Global Innovation Awards 2017: Honorable Mention

Category: Writing with Integrity | UK

Sterghios Moschos

Dr. Sterghios A. Moschos

Associate Professor: Northumbria University, Tyne and Wear

“It is in line with the trend changes in science communication and significantly builds upon the transferable skill set necessary for the modern competitive employee.”

After years of research and consulting in the cellular and molecular sciences, Dr. Sterghios A. Moschos has much to be proud of. This includes his work that has led to faster, safer screenings for the Ebola virus. But it’s not just his scientific achievements that set him apart. He’s also an outstanding communicator and educator who enthusiastically engages his students and motivates a new generation of scientists to tap their creativity and critical thinking skills.

Moschos says that while working in the private sector and on academic research projects he observed the power of clear, succinct communication. While teaching he once invited a group of industry representatives from biotech, pharma, etc., to share with his classroom what they look for in new recruits. Bar none, he says they all agreed that being able to communicate was the most important skill. “For me, that tied the knot,” says Moschos.

Since then, Moschos has developed an innovative project to teach his students the communication and entrepreneurial skills they will need after graduation. He has them work together in groups to develop and practice their “pitch”, then deliver it in vlog (or video blog) format. He uses Turnitin as the submission portal, and he has students critique each other’s work using Turnitin’s anonymous peer review and commenting features.

Student feedback and performance has exceeded his expectations. “The assessment requires novel, creative and convincing content generation from cohorts of students not normally exposed to such forms of communication production,” he says. “It is in line with the trend changes in science communication and significantly builds upon the transferable skill set necessary for the modern competitive employee.”

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