This project is designed to develop the graduate attributes of science students via science communication, specifically through student publication on the web – a medium of learning and publication that students find engaging, staff increasingly see as practical, and employers value as relevant. The web also offers ready opportunities for cross-university and international collaboration, the latter having particular appeal for universities with a strong international focus in research and/or teaching.
Lloyd's co-investigators are Will Rifkin (University of Sydney), Nancy Longnecker (University of Western Australia) and Joan Leach (University of Queensland).
The project is attempting to identify, develop, and disseminate teaching strategies and resources suited to large classes in science; strategies that have students creating "new media," such as podcasts, blogs, webzines, and web sites. New media are an appropriate focus not only because of their increasing relevance professionally but because they engage university students in authentic tasks and work-integrated learning, strategies that have proven effective in development of graduate attributes.