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Steele (Building 3)

R229

St Lucia

Australia

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ERTH2002 is a second year science course that explores Earth’s history of life through time, with particular emphasis on the application of the fossil record to contemporary problems in the Earth and Biological Sciences. The class was traditionally targeted at Earth Science students, but today, now attracts enrolments from multiple disciplines across several faculties (including geology, biology, zoology, education, archaeology, anthropology and others).

Up until 2017, the course was delivered with separate lectures and practicals. Following redevelopment of the usual teaching space in the Steele Building, the course was redesigned to scrap the traditional model and replace it with ‘Contacts’ that integrat aspects of both theory and prac.

Every class is particularly hands-on with a variety of physical objects for the students to examine, and supplemented with digital 3D objects (accessible with in-class tablets (iPads and Surface Pros) as well as the student’s own personal mobile devices). The new structure has been particularly successful as indicated by all-time high SECaT ratings for the course (4.9).

Additional strategies implemented to improve student engagement, learning and achievement include:
• Informal surveys at the start of the semester to gauge student interests; selection of theoretical content and especially assignments are then tailored to suit individual students;
• Interactive presentations with live student input broadcast into PowerPoint slides using their personal electronic devices;
• Online oral feedback for every individual student based on assignment submissions;
• Establishment and management of semester-specific Facebook group to foster extracurricular course engagement;
• Development of online 3D virtual fossil specimens for both in-class learning and at-home study;
• Integration of augmented reality study notes using third-party apps.

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Steele (Building 3)

R229

St Lucia

Australia

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