Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fourth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Duet Lectorials: An Engaging Approach to Interdisciplinary Teaching
Robyn Maree Slattery, Renea Anne Taylor, Christian Daniel Doerig

Last modified: 09-05-2018


Duet Lectorials were delivered to third-year students undertaking their final ‘cap-stone’ unit by two experts straddling two inter-related but distinct biomedical disciplines. This interdisciplinary teaching approach was introduced for two reasons: firstly, to address a gap in integrated learning at the interface between biomedical disciplines; and secondly, to support non- teaching focused, research experts, in the engaging delivery of lectures. Compared with traditional lecture delivery, students who had received Duet Lectorials reported an increase in their enjoyment of learning, a greater interest and engagement with the subject content, and, most importantly, improved in-depth understanding of the topic through an integrated perspective of the two disciplines. This positive outcome in student learning was further validated by improved performance in objective assessment tasks. Lecturers delivering Duet Lectorials reported a deepening of their own interdisciplinary knowledge that stimulated their enjoyment of teaching. Thus, interdisciplinary teaching using interactive Duet Lectorials emerges as a powerful approach to improve both student and teacher engagement and learning in the classroom, and brings a strong contribution to breaking the discipline-specific “silo” mentality in the teaching of complex aspects of biomedical sciences.

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