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Case Studies - Research-based learning

Can first-year undergraduates become researchers?

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From designing experiments to writing papers, Dr Hazel Smith explains how first-year Biology students took on the challenge of completing an intensive research project

The supernova story and research-based education

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Dr Steve Fossey reveals what he learned about research-based education from the supernova discovery

Would a student travel 270 miles to write an essay? How video assignments can boost student engagement

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Professor Marcos Martinon-Torres, UCL Archaeology, presents an experiment in video that can easily be transferred to any discipline

Involving students in research is a “win-win”, says Dr Alexandra Perovic

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At a UCL Arena Exchange session, Dr Alexandra Perovic, Lecturer in Clinical Linguistics, explained how she works with students on her research projects

Putting research-based education into practice – what we learned

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Dr Bernadett Kalmar and Dr Barney Bryson have helped their masterclass students design their own research programmes. They shared their findings at a UCL Arena Exchange seminar

Collaborating with health centres in Tanzania and Jamaica

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Professor Timothy McHugh teaching in Tanzania at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre

Professor Tim McHugh, Director of the UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology, explains why working with and in resource-poor countries is so important, both for research and teaching.

Ongoing collaborative research project on the history of electricity

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Dr Chiara Ambrosio explains how this unique and innovative course works, and why it’s so beneficial for students.

Observing extra-solar planets

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In 2008/09 the Astrophysics department applied for funding to facilitate the participation of undergraduates in a collaborative research project.

Scenario-based learning in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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University Street sign, London

In this video, Dr Benn Thomsen from UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering discusses his experiences of using scenarios to aid the teaching of undergraduate students. The presentation slides are available to download below the video.

Using the Teaching Equipment Fund to buy water level recorders

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River Rye

Dr Helene Burningham describes how instruments bought with help from the Teaching Equipment Fund have revolutionised teaching in the Department of Geography.

'Mystery specimen' project

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Object-based learning in the Grant Museum

Dr Helen Chatterjee, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Deputy Director of Museums, explains why there are so many puzzled-looking students in the Grant Museum of Zoology.

Using open-source GIS in teaching

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Open-source GIS

In this video, Liz Jones from UCL Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEGE) discusses the pros and cons of using open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching undergraduate students.

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