ACELL: providing professional development whilst building a community of practice

Robert Bucat, Simon Barrie, Mark Buntine, Geoffrey Crisp, Adrian George, Ian Jamie, Scott Kable, Justin Read

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Abstract

The Australasian Chemistry Enhanced Laboratory Learning (ACELL) project is a successful project which has been running for six years. The project has built an international community of practice which has collaborated to improve the quality of student learning in undergraduate chemistry laboratories. It provides an example of evidence based teaching enhancement on an international scale. One of ACELL's prime activities has been to organise and run workshops at which the educational and chemical value of submitted experiments is evaluated - the most recent workshop drew participants from 27 universities across Australia and New Zealand. This evaluation process involves both undergraduate staff and students working collaboratively on the experiments, which not only ensures that the students' perspectives are heard, but also provides each group with insight into the other. Furthermore, the immersion approach taken at the workshops provides the opportunity for both the professional development of university teachers and the dissemination of best practices. Another important role of ACELL is to provide a bridge between the chemistry academic community and the literature of education; the ACELL website provides information about education in the language of the professional chemist, which helps to make the literature of education more accessible. This presentation will describe some of the achievements of the ACELL project relating to the growth of a chemistry education community of practice, and the professional development of university academic staff.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Chemical Education
Place of PublicationSeoul, Korea
PublisherKorean Chemical Society
Pages68
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)8957081208
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Conference on Chemical Education (19th : 2006) - Seoul, Korea
Duration: 12 Aug 200617 Aug 2006

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Chemical Education (19th : 2006)
CitySeoul, Korea
Period12/08/0617/08/06

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Bucat, R., Barrie, S., Buntine, M., Crisp, G., George, A., Jamie, I., ... Read, J. (2006). ACELL: providing professional development whilst building a community of practice. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Chemical Education (pp. 68). Seoul, Korea: Korean Chemical Society.
Bucat, Robert ; Barrie, Simon ; Buntine, Mark ; Crisp, Geoffrey ; George, Adrian ; Jamie, Ian ; Kable, Scott ; Read, Justin. / ACELL : providing professional development whilst building a community of practice. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Chemical Education. Seoul, Korea : Korean Chemical Society, 2006. pp. 68
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Bucat, R, Barrie, S, Buntine, M, Crisp, G, George, A, Jamie, I, Kable, S & Read, J 2006, ACELL: providing professional development whilst building a community of practice. in Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Chemical Education. Korean Chemical Society, Seoul, Korea, pp. 68, International Conference on Chemical Education (19th : 2006), Seoul, Korea, 12/08/06.

ACELL : providing professional development whilst building a community of practice. / Bucat, Robert; Barrie, Simon; Buntine, Mark; Crisp, Geoffrey; George, Adrian; Jamie, Ian; Kable, Scott; Read, Justin.

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Chemical Education. Seoul, Korea : Korean Chemical Society, 2006. p. 68.

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