Role: Graduate Research Fellow (research assistant)
Team members: Keith Johnstone and Frances Tracy (Plant Sciences), Patrick Carmichael, Harriet Truscott, Naomi Irvine, Helen Burchmore, Tim Hill, Aidan Reilly (CARET/wider ‘Teaching for Learning Network’)
Funding body: The Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI)
Duration: November 2005 to July 2008
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.