to EduCon 2015 program.

Conference agenda - 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
10:00 am to 10:30 am
Registration and Welcome (at University House; includes Morning Tea)
10:30 am to 12.30 pm
Session 1 : A National Microbiology Curriculum
Chair: Julie Markham (University of Western Sydney)
Chris Burke (University of Tasmania) & Mohamed Mohideen (Monash University)
12.30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch at University House
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Session 2 : Assessment in Microbiology
Chair: Cheryl Power (University of Melbourne)
Neville Chiavaroli (University of Melbourne): Writing more effective and valid
MCQs. MCQs are increasingly being written with supplied contexts in order to assess
‘higher order’ reasoning making the task of writing MCQs more challenging. This
workshop aims to demonstrate that the extra effort is well worth the benefits of broad
sampling, automated marking, and improved validity.
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Break: Afternoon Tea
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Session 3 : OLT project
Chair: Priscilla Johanesen (Monash University)
Julie Markham (University of Western Sydney): How effective are interactive online
modules in the development of quantitative skills relevant to the biological sciences?
Dinner at Boffins (pay as you go)
Sunday, July 12, 2015
8:30 am to 10:30 am
Session 4 A: Graduate Employability
Chair: Josie Lategan (Macquarie University)
Danilla Grando (RMIT University) – Graduate employability, project update.
Chandra Lyer- Green Microbes Australia
William Klare (Honours candidate); Jerrod Kennedy (2nd year PhD candidate)
Zoe Fairjones (Teva Pharmaceuticals)
Session 4B : LearnSmart Adaptive Learning.
Chair: Karena Waller
Josie Lategan (Macquarie University) and Sarah Long (McGraw-Hill
10:30 am to 11 am
11:00 am to 1 pm
Break: Morning tea
Session 5: Inquiry-orientated Learning; Use of Social Media for Learning
Chair: Danilla Grando
Elizabeth Beckmann (ANU): Softly, softly introducing research led education
in a first year course; Professional recognition of university educators
Josie Lategan (Macquarie University): Facebook, a PAL system online.
Priscilla Johanesen, Meredith Hughes (Monash University): Use of social
media for student engagement and collaboration
1:00 pm
Lunch at University house and Close