The 2nd Annual STEM Teaching Conference aimed to:
The Conference Programme is available to download here. The recorded sessions are available below.
A Conference Booklet is available here where you will find more details about the presentations.
Dr Winston Morgan is a Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry and also Director of Impact and Innovation in the school of Health Sport and Bioscience at University of East London. He has been an academic for over 25 years and has researched extensively in many areas of bioscience. He is also involved in research and scholarly activity into factors particularly race which determines societal outcomes in medicine, education and wider society. Dr Morgan has written or contributed to numerous articles including in the Guardian, The Times, The Conversation and the BBC on the intersection of race, ethnicity genetics and other societal outcomes.
Changing from the attainment gap to the awarding gap is an attempt to shift interventions away from fixing the students and their deficits; a strategy which has failed over the last 25 years, to fixing the tutor and their biases. Despite the change, many still struggle with how this can be achieved. This presentation shows that making changes to the design and delivery of assessments and assessment practices will not change outcomes, primarily because they assume a student deficit. A more effective strategy would be to highlight the role and impact of tutor bias linked to racialised stereotypes. This is particularly important to the allocation of privileges to students which will enhance performance, the marking of assessments and who is accused of academic misconduct. Finally, the presentation provides examples of how we can minimise or mitigate the impact of racialised bias on BAME student outcomes, particularly the awarding gap.
Parallel Sessions 1 Meeting Room 1
Parallel Sessions 1 Meeting Room 2
Parallel Sessions 1 Meeting Room 3
Parallel Sessions 2 Meeting Room 1
Parallel Sessions 2 Meeting Room 2
Parallel Sessions 2 Meeting Room 3
Parallel Sessions 3 Meeting Room 1
Parallel Sessions 3 Meeting Room 2
(Lorraine Waters & Sarah Daniell)
(Becca Whitehead, TR Wilks, H Fraser, R Hildago, C Small)
(Janette Wallace & Hannah Gauci)
For any questions you may have on the Sway Presentations, please contact the authors directly.
5-minute presentations plus ‘Q & A’ at the end of all presentations
We were delighted to welcome our panel, drawn from a range of different universities and STEM disciplines to our annual STEM Teaching conference. The discussion focused on how other STEM practitioners and institutions have experienced the last year and how they feel their teaching practices may be permanently altered as a result of the pandemic and the switch to digital delivery of curriculum. The focus was on the potential long-lasting implications for STEM Higher Education both in traditional and distance learning institutions.
Diane Butler is Associate Dean (Academic Excellence) in the OU STEM Faculty. Her portfolio includes: scholarship and innovative practice strategy; academic staff development strategy; and widening access and success, equality & diversity.
She is a Life Scientist from the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences. Over a period of over 25 years with the OU, Diane’s teaching has largely focussed on interdisciplinary science at levels 1 and 2. She chaired the University’s flagship level 1 science module, amongst others, and was Deputy Programme Director in the Science Faculty. As Director of eSTEeM (the STEM faculty’s Scholarship and Innovation Centre) for 4 years, she supported the further development of the scholarship of teaching and learning in the faculty. Her specific scholarship interests include student collaborative work, the challenges facing online learners and the efficacy of online synchronous tuition.
Dr Elinor Jones is an Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Statistical Science at University College London. She co-founded the Royal Statistical Society’s Teaching Statistics Special Interest Group, which she chairs. Her interests include how to engage students in the learning of statistics, particularly through active learning strategies.
Professor Sally Smith is the Head of Graduate Apprenticeships and Skills Development at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to 2020, Sally was the Dean of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University (2008 – 2020). Working with ScotlandIS, the trade body for the technology sector in Scotland, she is also the Project Director of e-Placement Scotland, a Scottish Funding Council project designed to create 3000 new paid placements for computing students across Scotland. Sally is currently leading the universities’ Data Driven Innovation Skills activity in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region City Deal, working to embed data skills across curricula. Sally’s research interests include placement and graduate apprenticeship outcomes and she leads the Centre for Computing Education Research at Edinburgh Napier. Sally studied Maths at Aberdeen University, Computer Science at City University and a DBA at Edinburgh Napier University.
Dr Neil Williams is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing at Kingston University. This role is focused on enhancing learning and teaching across the faculty. He has a long standing interest in active learning teaching methods, pedagogic research, developing inclusive curricula and closing awarding gaps. Previously he was associate professor in inorganic and environmental chemistry and still has an active research interest in surface chemistry. He is currently a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Division Council.
***The deadline to receive nominations for Student Awards has now closed.***
To coincide with the 2nd annual STEM Teaching Conference we initiated annual STEM Student Awards.
Awards are given for students who best served the STEM Student community, who studied STEM module presentations from 19J onwards and are not on current modules.
The winners this year are:
Next year, we plan to include a category of Inspirational Achievement - recognition for students who have succeeded with their studies against the odds.
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