Hello everyone, welcome to our NUS Biochemistry Department's Education Resource page. 
We will host useful and current materials related to teaching and assessments that we hope would help you with your modules.
We also highlight samples of scholarly work on our efforts at improving education here.
Feel free to contact us at: bchedu@nus.edu.sg for any queries you have about your module teaching or assessments. 

Article highlight

  • Biology Education Research Methods This CBE Life Sciences Article here highlights the basics of education research methods. Useful primer for those interested in starting small studies into your teaching and learning activities.
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 3:06 AM by Foong Yeong
  • Faculty Learning Community and Improved Student Learning - this is an article on how having a Faculty Learning Community helped Faculty Collaboration to transform a Large-Enrollment Course from Lecture- to Student-Centered.Faculty learning communities (FLC) allow for exchanges of ideas among instructors. In this article, the authors report how the collaborative work of the FLC led to increased use of active-learning strategies. Also, there appeared to be student learning gains associated with the percentage of classroom time spent in active-learning modes. Click me for the full article.
    Posted Sep 2, 2016, 6:45 PM by Foong Yeong
  • Colleagues as Change Agents: How Department Networks and Opinion Leaders Influence Teaching at a Single Research University.CBE Life Sci Educ June 1, 2016 15:ar15; doi:10.1187/cbe.15-08-0170you can view the article here: click me- This article describes a study on how colleagues in a department can help improve teaching.
    Posted Aug 29, 2016, 6:32 PM by Foong Yeong
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Recent Discussion

  • Easy does it! Socrative quiz in class Today I had the pleasure of speaking to Kim Lee after her lipid metabolism lecture with the Medical first-year students during which she used Socrative for in-class quiz questions. According to Kim Lee who is using Socrative for the second time after having used it successfully in her Dental first-year tutorial last October, it is really easy to use! Moreover, the students seemed to have responded well to the quizzes. An example of the class participation is shown below. We now have a new Socrative champion in our department! And we are only in week 1 of the semester! Hopefully more colleagues will see the benefit of using such online-resources (e.g. I use Google which ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 10:03 PM by Foong Yeong
  • Education seminar in the Department Monday seminar on Active-learning and what our colleagues have done in class to promote student engagement and improve their learning experiences.
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 6:24 PM by Foong Yeong
  • Discussion with Lih Wen and Thilo It was interesting to discuss with Lih Wen and Thilo ideas on how to help one another improve in our teaching and assessments. There were suggestions on how to promote sharing of teaching strategies and highlighting our modules, students' project and so on.Include discussions on teaching and assessment occasionally during the Monday seminars. Use this website to highlight our modules, students' good project work.Point to more tools for teaching and assessment.etc.
    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 9:33 PM by Foong Yeong
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Tools for Teaching & Assessing

  • [Biology Education Scholarship] This is a great resource for anyone interested in biology education scholarship. In this video, Dr. Dolan gives practical advice on transitioning from lab research to biology education scholarship. She provides an overview of important steps such as choosing your question and goal, designing your study, collecting data and interpreting your results, as well as specific information on useful books and journals. Here is the link: video
    Posted May 3, 2017, 5:52 PM by Foong Yeong
  • [Teaching] A (free) MOOC offered by Hong Kong U. Compliments of Grahame Bilbow [Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK].  Here’s the link: http://www.cetl.hku.hk/university-teaching-mooc/  
    Posted May 3, 2017, 5:36 PM by Foong Yeong
  • [Teaching] Using iBooks Author I recently attended a workshop conducted by Dave Caleb at CDTL to learn how to use the iBooks Author. This is needed to write iBooks that could be interactive books for your students. I found a link to a video you can check out to get some basic ideas: iBooks tutorial. I am happy to meet to discuss how to use the programme and also ways we can use for our students. 
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 6:18 PM by Foong Yeong
  • [Assessment] Guide for designing Assessments Here is a quick guide to designing Assessments based on Bloom's taxonomy: click me
    Posted Aug 29, 2016, 6:53 PM by Foong Yeong
  • [Teaching] Active-learning tools Online-clickers can be used in class to increase student participation and engagementHere are a few examples of FREE tools:Create questions, survey etc:1) Google: https://www.google.com.sg/forms/about/ 2) Socrative: http://www.socrative.com/ Wall for posts etc:Padlet: https://padlet.com/
    Posted Aug 29, 2016, 6:33 PM by Foong Yeong
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