Astrobiology: Life in the Universe is a third-year elective course at UNSW. In 2015 the course was transformed from face-to-face delivery to fully online mode. Traditional lectures, tutorials, and the final exam were abandoned based on data across thousands of students from another UNSW course. These were replaced with short videos, e-books, forums, quizzes and three assignments in an Inquiry Based Learning setting. A personalised learning virtual lab experience developed for the course was retained.
The number of student doubled, student performance was maintained, and students were far more positive about the course in all ten CATEI survey questions. YouTube and Moodle data are presented on the outcomes, some of which were unexpected. Short clips from the video lecture replacement and student views of the course will also be shown.
Dr Carol Oliver is a nationally and internationally known expert in evidence-based science communication and science education outreach working across the sciences in the space-related and astrobiology fields.
This seminar was video recorded, click the link below to view.
Room 1025, Level 10, Library (F21)