“Game on! …” a success
The CUBEnet-VIBEnet-QS in Science symposium Game on!: Preparing our biology and biomedical graduates for the future was hailed a great success. More than 90 biologists from VIBEnet and CUBEnet along with chemists and mathematicians attended the two day event.
QS in Science was one of the highlights with two engaging speakers captivating the audience. Dr Kyle Seifert from James Madison University shared programmatic assessment approaches in biology and Dr Katerina Thompson from the University of Maryland introduced MathBench, the online modules designed to build the QS of biology students. The benefits of using these modules were apparent as there is now a project underway to adapt and apply these to the Australian context.
Having science and mathematics academics attending the same symposium certainly proved to be worthwhile, as one participant commented “…excellent turnout! Brilliant idea to bring the discipline groups together this year around quantitative skills, well done to all involved!”.
A QS follow-up project was born!
The QS in Science project team is excited at the prospect of a follow-up project based on the MathBench modules. This project is being driven by science and mathematics academics from five Australian universities, led by Deakin University. The project ”Development and implementation of MathBench for Australian Universities to improve QS of science students” will adapt, pilot and evaluate the effectiveness of the online Math Bench modules in the Australian context.
QS Special Edition papers due 15 January 2013
Quantitative skills in science: integrating mathematics and statistics in undergraduate science curricula a Special Issue in the International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology (iJMEST). This special issue on quantitative skills (QS) provides a timely opportunity for the science and mathematics sector to share current practice, and build a foundation for future scholarship and research in QS in science. Empirical research, case studies or theoretical essays are welcome. We hope contributors will come from a range of disciplines. Information for contributors is here. Publication date is September 2013.
QS in Science Final Project Report is now with OLT
The QS in Science project Final Report has been submitted to the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT). This report drew mainly from the earlier report entitled The state of quantitative skills in undergraduate science education: Findings from an Australian study prepared for the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) in July of this year. This comprehensive report will soon be made public and we look forward to sharing this with you in 2013.
Life of the QS in Science project website
We are pleased to inform you that the project website will still be live and accessible for the next five years as arrangements with the provider are being finalised.
The QS in Science project team wishes you all the best for this holiday season. May you all have a prosperous and productive 2013!