Dr Bronwen Cribb
Dr Bronwen Cribb

Module-based Teaching at the CMM
Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

Project Leader:
Dr Bronwen Cribb

Postgraduate education - Awards for the Enhancement of Student Learning - Dr Bronwen Cribb [19.5MB MOV]

The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis provides research infrastructure and expertise in high-end science-based technology for biologist and physical scientists at the institutional level, covering the areas of microscopy, nanotechnology, materials analysis and characterisation.

The module-based educational program offered by the Centre is recognised for its unique and valuable contribution to producing researchers capable of undertaking complex research projects using state-of-the-art microscopy and microanalysis technology. This innovation to teaching is the application of a process that allows individual choice and the development of specialist skills in a multi-client environment with outstanding outcomes. Students are equipped with confidence and flexibility along with competency and the ability to adapt to systems in any modern laboratory.

The program provides theory and practice skills and guides students through a flexible series of training modules, mapped to a plan of progress for each student. Teaching blocks, which comprise a two week teaching period, are scheduled six times a year to provide the basic level skills. Advanced modules are presented between these blocks. Actual module length depends on the topic and some students may require a series of separate modules in order to obtain the set of skills necessary to complete their research project. The teacher’s role is interactive and students, working in small groups, construct their own understanding and knowledge as they experience and reflect on the material presented. This approach builds from students’ intuitive knowledge and uses scaffolds, guided practice and independent practice which allows for multiple interpretations and expressions of learning.

Trainers are highly skilled and well versed in different cultural approaches and language issues. Students are also able to integrate their learning styles and past backgrounds within the program as multiple learning styles are incorporated, not all of which focus on language, but also on visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning approaches.

The training programs are comprehensive, current and delivered using the latest pedagogy to address an ever changing range of instrumentation and increasing complexity of techniques. The program is designed to accommodate a whole range of disciplines across school and faculty and material from the program is sought by other institutions both nationally and internationally.


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