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Proceedings of the
Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning
Symposium

October, 2 & 3, 2008
The University of Sydney

ISBN: 978-1-74210-062-3

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 Cover and Table of Contents
 
*Peer reviewed
 
 Keynote Speakers
*A perspective on threshold concepts in Science and Engineering 1
 Prof John G. Hedberg, School of Education, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
 The Challenge of Visualising Science: Some Research Findings [Abstract only]12
 Assoc Prof Roy Tasker, School of Natural Sciences, University of Western Sydney
 Agent-augmented Multi-user Virtual Environments and Computational Agent-based Models: Beyond Heat from a Burning Fire? [Abstract only]12
 Prof Michael Jacobson, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
 
 Pearson Education Science Teaching Award Invited Presentation
*Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals (LIDA) for cats: an on-line relational database, using non-technical descriptions written by veterinary students 13
 Paul McGreevy, Sally Pope, Federico Costa, Peter Thomson, Tonya Stokes and Vanessa Barrs, Faculty of Veterinary Science,The University of Sydney
 
 Symposium Presentations
*The use of formative assessment and support materials to assist students in taking control of their own online learning18
 Richard F. Brightwell and David Buchannan, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
*Engaging students and improving learning outcomes with inquiry based biology practical classes 24
 Karen Burke da Silva, Zonnetje Auburn, Narelle Hunter and Jeanne Young, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia
 Empowering physics demonstrators to enhance first year laboratory experiences by use of real time visualization - a working DVD 30
 Suzanne Hogg and Lakshmi Srinivasan, Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
*Do students' experiences of a service subject correspond to their expectations? 35
 Les Kirkup, Alberto Mendez and Dale Scott, Department of Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology, Sydney, Manjula Sharma, John O'Byrne, Department of Physics, The University of Sydney, Jamie Quinton, School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia
 Adding value to Physics Education Technology simulations 41
 Robert J. Kruhlak and Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Department of Physics, and Colin Coghill, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
*Aligning Introductory Chemistry with the needs of the Faculty of Veterinary Science 47
 Thien Le, Siegbert Schmid, Adrian V. George and Justin R. Read, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Australia
*A pilot study on the impact of an online writing tool used by first year science students 54
 Osu Lilje, Virginia Breen, Alison Lewis and Aida Yalcin, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia
*Initial development of a Physics Goal Orientation survey using factor analysis 60
 Christine LindstrÝm and Manjula D. Sharma, School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Australia
*Teaching Special Relativity using Virtual Reality 67
 Dominic McGrath, Teaching and Educational Development Institute, The University of Queensland, Craig Savage and Michael Williamson, Department of Physics, The Australian National University, Margaret Wegener and Tim McIntyre, School of Physics, The University of Queensland, Australia
*Are science students' missing classes for the reasons we think? 74
 R. Ian Menz, Karen Burke da Silva and Narelle Hunter, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia
*Prelaboratory activities to enhance the laboratory learning experience 80
 Glennys O'Brien and Melanie Cameron, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, Australia
*eBot: a collaborative learning object repository for Australian flora 86
 Rosanne Quinnell, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney/The University of New South Wales, Murray Henwood, School of Biological Sciences, Su Hanfling and Rowan Brownlee, The Library, The University of Sydney, Australia
*Streamed project work: Letting everyone rise to the challenge 91
 Debbie Richards and Peter Busch, Department of Computing, Macquarie University, Australia
*Activating multiple senses in learning Statistics 98
  Alice Richardson, Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering, Felicia Zhang, Faculty of Communication and International Studies, and Brett A. Lidbury, Faculty of Science, University of Canberra, Australia
*Future Directions in Representing Learning in Biology 104
 Pauline Ross, College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney, Australia
*Build your own virtual photonics communication system: a photonics simulator for high school students109
 Adam Strickland, Department of Computing, Robert Williams, Nemanja Jovanovic, Benjamin Johnston and Judith M. Dawes, Department of Physics, Macquarie University, Australia
*Developing a discipline-based measure of visualisation 115
 Ken Sutton, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, and Anthony Williams, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle, Australia
*Students' conceptual knowledge of mechanical waves across different backgrounds and cultures 121
 Apisit Tongchai, Institute for Innovation and Development of Learning Process, Mahidol University, Thailand, Manjula Sharma and Ian Johnston, School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Australia, Kwan Arayathanitkul, Department of Physics, Mahidol University, Thailand
*Using a constructive feedback approach to effectively reduce student plagiarism among first-year psychology students 127
 Fiona White, Caleb Owens and Melanie Nguyen, School of Psychology, The University of Sydney, Australia
*ACELL for Physics? 133
 Kate Wilson, Department of Physics, Australian National University, David Mills, School of Physics, Monash University, Manjula Sharma, School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Les Kirkup, Alberto Mendez and Dale Scott, Department of Physics, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
 Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge in a second-level mathematics course 139
 Susan Worsley and Michael Bulmer, Mathematics, Mia O'Brien, Teaching and Educational Development Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia
*The personalisation hypothesis in e-learning: Further developments 145
 Alexandra Yeung, Siegbert Schmid and Adrian George, School of Chemistry, Michael King, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Australia
*Can one version of online learning materials benefit all students? 152
 Alexandra Yeung and Siegbert Schmid, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Roy Tasker, School of Natural Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia
*Language difficulties in first year Science - an interim report 159
  Felicia Zhang and Brett Lidbury, University of Canberra, Jurgen Schulte, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Adam Bridgeman, The University of Sydney, Brian Yates, University of Tasmania, and John Rodger, University of Newcastle, Australia.
 Critical reading and writing in first-year psychology: mass screening and targeted assistance [Abstract only] 165
  Jacquelyn Cranney, School of Psychology, Gwyn Jones and Sue Starfield Learning Centre, Sue Morris, Learning and Teaching, Kristy Martire, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Ben Newell and Kwan Wong School of Psychology The University of New South Wales, Australia
 Seeing is understanding: the use of online prelaboratory exercises to enhance learning in Zoology practicals [Abstract only]165
 Susan M. Jones and Ashley Edwards, School of Zoology, and Natalie Brown, Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, University of Tasmania, Australia
 
