Effective teaching strategies for Cancer Biology 2017

The molecular biology of cancer is a rapidly growing field which can be used to illustrate many fundamental principles of biology and drug development. Effective teaching in this area can increase students’ employability and help to develop key skills such as critical thinking, analytical competencies and creativity.

This one-day training event was aimed at academics who already teach or will teach the molecular biology of cancer and early-career researchers wishing to pursue a career as cancer biology lecturers in Higher Education. The course provided a platform to share best practice in teaching fundamental signalling pathways and their application in the development of molecularly targeted drugs. Other topics included assessment strategies and the development of activities aimed at challenging students and improving their performance.

The workshop was aligned to Descriptor 2 of the UK professional standards framework (UKPSF), so successful completion of the course can be used as evidence when applying to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). The areas of activities covered are A2, A3, K1, K2, V3.

Effective teaching strategies for Cancer Biology

29 March 2017

University of Greenwich, London, UK



Lauren Pecorino (University of Greenwich)
Richard Grose (Barts Cancer Institute QMUL)
Pinar Uysal-Onganer (University of Westminster)
Wednesday 29 March 2017
09:30 – 10:00 Registration and refreshments


Session 1

Wednesday 29 March 2017
10:00 – 10:15
Introduction; including course aim and learning outcomes
10:15 – 10:45
Open discussions: good practice in teaching cancer biology “When does learning take place?”
10:45 – 11:00
Teaching principles of cancer biology highlighting the link between the molecular basis of cancer and therapy.
Lauren Pecorino (University of Greenwich)
11:00 – 11:30
How to teach nontechnically: Some Tips
Shah-Jalal Sarker (Barts Cancer Institute)
11:30 – 11:45
How to teach Cancer in a week for Medical Students
Richard Grose (Barts Cancer Institute)
11:45 – 12:15
Research Projects for undergraduates and Masters
Richard Grose (Barts Cancer Institute)
12:15 – 12:45
Assessment strategies for knowledge and building creativity
12:45 – 13:00
Questions & Answers
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


Session 2

Wednesday 29 March 2017
14:00 – 14:45
Building a framework for student learning and engagement
Lauren Pecorino (For part of this session, the audience will carry out activities as students)
14:45 – 15:30
Demonstration of several IT assessments and tools
Pinar Onganer (University of Westminster)
15:30 – 16:00
Lecture design by participants and discussion
16:00 – 16:30
Summary and refreshments


Mar 29 2017


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