Biology a breeze thanks to Griffith’s YouTube stars

(L-R) Dr Matt Barton and Dr Mike Todorovic

As most classrooms remain empty due to COVID-19 restrictions, two Griffith University lecturers have been making educational science videos easily accessible for high school students.

Senior lecturers, Dr. Mike Todorovic and Dr. Matthew Barton, have created a YouTube channel called ‘Dr Matt & Dr Mike’ that is home to an array of short concept captured videos on a wide range of health and science-related topics such as Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Pathophysiology.

Recently, their YouTube channel has seen a surge in engagement, surpassing 50,000 subscribers with more than 3.2 million views of their videos.

“We created our Youtube channel in 2017 and was originally used as a supplementary resource for nursing students,” Dr. Mike Todorovic said.

Since then, the channel has grown and the pair has expanded their videos to include a range of different science and medical subjects.

Dr Matt and Dr Mike were also weekly guests on ABC Radio Brisbane Evenings program for several years answering listeners’ questions on a variety of health, biology and physiological topics.

From this, the channel has gained both international and national recognition from students in a variety of different health fields including medicine, physiotherapy, speech pathology, exercise science, and biochemistry.

With learning online from home becoming the new norm for school students due to COVID-19 disruption, Dr. Todorovic and Dr. Barton saw a need to create educational videos for senior high school students.

“We have created a playlist for high school students studying senior biology, to help them address their learning outcomes in this online space,” Dr. Todorovic said.

All the videos within the playlist – titled Senior Biology | QLD Education – conform to the Queensland Senior High School Biology Syllabus.

The videos cover material from the four units of senior biology which includes cells and multicellular organisms, maintaining the internal environment, biodiversity and interconnections of life and heredity and continuity of life.

Biology is the most studied science amongst high school students. In 2019, there was more than 12,000 year Queensland 12 students studying biology.

The channel can be viewed by high school students at no cost to them and can be used as a resourceful material for biology during this home schooling period.

“These videos are free to use and we are constantly updating our content,” Dr. Todorovic said.

“They will allow for senior biology students to stay on track with their studying and education, whilst being able to learn through a fun, easy and concise platform.”

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