More bang for your bucks - partnerships for effective learning in science

An inaugural lecture by Dr Karen Moss FRSC, CChem, FHEA

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Science is conceptually difficult and often counterintuitive – it challenges students and practitioners of all ages - so whether working with university students or school pupils you need all the help you can get!

In this lecture, Dr Karen Moss will present stories of interventions and projects that have inspired, engaged and challenged a wide range of audiences with understanding scientific principles and concepts.

  • From: Wednesday 21 January 2015, 12 am
  • To: Wednesday 21 January 2015, 12 am
  • Location: CELS001/002, CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 21 January 2015, 12.00 am

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Science is conceptually difficult and often counterintuitive – it challenges students and practitioners of all ages - so whether working with university students or school pupils you need all the help you can get!

In this lecture, Dr Karen Moss will present stories of interventions and projects that have inspired, engaged and challenged a wide range of audiences with understanding scientific principles and concepts. From using technology in teaching to theatre productions, many of these projects were only made possible through the partnerships which underpinned them. 

Based on her own experience and research, she will discuss how working in partnership with people across NTU, from other universities and local organisations has been vital in achieving successful outcomes for both university students and young people across the East Midlands. From innovative teaching and outreach activities developed through the Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS), to the world's first pop-up science shop in a Nottingham shopping centre and the development of the city's science communication action plan STEMWORKS, these are stories of how partnership offers universities models for enriching communities of all types.

Biography

Dr Karen Moss is a Reader in Science Education in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University. In 2005, Karen became Director of the Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS), part of the HECFE Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) initiative. Karen led the £4.85 million five-year project whose vision was to:

  • teach science in HE more effectively
  • inspire the next generation of scientists.

These themes of learning in science and innovation in science communication have been key features of Karen's work and research for over 20 years. They include projects in:

  • How people learn science and why they struggle (which concepts do students struggle with, why and what can be done about it?)
  • Context-based learning developing curriculum materials that use real-life examples to foster engagement and develop the key skills employers want and graduates need
  • Developing creative approaches to science outreach including inquiry-based learning, and hands-on activities
  • Use of technology in teaching – tablets, voting systems (clickers), VLEs, internet
  • Developing impact measures for educational development - how do we know what we have achieved?

In recent years she has been involved in European Projects in Science Communication as well as national projects in teaching and learning with a focus on enhancing employability skills and promoting active learning.

Karen studied for her BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry at UMIST Manchester, and after a teaching post at the University of Durham, joined NTU in 1986 as a chemistry lecturer. Since then she has had a variety of roles including Learning and Teaching Coordinator for Science and, more recently, as School Quality and Standards Manager. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2013.

Programme

Programme:
6 pm - Drinks and canapés in CELS001 / 002
6.30 pm - Lecture in John Clare Lecture Theatre 6
7.30 pm - Buffet in CELS001 / 002
9 pm - Close

Booking information

This event is free of charge and open to all. 

Please click on the add to basket button above and complete the short online booking process to reserve your place.

Location details

Room/Building:

CELS001/002, CELS

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

Parking:

Parking will be available on campus for external visitors, please follow the signs to the car park once on campus.

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