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In 2000 UniServe Science introduced a First Year Experience Forum to enable the enthusiastic science teachers, who are committed to "doing things better", to have the opportunity to share with one another. Reports from previous Forums can be accessed through the First Year Experience web page.
The Discussion Forum, Students "at risk" was held at the University of Sydney on Thursday 2 October 2003.
The programme included five short presentations by various academics representing
several Australian universities. These 'cameos' illustrated a number of alternative
strategies that are being implemented and issues that are being addressed by
universities, faculties or school/department in relation to the assessment of
first year students.
Invited speakersDawn Gleeson, The University of Melbourne
Sue Jones, The University of Tasmania
Charlotte Taylor, The University of Sydney
John O'Byrne, The University of Sydney
Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Macquarie University
There were three break-out groups each of which were asked to consider three issues:
Reports from break-out groups
- Ways of identifying students at risk - before it is too late. Is this possible?
- Providing an on-campus learning experience in spite of competing commitments like casual work; family matters etc - how do we achieve this and cope with the competition?
- What strategies can we use to "rescue" students?
References and web sites
The discussion considered areas that need exposure, and these included
· Initiatives to challenge students creativity
· Catering for the best students
· Challenge all student through curriculum design and assessment
· Plagiarism – causes for and strategies to minimize
A straw poll for April or October, resulted in a consensus for October.
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