COVID-19 forced many academics to teach remotely; for field botany this required a complete rethink of how such a course could be taught.Continue reading Can field botany be effectively taught as a distance course?
Meet them where they’re at, and show them they’re making an impact, say speakers.Continue reading Finding Meaning in the Undergraduate Research Experience
It’s hard for students to do their own thing on an introductory course, when you have an intake of hundreds. The easy way is to rely on lectures, but at the Université catholique de Louvain, they do things differently.Continue reading BioGO, a treasure hunt to teach biology
Jonathan Mitchley on a symposium coming to Reading University in November to help fight plant blindness.Continue reading The Big Botany Challenge – promoting passion for plants in our schools!
How scary are plant models? Students at Université catholique de Louvain have been finding out.Continue reading How hard is it to use plant computational models? Ask our students!
For International Women’s Day 2017, we asked plant biologist Dr Zoë Popper to write about a typical day in her working life. Here, she reflects on the importance of diversity in her job.Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: “Diversity makes my job enjoyable”
When I started my PhD I thought about research. In the UK there are no lectures for PhD students, it’s purely about the thesis. It is perfectly feasible to leave a UK university completely ignorant of anything to do with teaching. I’ve been lucky at Leicester as I’ve met Prof. Derek Raine, who heads the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and, through him, I’ve met Alan Cann, who’s AoB’s Internet Consulting Editor. He’s news at the University of Leicester this week, thanks to his Senior Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy. If you’re looking for evidence that the division between...Continue reading For He’s A Jolly Good (Senior) Fellow
Relatively new to me – so maybe new to some of my devoted legion of readers (many of whom may be involved in teaching science, plant or otherwise) and therefore worthy of sharing – is news of the Understanding Science teaching resource. Yes, it’s ‘American’. So, you might be annoyed by the idiosyncratic spellings. And it is primarily directed at teaching students up to age 16. But, science is universal, and scientists are adaptable and resourceful, so we can accommodate ‘unusual’ spellings. Plus, it’s what we encourage our students to do with the concepts, ideas and knowledge that means that...Continue reading Science teaching resource
What to tell new Biological Science students in their first lecture? We are drowning in high-quality information, but need to teach how to find and evaluate information, and what to do with it. Social media now plays a part in this, and Practical classes are one of the greatest opportunities for learning.Continue reading That first University lecture on biological sciences
We changed the template we use for AoB Blog to HTML5 last week. We’re still using similar CSS, so there’s not a huge change in how the site looks, but there is a big change in how it is put together. It makes adding some features a lot easier and the first is a new Creative Commons photo search that uses the Flickr API. If that’s just a series of letters to you, the result could still be interesting. Searching for Creative Commons licenced photos on Flickr is easy with an advanced search, but not always useful. A search for...Continue reading A new Creative Commons search for botany photos on Flickr