Day One: Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Workshop 1: Let’s Talk about Science

Alexandra Lehmann (Protestant University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Westphalia-Lippe, Germany)
Martin Hirsch (University of Applied Sciences and Art Dortmund, Germany)

Did you ever ask yourself if maybe your definition of “science” differs from the definition your students have?! We did. So, we asked our students, and found out that whereas we as lecturers define “science” mainly as “questioning knowledge” and “testing ideas” while “using certain methods,” for our students “science” is mainly “empirical research”—which they don’t intend to pursue after they leave the university. The question therefore is whether we should actually teach an incomplete version of what science means to us. Moreover, how could we change students view of “science” in order to help them act in a more professional manner in their future jobs?

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02:59:52 Martin Hirsch:
02:59:54 Martin Hirsch: code: 2351 6877
03:07:10 Janina Tosic: That is so interesting. What about Research-based practice? Is that science as well?
03:07:17 Janina Tosic: I mean for the students…
03:09:28 Martin Hirsch:
03:34:54 Martin Hirsch:
03:35:40 Nikki Cousins, University of Aberdeen: I have to leave for a while but great session! Thanks
03:51:44 Chris Whincop: Just commenting on Anne’s point about dealing with originally ‘dull’ materials: Making things interesting, understandable and relevant (to students’ needs, their studies, their intended careers) is always a good idea if we can manage it.
03:52:45 Lucie Viktorová: How to make students prepare for the class at home, without them “giving up” after the first class they forget to do that and feel completely lost.
03:53:16 Janina Tosic: I have my students work on Problems and reflecting on it, I think this might be science for Engineers. Because it is an improtant part of what Engineering does: Solving Problems and doing this in a very structured, analytical way…
03:55:53 Elizabeth Black: We find the same with policy documents.
03:56:41 janet: We have found myth busting a great way for students to bring science to life!
03:56:53 Elizabeth Black: Sounds fun!
03:57:19 Steve Tucker: linking science to real life outcomes engages students ad provides an anchor for understanding
03:57:41 janet: Thank a great session
03:57:44 Bastian Mrosko: Thank you
03:57:53 Christian Seubert: Thank you, Alexandra and Martin!