Extending teaching and learning initiatives in the cross-disciplinary field of biotechnology: final report

Barnard, Ross, Hine, Damian, MacKinnon, Phillip, Franco, Chris, Rifkin, Will, Bridge, Wallace and Schmidt, Lisa (2008) Extending teaching and learning initiatives in the cross-disciplinary field of biotechnology: final report : The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Author Barnard, Ross
Hine, Damian
MacKinnon, Phillip
Franco, Chris
Rifkin, Will
Bridge, Wallace
Schmidt, Lisa
Title of report Extending teaching and learning initiatives in the cross-disciplinary field of biotechnology: final report
Publication date 2008-03-20
Publisher The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Subjects 1001 Agricultural Biotechnology
1002 Environmental Biotechnology
1003 Industrial Biotechnology
1004 Medical Biotechnology
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Abstract/Summary The purpose of this scoping study was to identify gaps and opportunities for biotechnology learning and teaching in Australia and to discover pathways to enhance the quality of the curriculum in biotechnology and biotechnology-related programs across the higher education sector. The investigation has shown that key factors affecting learning and teaching in biotechnology include growth; scientific and technical change; international competition in the biotechnology sector - in both industry and education; relationships between university programs and industry - including placement of students for vital industry experience and supporting a growing professional identity within the industry; the inherently interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology degree programs within discipline-based universities and scientific communities; pressures and opportunities within the university for improving teaching in areas such as graduate attribute development; and the challenges of founding and managing new, small, interdisciplinary programs within today's university bureaucracies. A particular project outcome was the establishment of a biotechnology education committee in collaboration with AusBiotech, the peak professional body in Australia, to be a vehicle for continuing to action the project's aims and findings.
Keyword Biotechnology
Pedagogy
Student learning
Curriculum development
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes This work is part of a Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Discipline-Based Initiatives Investigation project in biotechnology. The University of Queensland is the lead institution with partner investigators from The University of New South Wales, Flinders University and Monash University.

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