Role: Graduate Research Fellow (research assistant)

Other team members:Keith Johnstone and Frances Tracy (Plant Sciences), Patrick Carmichael, Harriet Truscott, Naomi Irvine, Helen Burchmore (CARET/wider ‘Teaching for Learning Network’)

Funding body: The Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI)

Duration: November 2005 to July 2008

Website: https://web.archive.org/web/20071207173752/http://www.tfln.org:80/ (Internet Archive)

Project aims

The Plant Sciences Pedagogy Project was a three-year, action research-inspired research and development project, funded by the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI). The aims of the project included conducting educational research into pedagogic practices within the Department of Plant Sciences, and co-developing e-learning resources for students and staff development sessions for the Department.

The project subsequently expanded and Plant Sciences became a partner department in the ‘Teaching for Learning Network’.

Awards

The Plant Sciences Pedagogy Project received the inaugural BERA SAGE Award for research into practice in the 16+ category, in September 2007.

A learning object created as part of the project, on the topic of photosynthesis, won the Jorum Learning and Teaching Award in September 2010.

Publications

Jordan, K., Tracy, F. & Johnstone, K. (2011) Threshold concepts as focal points for supporting student learning. Bioscience Education E-Journal, 18.

Jordan, K. (2011) Visualising events in the photosystems. Higher Education Academy Bioscience Spring Bulletin 2011.

Carmichael, P. and Jordan, K. (2009) CamTools: Using Sakai to Support Teaching and Learning in a Research-Intensive University. In: Berg, A.m. and Korcuska, M. (Eds.) Sakai Courseware Management: The Official Guide. Packt Publishing.

Jordan, K., Tracy, F. and Johnstone, K. (2009) Web 2.0: Creating a customised online library using Connotea – a HEA Bioscience case study.

Jordan, K., Tracy, F. and Johnstone, K. (2009) Web 2.0: Bringing lecture notes to life using a wiki tool – a HEA Bioscience case study.

Jordan, K. and Johnstone, K. (2008) Using interactive 3-D models in teaching. Higher Education Academy Bioscience Spring Bulletin 2008.

Jordan, K. (2008) ‘Part IB Plant and Microbial Sciences’ – a Sakai course case study profile.

Tracy, F., Jordan, K. and Johnstone, K. (2007) ‘Reshaping Academic Practice and Relationships within the Department of Plant Sciences’ Paper presented at the SRHE Conference, December 2007, Brighton.

Tracy, F., Jordan, K., Johnstone, K., Carmichael, P. (2007) Using an evidence informed approach to create online learning resources. Paper presented at the BLU Conference, 14th June 2007, University of Hertfordshire.

Tracy, F., Jordan, K., Johnstone, K. (2007) Using the wiki the wrong way: a case study in Plant Sciences. Paper presented at the SOLSTICE Conference, May 2007, Edge Hill University.

Jordan, K., Tracy, F., and Johnstone, K. (2007) ‘Student Interaction with a Sakai VLE in Plant Sciences.’ 7th Sakai Conference, Amsterdam, 13th June 2007.

Taylor, K. and Jordan, K. (2007) Ontology based concept mapping in Plant Sciences. Presentation at Enhancing Teaching and Learning of Threshold Concepts with Technology, Technology Enhanced Learning Project Seminar Series B2, St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, 22nd February 2007.

Jordan, K., Tracy, F. and Johnstone, K. ‘The Plant Sciences Pedagogy Project’. Poster presented at the Teaching for Learning Network anniversary event, October 2007, at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

Tracy, F. and Jordan, K. ‘Using liminality to your advantage: our role as mediator between educational researchers and other domain-specific academics in higher education’. Poster presented at BERA conference, September 2007, at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Carmichael, P., Jordan, K. Johnstone, K., Tracy, F. and Truscott, H. (2006) Enhancing Small Group Teaching in Plant Sciences: A Research and Development Project in Higher Education. Paper presented at BERA Conference, September 2006, Warwick.

Tracy, F., Jordan, K. and Johnstone, K. (2006) Using Sakai to Research and Enhance Small Group Teaching in Plant Sciences. Presented at the Sakai Conference, Vancouver, 31st May 2006.

Johnstone, K., Carmichael, P., Tracy, F., Jordan, K. and Truscott, H. (2007) ‘Developing Evidence-Informed Practice in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning at the University of Cambridge’ in: D. Good, S. Greenwald, R. Cox and Goldman, M. (eds.) University Collaboration for Innovation: Lessons from the Cambridge-MIT Institute (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers)

Tracy, F., Jordan, K. and Johnstone, K. ‘Photoprotection: A Threshold Concept in Plant Sciences.’ Poster created for Technology Enhanced Learning Project Seminar Series A: Threshold Concepts in the Disciplines, CARET, 12th December 2006.

Johnstone, K., Tracy, F., Jordan, K., Carmichael, P., Irvine, N., Burchmore, H., Fox, A., and Truscott, H. ‘Plant Sciences Pedagogy Project.’ Poster presented at Cambridge-MIT Institute reception event, University of Cambridge, 23rd November 2006.

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