Join us for the 2012 ALTC National Teaching Fellowship Forum on Inquiry Oriented Learning (IOL) in Science. Titled ‘Enhancing learning in science through inquiry and technology’ the forum is taking place on Tuesday 25th September 2012 at the University of Technology, Sydney.
This one day national forum – IOL 2012 – blends expert keynote speakers, topic driven presentations and panel discussions to provide you with the ideas, tools and techniques to support student learning through inquiry.
Discovering ‘how things work’ through inquiry is essential to progress in science. Students are given few opportunities to engage in inquiry as part of their undergraduate experience, especially in their first year of study. Adopting a student-centred, activity-intensive, approach to learning IOL places students at the core of their own learning; engaging and stimulating both learning outcomes and student self belief.
This forum is recognition that the capacity to ‘learn through inquiry’ is an essential attribute of students graduating in science. Through IOL activities, students engage with scientifically based questions that have no predetermined answer; develop and implement approaches to address those questions; refine their approaches in order to enhance the quality of the evidence they gather, formulate conclusions based on the evidence and then communicate their conclusions.
We hope to inspire you with the people, ideas and activities that will contribute to shaping education in science into the future and hope to welcome you to UTS on September 25th.
Sorry, all places at the Forum are filled, registration is now closed
Who should attend and why?
Should you be there?
Yes. If you are interested in enhancing learning through inquiry and technology you should join us.
Especially if you are:
- A tertiary education academic or secondary education educator:
- engaged in curriculum development in science
- keen to know more about how inquiry can be incorporated into the curriculum
- eager to understand the role that technology can play in supporting and enhancing learning through inquiry
- A student wanting to engage with, or contribute to the conversation on, learning through inquiry
- An educational developer/designer working with science academics
- A science policy maker wanting to explore the likely impact of inquiry on the science curriculum
Why should you join us?
Focus: We offer a special opportunity to explore learning through inquiry its benefits, challenges and approaches to its implementation.
This opportunity is particularly timely given the focus on inquiry and inquiry skills both in the school and university science curricula. More specifically, inquiry features prominently in the new K – 12 National Curriculum, and the recently published science Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs). These TLOs are likely to shape university science curricula for the foreseeable future.
- Inspirational: With keynote sessions by Professor Mick Healey and Professor Gabriela Weaver you will be challenged to think differently.
- Innovative: Sessions are designed to bring different people, ideas and perspectives together and panel discussions will be interactive.
- Implementation: The Forum will include tested, practical approaches to introducing inquiry into the science curriculum particularly in environments of high student numbers and decreasing resources.
The Forum is free. It takes place the day before the ACSME conference.
Where will it be held?
The forum will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney, City Campus. Sessions and functions will be held in Building 4 – the Faculty of Science.
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UTS City Campus is located in the heart of Sydney right next to Central station, the hub of all train lines in Sydney, as well as Railway Square, a major bus interchange. Parking at the UTS City Campus is limited to street meter parking and user pay parking stations.
Want to know more please contact us:
+61 2 9514 2218
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