Useful Links

More in depth information

These links are designed to provide more in depth information for your interest and to assist in implementing inquiry across curriculum. The description of the websites is derived from information appearing on each site.

ASELL is an Australian-based initiative working with, academics from across biology, chemistry and physics to review and evaluate undergraduate experiments, including experiments that have an inquiry focus. The website allows access to peer-reviewed and tested experiments. ASELL is active in building a strong community of practice in Australia focussed on improving the quality of science learning. [Retrieved 2nd February 2016]

Simply stated, quantitative skills relate to numbers and how they are used for measuring, recording and analysing data, or performing mathematical or statistical calculations. For the QS in Science project, funded by the ALTC, quantitative skills (QS) means the ability to apply mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in the context of science. The QS in Science project seeks to promote and support strategic change in higher education via the enhancement of learning and teaching in science and mathematics. The project and website articulate contemporary undergraduate curriculum models that are innovative and future-looking, and which meet the needs of students, industry and society. The emphasis is on a ‘whole of program’ approach with QS as an essential component. The website showcases eleven Australian and two American university case studies framed around Michael Fullan’s model of educational change. [Retrieved 2nd February 2016]

The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE) is a multi-institutional collaborative effort designed to address major barriers to providing research experiences to younger undergraduate science students. CASPiE seeks to take advantage of the complementary strengths and needs of its different partner institutions and provides: First and second year students with access to research experiences as part of the mainstream curriculum.

  • A collaborative, “research group” environment for students in the laboratory.
  • Access to advanced instrumentation for all members of the collaborative to be used for undergraduate research experiences.
  • Help for academics to develop research projects so that their own research capacity is enhanced and the students at these institutions can participate in this research.
  • A research experience that is engaging for women and ethnic minorities and appropriate for use at various types of institutions, including those with diverse populations.

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Hosted by Macquarie University, funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and initiated by Angela Brew this website is designed to provide information and resources for people interested in enhancing students’ engagement through involving undergraduates in research and inquiry across the curriculum and in scholarship schemes. It is intended to be used by:

  • academics wishing to give students a research experience within their undergraduate degree;
  • academic managers, administrators and other university personnel involved in implementing policy and strategy related to undergraduate research; and
  • undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in being involved in research and inquiry.

[Retrieved 2nd February 2016]

The Labshare Institute, established in 2011, is a not-for-profit organisation established to provide service to a national network of shared remote laboratories and promote the sharing of laboratory and experimental resources for teaching and training. Labshare provides a range of services, including: brokering access to a broad-based catalogue of laboratories and associated educational resources; consulting services for rig development and software installation; negotiation of sharing agreements; handling of access management; support for ongoing technical development; and a range of other services. [Retrieved 2nd February 2016]