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

  • Shifting Faculty Perceptions and Use of Active Learning CBE Life Sciences article titled: A Vision and Change Reform of Introductory Biology Shifts Faculty Perceptions and Use of Active Learning From the abstract: "Increasing faculty use of active-learning (AL) pedagogies in college classrooms is a persistent challenge in biology education. ... Interviews revealed that instructors shifted their definitions of AL and talked more about how to assess student learning over the 3 years of the project. Collaboration, feedback, and time may have been important factors in the reform, suggesting that small shifts over time can accumulate into real change in the classroom."  Click here for article.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 5:16 PM by Foong Yeong
  • 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

  • Department Education Retreat On 12th Jan 2018, the department held its Education retreat with the objective of coming together to discuss matters concerning education. The main aims of the retreat can be summarised as follows:1. Find concrete ways to support teaching and learning activities among our colleagues (item1)- this is to help us meet students’ learning needs, which is one key area the institution is focusing on2. Foster discussion about teaching matters among colleagues (items 2 and 3)- to try and build a culture of sharing good practices and experiences as a way to support one another, even after this retreat is over3. Hear from an administrator at the Institutional level, ideas about about teaching in a research-intensive university ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2018, 3:22 PM by Foong Yeong
  • Seminar and Workshop - Dr Spencer Benson Invited Speaker Dr Benson here to talk about 21st Century STEM education and run a workshop on Assessment.
    Posted Nov 20, 2017, 3:48 PM by Foong Yeong
  • Education seminar on Learning with Technology A/P Tan Seng Chee, Centre for Research and Development of Learning, NTU was here to tell us more about Knowledge Creation Approaches based on the use of Technology.
    Posted Sep 27, 2017, 5:04 PM by Foong Yeong
  • 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
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Tools for Teaching & Assessing

  • Classroom response systems - how they have been used by colleagues For those exploring classroom response systems, here's a list of commonly used one and how they have been used in classes among us: Classroom response system Applications Users Google Forms – web-based*, FOC https://docs.google.com/forms     *This means that students can likely use any mobile device that has an internet browser. Instructor and students need access to internet.   Pre- or post-class quizzes In-class quizzes Examples of question format: MCQs, Scale, Short answer questions.   Immediate review of answers in class Responses can be downloaded as Excel   YFM IVLE – web-based, FOC https://ivle.nus.edu.sg/ Assessment function Pre- or post-class quizzes In-class quizzes Examples of question format: MCQs, True-False, Matching, Fill-in ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2018, 2:53 PM by Foong Yeong
  • [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
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