Botany: inner life of plants

Lecturer: Dr Michael Emmerling

One of the main challenges in teaching subjects with large student cohorts is making sure that all students are engaged. To address this problem, Michael Emmerling has been using student-created wikis, which have been shown to increase participation and monitor understanding.

Students taking Botany: Inner Life of Plants are divides into twelve groups. Each week, different groups are given the responsibility of taking notes and contributing to the subject-specific wiki. These wikis are regularly scanned and edited by the lecturer, and finally assessed based on each student’s contribution.

Find out more about La Trobe's Botany course.