Teach to learn: using new technologies to support agriculture undergraduates in biology


  • Melissa Martin
  • Brian Jones University of Sydney
  • Matthew Pye University of Sydney
  • Rosanne Quinnell University of Sydney


This study aimed to assess the perceptions of staff and students as to the type of support required to complete a technology-based assessment task effectively and whether students see the value to their own learning in the creation of videos to explain complex biological phenomona to their peers. The post-assessment survey responses revealed a level of satisfaction with the project, but it also revealed several shortcomings, particularly in communication, planning and implementation, and the design of the individual projects. This intervention is a good example of how using new technologies in teaching can lead to clear learning and teaching benefits such as increased student engagement and improved student understanding.