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I convene and do the majority of teaching for three courses:
- SCOM1001 Science Communication 1: Science and Public Awareness
A world-class introduction to science communication history, theory and practice, for science students and anyone interested in the social side of science
- SCOM2003/6003 Science in Popular Fiction
A bootcamp for learning professional research practices and methods through the fun topic of science-themed fiction, with an opportunity to attempt to publish original research in a peer-reviewed journal
- SCOM3003 Undergraduate Science Communication Research Project
The peak course for Science Communication Majors, who design and conduct original research projects, with an eye to solving real world problems, furthering professional ambitions, putting their ideas into the public domain and/or publishing in academic venues
Click on the three course names to find information, resources and achievements associated with each.
I wrote the original curricula for:
- SCOM8027 Science and Public Policy (2008)
- SCOM2003 Science in Popular Fiction (2009)
- SCOM3003 Special Topics in Science Communication (2010)
In the past I have taught:
- SCOM2001 Practical Skills for Communicating Science (tutor & sessional lecturer 2007-8)
- SCOM3001 Science, Risk and Ethics (course coordinator & tutor 2007-9)
- SCOM4005 Science Communication IV Honours (program convenor 2011-14)
And have sessionally taught:
- ENVS1003 Intro to Environmental and Social Research (sessional tutor 2008-9)
- SCOM3002/6016 Science in the Media (sessional lecturer 2012)
- SCOM8025 Outreach and Education Programs in Science Centres (sessional lecturer 2009)
My excellent teaching has been acknowledged with awards:
- 2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
- 2013 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2012 Colleges of Science Award for Teaching Excellence
- 2009 Researchfest Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating.
Some of my academic publications are about teaching and learning and/or are designed for use by science teachers and science communication teachers:
- McKinnon M., Orthia L.A., Grant W.J. & Lamberts R. (2014) Real-world assessment as an integral component of an undergraduate science communication program. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 22(5): 1-13.
- Orthia L.A. (2013) Negotiating public resistance to engagement in science and technology. In J.K. Gilbert & S.M. Stocklmayer (eds.) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and Dilemmas. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 74-90.
- Orthia L.A. (2012) Science fiction. In R. Gunstone (ed.) Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer, online. Print version forthcoming 2014.
- Orthia L.A., Dobos A.R., Guy T., Kan S.Z., Keys S.E., Nekvapil S. & Ngu D.H.Y. (2012) How do people think about the science they encounter in fiction? Science students investigate using The Simpsons. International Journal of Science Education Part B 2: 149-174.
- Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2010) Students publishing in new media: eight hypotheses – a house of cards? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 18: 43-54
- Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2009) Motivate students by having them publish in new media: an invitation to science lecturers to share and test. Peer-reviewed paper presented at the 2009 UniServe Science Conference: ‘Motivating science undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions’, Sydney, October 1-2, 2009.
- Orthia L.A. (2009) Inspiring teaching – inspiring teachers to teach. Presentation to the ANU Festival of Teaching, June 2009.