Dr Matthew Clemson

Dr Matthew Clemson is a Lecturer in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

After several years in epigenetics research, I embraced the opportunity to move into an education-focused role teaching Biochemistry. I currently teach second-year undergraduate Science, Medical Science and Pharmacy students in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

I am particularly interested in driving students to develop a sense of academic curiosity through authentic, relevant, and inspiring practical laboratory experiences. I feel that this experiential learning and reflective process is one of our most powerful tools as educators and some aspects are incredibly challenging to replicate in an online learning environment. I am concerned that in a post-COVID world, the perceived conveniences of online learning could overshadow the value we place in face-to-face practical experience.

My current research aims to measure the effectiveness of the face-to-face practical learning experience in comparison to online learning. The data, analysis and conclusions will provide a body of evidence that will drive universities to continue their investment in providing face-to-face learning experiences for biochemistry and molecular biology students in higher education. I am eager to share ideas and collaborate with teaching academics with similar interests. Contact me via email: matthew.clemson@sydney.edu.au 

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