Open Classrooms is a podcast series produced by the Academic Development Group in Science, Engineering and Health. Each podcast features interviews and stories from our staff who have opened up their classroom doors and shared their practices, innovations and ideas.
In this episode of Open Classrooms, Natasha Taylor talks to Oliver Jones about the work he is doing to use 3D printed models to make his lectures more active and engaging for students. Oliver explains how he has made creative use of open access software to develop models of chemical structures, which he has then 3D printed at RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
If you are interested in exploring the potential to use 3D printing in your classes, here are some useful resources to get you started:
- Jones, O. and Spencer, M. (2018) ‘A Simplified Method for the 3D Printing of Molecular Models for Chemical Education‘, J. Chem. Educ., 95 (1), pp 88–96.
- Smith, D. (2016) ‘Active Learning in the lecture theatre using 3D printed objects‘, FOR1000Research, 5(61), 1-18.
- Ford, S. and Minshall, T. (2016) 3D Printing in Education: A Literature Review, Research Report EPSRC grant EP/K039598/1.
- The RMIT University Library Makerspace has been created to enable anyone in the RMIT community to explore and realise creative ideas through exploration and collaboration using technology and devices including 3D scanners, printers and laser cutters/engravers. Visit their website and find out how you can be involved!
- RMIT Video on how 3d printing works – https://www.rmit.edu.au/media-objects/multimedia/video/seh/how-stuff-works/how-does-3d-printing-work