share your knowledge and experience

IOL2012 provided an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with a diverse audience and contribute to how science education will be shaped into the future.

There were rich opportunities for speakers to share insights and experiences. We welcomed speakers who discussed the issues and practicalities of learning through inquiry by focusing particularly on:

  • Discipline specific case studies or
  • Applications of technology or
  • Implementation at secondary school level or
  • The challenge of facilitating learning through inquiry through large classes

PDF summaries of selected presentations are available below.

The presentations were in two formats:

a)     Conventional presentations – 15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions

b)     Highly focused presentations in the Pecha Kucha style[1] of- 5 minutes (10 slides) + 5 minutes for questions


Keynote: Professor Mick Healey (University of Gloucestershire)

Engaging students in research and inquiry: from first year to final year

Gabriela Weaver (Purdue University)

Engaging 1st and 2nd Year Science Students in a Course-Embedded Authentic Research Project

Dr Gwen Lawrie (UQ)

IS-IT Learning? Implementing collaborative interdisciplinary scenario inquiry tasks in large first-year science classes

 Associate Professor Kendal McGuffie (UTS)

Smart stuff with smart phones

Dr Liz Johnson (LaTrobe)

Scientific inquiry online?

 Associate Professor Simon Pyke (Adelaide)

Inquiry & iPads: Introducing first-years to science & scientists

 Dr Charlotte Taylor (University of Sydney)

Virtual worlds and computational modelling engage students in inquiry activities in the high school classroom

Ms Karen Burke da Silva (Flinders)

Guided Inquiry: the need for a scaffolded approach in large first year courses

Dr Chris Creagh and Dr David Parleviet (Murdoch)

Inquiry Oriented learning in Physics at Murdoch: A Case Study

Dr Margaret Wegener (UQ)

Heat: An inquiry-based physics lab for biologists

Ms Helen Georgiou and Mr Matt Hill (University of Sydney)

Multiple representations provide a way of communicating the outcomes of an inquiry task

Ms Rita Rapa (UTS)

A student/demonstrator perspective of inquiry in a first year physics subject for non-physics majors




[1] Link to website explaining Pecha Kucha