being considered by the OLT.

HERDSA newsletter: What’s next for QS in Science?

The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) invited the QS in Science team to update the HERDSA community on our project findings. We offer several follow-up proposals to build on our findings and invite HERDSA members to take the lead! Read our HERDSA QS article here. Perhaps you’ll want to take the lead on a future QS in Science follow-up project?

Promoting Excellence Workshop: Look for QS in Science in June

The QS in Science team was kindly invited to present at the Victorian and Tasmanian (VTAS) network Promoting Excellence Workshop to be held at Swinburne University in Melbourne on 5 June, 2013. We will be discussing project findings and activities and hope to see you there!

More coming: Special edition arriving in September

iJMEST, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, is featuring a series of QS in science articles in the September edition. We’ll be sure to alert you to the special edition later in the year.

Must see website: National Centre for Teaching & Learning in Australia

The Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) Teaching and Learning Centre exists to support quality teaching and learning in science and mathematics in higher education. The new ACDS LT Centre is the hub of Australian activities on matters of national significance to science and mathematics higher education. The QS in Science team is grateful for the tremendous support of the ACDS TL Centre. Have you visited the new website yet?

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