Advancing education in the biomedical sciences

This program promotes research into the understanding of student learning and to develop innovative teaching methodologies that enhance student outcomes.

Our research groups have 7 broad research interests:

  • scientific reasoning and critical thinking
  • tablets and virtual laboratories as learning tools
  • internationalisation of the curriculum
  • mobile and blended learning
  • meta-learning
  • assessment and feedback
  • undergraduate research experiences and inquiry-based learning. 

Program coordinator: Matthew Cheesman

Academic Research Research area
Louise Ainscough Meta-learning self-regulated learning, meta-learning, academic resilience, authentic assessment
Matthew Cheesman Technology in learning and feedback virtual laboratories, tablet exam apps, online feedback
Prasad Chundri First year higher education in biomedical sciences active learning in large first year classes, information literacy skills for first year biology students
Kay Colthorpe Scientific reasoning and critical thinking evidence-based reasoning, student-feedback interaction
Hardy Ernst Mobile and blended learning anywhere, anytime, any device learning; scenario-based meaning; student-generated multimedia including animations
Lesly Lluka Internationalisation student-staff interaction, international learning, curriculum standards
Kirsten Zimbardi Scientific reasoning and critical thinking scientific reasoning and critical thinking, undergraduate research experiences