This research theme aims to identify issues related to first year higher education especially as they pertain to first-year biology courses.

As coordinators of large first year biology courses, we are continually trying to improve teaching & learning outcomes for our students through conducting research into new ways of teaching & learning. Broadly, the projects in this theme include

  • inquiry-based practicals and scientific writing, including appropriate referencing habits and academic integrity 
  • identifying and improving student understanding of threshold concepts
  • flipped classrooms and active learning approaches to learning
  • new ways to assess students in large first-year courses including the grading matrix approach.

Staff: Prasad Chunduri, Lesley Lluka