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Implementing more participative and engaging ways of teaching and learning biosciences

Implementing more participative and engaging ways of teaching and learning biosciences.
A FEBS-supported Workshop on Molecular Life Science Education

Universidad de Alcalá; Alcalá de Henares (Spain), 16-17 January 2019.

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Results of the feedback questionnaire

Attendees 33
Questionnaire respondents 27
What was the most positive? 24 respondents
What did you like the least? 8 respondents
Suggestions for improvement in future similar events 14 respondents
pie plot, region of origin of participants

Average values are displayed; the median was 5 in all cases.

Average values are displayed; the median was 5 in all cases.

Session 1: Teaching with flipped class: principles and applied example
Session 2: Work in small groups on a flipped learning proposal
Session 3: Joint discussion of the proposals
Session 4a: Including free resources
Session 4b: Using Proteopedia
Session 5: Work in small groups for designing a proposal using free resources
Session 6: Work in small groups on needed changes in the education model
Session 7: Joint presentation and general discussion
Degree of fulfilment of the expectations

Average values are displayed; the median was 5 in all cases.

What was the most positive?

To learn about new strategies (for me) which I have found very interesting to be applied in my own groups of students.

To know procedures used by professors in other departments in the life sciences and, hence, useful to be applied in the courses I teach.

I have enjoyed sharing two days with colleagues that share the same concerns for improving their teaching. The contributions (both positive and negative) in the small groups as well as in the joint forum from these colleagues have been very interesting to me.

I have learned very much and I have a strong thrill for bringing into practice some of the methods proposed in the workshop.

To have known instructors in my area with whom I share motivations and worries and to have established a network with them in order to exchange future experiences and to help each other in applying techniques of collaborative learning.

The interaction in the small groups.

To hear some suggestions of teaching innovation which have been previously tested and analysed rigorously.

A working environment where everybody wanted to learn.

Round tables with much dialogue.

Interaction with organisers and colleagues: to know were are not alone and to share resources.

Reinforcing the idea of a formative change in university, which I had in a personal view and has now been made 100% clear. To have "support" for doing it.

To be in a multidisciplinary team and from diverse universities in order to make relations and contact.

Very enriching.

Materials and strategies presented.

The involvement of organisers and participants.

Overall I have liked a lot the dynamics of the workshop.

To have other visions of the problem.

The kindness and availability of the organisers, congratulations!

To know so many professors from diverse knowledge areas and teaching practice.

Contributions of other colleagues about personal experiences in the classroom.

The contact with different professionals from other centres.

Learning about new tools and the diverse points of view from the organisers and the attendees.

The online resources I did not know.

To work in small groups.

To know about new resources.

Working in small groups has allowed us to conceive new teaching approaches but specially the later joint discussion since many brilliant suggestions have arisen.

The exchange with fellow university instructors from other Spanish centres. To know their experiences in the classroom, their mental setup for classes.

The resources they use for the flipped teaching.

The exchange of experiences and solutions with the available limited resources.

Discussions both in small groups and in general.

To know diverse digital resources.

To know new practices done by other colleagues.

The organisers are experts in the topic.

The practical nature of the workshop.

Profile of participants.

The workshop has been USEFUL, very useful.

The tools offered, all in the context of life sciences and more specifically biochemistry or molecular biology.

To be able to share experiences, concerns, doubts...

To be able to interact with different people and gather opinions from diverse perspectives.

To share ideas and resources.

Discussions in small groups in the different sessions.

What did you like the least?

I felt it too short.

I have felt very comfortable and found it short, so there is nothing I did not like. If I must say something, maybe there was little attendance from participants from outside Madrid. don't know whether it was an issue with interest, dissemination, dates… but I felt sad of not seeing participants from more universities.

Small group sessions should be more strongly oriented, with more clear tasks.

Not to be able to stay on Thursday afternoon.

A lack of "practical" tasks.

To bring forward the proposals.

To test online media and applications.

A stronger use of practical resources

Only the cold...

There is nothing and nobody I did not like.

The work in groups without clear instructions has led to some discussions diverging, in my opinion, from the aims of the workshop. Groups end up being "hogged" by the discourse of some colleagues who are not providing ideas related to the objectives. Maybe having an external "moderator" would facilitate the management of time of speech.

In some small group sessions we have digressed maybe too much since the proposal was maybe not too clear or delimited.

Suggestions for improvement in future similar events

Overall the workshop has been very satisfactory to me. These new methodologies are interesting as long as they serve to improve motivation, knowledge and learning of our students.

The suggestion I'd make is this workshop should have a continuation and I hope to be able to attend future events.

My appreciation to the organisers.

Just for polishing the very last details, the working groups could be set by subject in order to more easily and quickly generate tools and activities ready to be used.

Discuss about how to implement, in a practical level, the novelties, and some counselling about preparation of teaching innovation projects in our universities.

Some more time.

A wider range of proposals.

To create an email group for sharing during and after the workshop.

What has been said already: practice, practice, practice.

To share the joint forums.

To focus more on all areas and degrees in the life sciences, since it will bring more resources.

Some more time.

The workshop has served to draft proposals by the participants; they could be further specified, defined with detail and be presented in a 2nd edition.

The program and its execution do not prompt for me any suggestions for improvement, right now. Should that be the case, I will share it with the organisers.

To give continuity in Educational Innovation [program] in UAH.

A managing core for a Horizon 2020 Project on Education. Proposal 01201816 Science, with and for Society.

To organise groups with diverse profiles in respect to teaching experience and teaching position. Contributions by a tenured professor who has been teaching the same course over many years will be different to those from those made by an instructor with a shorter career but closer to the students' vision. In summary, to set groups with a heterogeneous view of the scene and the relations between professor and student.

Results of the assessment. Opinion from students who have worked with these methods. To get an idea of how a student experiences the method in order to know which strategies are more appealing to them.

More experiences from other professors who have employed the flipped class.

Other innovations that may be applied and which complement the flipped class.

To have a longer duration and more practice.

I would come back without any doubts.