 Poster Presentations
*The use of reflective journals in a first year mathematics unit 166
 Carmel Coady and Leanne Rylands, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney, Australia
*Microbial vodcasting- supplementing laboratory time with vodcasts of key microbial skills 171
 A. Crampton and T. Vanniasinkam, School of Biomedical Sciences and A. T. Ragusa, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia
*Evaluating enquiry-oriented experiments in a service subject 177
 Les Kirkup and Lakshmi Srinivasan, Department of Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
*Using assessment audits to understand students' learning obstacles 182
 Rebecca LeBard, School Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Rosanne Quinnell, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney/The University of New South Wales
*The structure, use and impact of the staff version of ORWET 188
 Osu Lilje, Virginia Breen, Alison Lewis and Aida Yalcin, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia
*Digital video as a resource for teaching physics - A preliminary evaluation of effectiveness and some tips on how to do it better 193
 Adam P. Micolich, School of Physics, The University of New South Wales, Australia
 Why do physics? Where does it really lead? 199
 John O'Byrne, School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Australia, Alberto Mendez, Department of Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
*How does a high school outreach program engage our future scientists? 202
 Chong Eng Tay, Michelle Kofod, Rosanne Quinnell, Bianca Lino and Noel Whitaker, Faculty of Science - EdSquad, The University of New South Wales, Australia
*Writing critically about science: a curriculum structure for animal scientists 207
 Rosanne M. Taylor and Melanie Collier, Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, Australia
*Leveraging the online environment to remove barriers to student learning in large first year foundation subjects 214
 Emma Yench and A. Crosky, School of Materials Science and Engineering, K. Wilk, School of Physics, B. Allen, Learning and Teaching @UNSW, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  iResearch: information skills for life [Abstract only] 220
  Su Hanfling, Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Technology Library, Southnary Tan, Rebecca Goldsworthy, Fisher Library, The University of Sydney, Australia
 Glimpses of Science revisited: 'Multimedia-assisted' science activities for primary school teachers and their students [Abstract only] 220
 George Hatsidimitris, Jacinda Ginges and JoeWolfe, School of Physics, The University of New South Wales, Rick Connor, E-learning, The University of Sydney, Australia
 The Psychology of university student learning and performance: using the wiki tool in Blackboard to support collaborative hypertext development among first-year psychology students [Abstract only]221
  Steve Provost and Donnah Anderson, Department of Psychology, Southern Cross University, Australia
 Using Threshold Concepts to generate a new understanding of teaching and learning Biology [Abstract only] 221
 Charlotte Taylor, The University of Sydney, Noel Whitaker, Chris Hughes, Michelle Kofod, Louise Lutze-Mann, The University of New South Wales, Pauline M Ross, University of Western Sydney, Australia

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