In this masterclass we will work collaboratively to examine how you can introduce an ALURE for your students. ALURE replaces the regular lab, workshop, or discussion sessions in your class with a research project. This might seem daunting, but with the right design you can accommodate hundreds of students in an ALURE. Come along to the session, and explore your options.


At the end of this masterclass you will be able to:

  • define a group of students you work with who would benefit from an ALURE;
  • clearly articulate a research question that will be of interest to your students;
  • be able to move forward in planning an ALURE implementation.


Associate Professor Susan Rowland completed a BSc Hons and PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Human Frontiers in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Connecticut, USA.

She is currently Deputy Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) and a teaching-focused faculty member in School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) at the University of Queensland, Australia. Susan has been a Manning Clark Fellow, an American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholar, a UQ Teaching Fellow, and is a UQ Fellow for 2017. She has won multiple awards for her teaching, including an Australian Award for University Teaching (2014) and the 2014 Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Beckman Coulter Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016). In 2017 she is a UQ Teaching Fellow, focusing on Work Integrated Learning for Science students.

Susan teaches biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Queensland. Her Scholarship of Teaching and Learning focuses on the development of student professionalism through immersion in authentic scientific practice. She has particular interests in undergraduate research experiences and science communication.




ITaLI's Teaching Masterclass Series

ITaLI's Teaching Masterclass Series is a venue for inspirational and successful teachers to share effective approaches and best practices for teaching. The aim of the series is to assist attendees in learning tangible, practical skills that help them build on their existing expertise to excel in teaching for 21st-century students. To find out more about ITaLI's Teaching Masterclass series or to express your interest in presenting a masterclass, please visit or email Dr Hassan Khosravi at