Many science students express an intention to go into science communication as a career. Dr Millie Mockford, a University Teacher in Animal and Plant Sciences, realised that there was a lack of opportunity for students to gain real-life experience in this area, or to develop material for portfolios to present to employers or clients. Millie initially developed an extracurricular pilot activity in which students produced films to communicate departmental research, but since then the activity has developed into APS 279 ‘Talking the Talk’, a 5, soon to be 10, credit optional module.
In part 1 of this post, we looked at whether
students believed creativity was something they experienced in the curriculum,
and ways in which educators could begin to assess creativity, particularly in
STEM subjects. In the first part, we looked at assessing creative outputs, in
this post we will look at ways of assessing the creative process.
‘Innovation and Creativity’ is one of The
University of Sheffield’s five enterprise capabilities. We are discovering lots
of new ways in which we can embed opportunities in the curriculum for students
to be creative, but this remains one of the trickiest learning outcomes to
assess, especially in STEM subjects. This two-part blog post concentrates
specifically on assessment, rather than embedding creativity in teaching and learning activities – watch this blog space for more posts relating to that!
This Enterprise Curriculum Development Grant-funded project brought together, for the first time, Level 1 Spanish beginner students and local schools. As part of the mid-semester revision exercise of the written language course, students created presentations about a key aspect of Spanish grammar in order to present and explain it to their classmates in the first instance, and subsequently to Year 12 (AS level) students in local schools, also revising for their exams.
This project enabled the module tutor, Nashy Bonelli, to develop a revision activity within the taught curriculum that allows students to be creative, innovative and to develop skills which they could apply throughout their studies and beyond.