In this project I worked collaboratively with Adjunct Professor and ALTC National Teaching Fellow Les Kirkup from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). This project spanned several years and work was performed on a freelance basis. Les researched how science might be better taught and delivered to students. The project required research findings to be further disseminated to a broader audience. I worked closely with Les’ research assistant to design and develop a range of communication strategies including website and various videos. As various aspects of the research were ready, I summarised content, built the website and captured and edited video material. The result is Inquiry Oriented Learning (IOL), a student-centred, activity-intensive, approach to learning. While there are many alternative labels to IOL they are all variations on the theme aimed at placing students at the core of their own learning; engaging and stimulating both learning outcomes and student self belief. In this video, Les Kirkup outlines how his Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Fellowship relates to Inquiry Oriented Learning in Science.
The aims of the research project are summarised in the following video:
The learning and teaching approaches – including collaborations with authentic scientific research such as that performed by CSIRO – is summarised in the following video: