At UNIS several pedagogical courses are offered for staff at regular basis. The aim with the courses is to support student learning and to provide pedagogical training and support to the professional development for teaching staff. It also enables teachers to meet the criteria for teaching and learning in higher education required for employment at UNIS.
UPED course – University course in teaching and learning
Next UPED course is starting up fall 2023. You can find more information here. Deadline for signing up is October 1, 2023.
This University Pedagogy course is offered at UNIS and is typically offered every other year. This course, combined with some additional professional development activities, is one of the ways that UNIS staff can meet the requirement to achieve their basic pedagogical competence. Instructional staff, including postdoctoral fellows and PhD researchers, are welcome to join the course.
The content of the course is drawn from research on teaching and learning and is designed to cover varied aspects of teaching work (including course and curriculum design, instructional strategies, assessment and feedback, and supervision). Topics include:
- Theoretical frameworks for understanding learning and teaching
- Integrated course design / constructive alignment
- Learning outcomes
- Assessment (formative, summative and authentic)
- Equity and accessibility in teaching
- Active learning strategies
- Research supervision
- Peer feedback on teaching
The course covers 120 hours of the total 200-hour requirement for the required Basic competence in university teaching and learning. The remaining 80 hours will be offered by several other, shorter courses offered by UNIS or other institutions. Participants must be proactive in pursuing opportunities for this remaining development.
Collegial Teaching and Learning Course in STEM Education
Next course is starting up fall 2023. You can find more information here. Deadline for signing up is August 28, 2023.
bioCEED offers the teaching and learning course Collegial Teaching and Learning – in STEM Education (MNPED660, 5 ECTS). The course runs over two semesters, normally starting in the autumn.
The course introduces participants to core concepts of teaching and learning in higher education to develop ability to improve student learning. The course is built on the principles of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and focus on general pedagogical aspects, as well as aspects specifically related to teaching and learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The main component of the course is a group SoTL project, addressing a teaching and learning issue of relevance to the participants’ own practice. The course requires no previous pedagogical training and welcomes both experienced and more novice employees at UNIS that work with education, teaching and learning (i.e. professors, PhDs, administration, technicians, etc.).
MNPED660 counts towards the UiB required basic pedagogical competence. In the new UiB UPED program for basic pedagogical competence (from autumn 2020), it can replace all of the three compulsory courses UPED600, UPED601, and UPED602 (https://www.uib.no/en/uped).
Contact Tina Dahl (email@example.com) for more information about the course.
Teaching Assistant course
bioCEED and iEarth offers a teaching assistant course for PhD students, postdocs and master students. The course runs over three days and is normally provided during springtime.
The course introduces the participants to current concepts of teaching and learning in higher education in order to develop their ability to improve their teaching and student learning. The course is practical, using active learning methods and have previously been focusing on central theories and concept of learning and teaching, presenter vs. facilitator role in classroom, written feedback, and field learning. The course is planned to be run again during spring 2023 but with more focus on field teaching.
Contact Mark Furze (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tina Dahl (email@example.com) for more information about the course.