Education Symposium

ASBMB Education Symposium


10:30 – 14:30 AEST Online, Tuesday 29 September 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has challenged educators around the globe to continue to support teaching and learning. It has been a time of significant learning and innovation. Teaching Remotely: Sharing Practice provides a platform for educators and students to share their insights and experiences to recognise good practice and to transform the student learning experience as we move forward.

Participants will hear from students and educators through expert presentations, panel discussion and interactive workshop sessions designed to allow educators to reflect on their teaching and learning practice. The themes of the symposium include innovative approaches to online biochemistry practical teaching, online assessment strategies, synchronous active learning tutorials or approaches to live lectures.


We are pleased to advise that the Opening Address will be given by Professor Elizabeth Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Deakin University.


Abstract booklet



Keynote Address

Online is the new normal: teaching as we work – Professor Elizabeth Johnson (MP4)

Session 1: Sharing Practice – short form presentations

Concurrent A (MP4)
Chair: Matthew Clemson
Motivating deep learning of Biochemistry through teacher-led and student-led case-based workshops – Katherine Fernandez
Utilizing an online game-based platform in remote teaching: Medical students’ perception – Janarthani Lohitharajah
Designing for flexibility – keeping the research element alive in an ALURE practical taught in two different delivery modes – Ulrike Kappler
Transforming teaching of undergraduate Pathology practical classes: going online – Sophie Paquet-Fifield

Concurrent B (MP4)
Chair: Amber Willems-Jones
Biochemistry coupled with research and writing skills in a student-led, fully-online unit – Garth Maker
Digital portfolios for enhanced online learning in first-year Biochemistry – Christopher Love
Developing evaluative judgement in an online peer learning community – Susan Howitt
The novel use of a ‘student ambassador team’ to promote real-time biochemistry course feedback in an online learning environment – Anne Galea


Session 2: The Student Perspective

Panel discussion by two undergraduate students (MP4)
Chairs: Tracey Kuit and Amber Willems-Jones

Session 3: Sharing Practice – extended presentations

Concurrent A (MP4)
Chair: Maurizio Costabile
3D student guided tours of proteins online: a sweet spot in creative and discerning assessment – Gareth Denyer
Developing strategies for teaching the principles and analysis of RNA-sequencing to undergraduate Biomedical Science students – Daniel Czech
Generation of unique datasets to complement on-line practicals and build student experimental design and troubleshooting skills – Gareth Denyer

Concurrent B (MP4)
Chair: Tracey Kuit
Insights and opportunities emerging from online exams – Matthew Clemson
Creating interactive online biochemistry laboratories using H5P – Kathryn Jones
The guiding hand via Zoom – pivoting a face-to-face metabolomics computer practical to an equivalent online experience – Saw Hoon Lim



Wrap Up – Tracey Kuit (MP4)


Best Abstract (sponsored by Fisher Biotec Australia)
Gareth Denyer and Alice Huang, University of Sydney
Generation of unique datasets to complement online practicals and build student experimental design and troubleshooting skills
Highly Commended Abstract (sponsored by ASBMB)
Kathryn Jones and Monica Kan, University of Auckland
Creating interactive online biochemistry laboratories using H5P
Best Zoom Background (sponsored by ASBMB)
Sophie Paquet-Fifield, University of Melbourne
For a background created collaboratively by her young children and students



Nirma Samarawickrema Monash University

Organising Committee

Matthew Clemson University of Sydney
Amber Willems-Jones University of Melbourne
Maurizio Costabile University of South Australia
Tracey Kuit University of Wollongong