Central to the success of this project is the establishment of various advisory panels encompassing students, academic staff, employers and an external advisor. Engagement with each of the stakeholders has taken place at every stage of the project. In particular, students have acted as key partners in the format, design and implementation of the project.
Extensive consultations took place in all four institutions and these culminated in a one-day symposium that brought together students, lecturers and the programme team to collectively explore the issues and identify priorities (June 2016). The stakeholder input and feedback received was reviewed in parallel with student survey responses (n=651) of perceptions of practical classes and use of digital technology in same, to guide the next phases of the project.
In addition, the external advisor, Dr. Michael Seery (see bio below), has provided expertise and guidance at each phase of the project.
Dr. Michael Seery ; External Advisor to TEAM Project
Dr Michael Seery is a Reader in Chemistry Education at the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh. His research interests align with two main themes: (1) technology enhanced learning to prepare students for learning and (2) laboratory education. He is a previous winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Higher Education Teaching Award and the (Irish) National Association for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Award. He is Chair of the Editorial Board of Education in Chemistry, a magazine published by the RSC for chemistry teachers, as well as being Associate Editor of the RSC journal Chemistry Education Research and Practice. He is currently writing a book on laboratory education in chemistry, and maintains a blog on various aspects of education at www.michaelseery.com.