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.

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Courses in pedagogy enables teachers to meet the criteria for teaching and learning in higher education required for employment at UNIS. Photo: Tina Dahl

UPED course – University course in teaching and learning 

The University course in teaching and learning is offered at UNIS and is typically offered every other year. The course runs over 3 semesters, normally starting in the autumn. It covers 120h of a total 200h requirement for Basic competence in university teaching and learning. The remaining 80h will be offered by several other, shorter courses by UNIS or other institutions.

The course runs for (60h) at UNIS, divided either into two one-week periodsduring fall and spring or 2 four-day weeks and 2 online meeting days (during fall and spring). A minimum of 80% attendance is mandatory. The course has required preparation work and homework between course meetings.

In addition to preparation work and homework tasks, the participants complete an individual project estimated at 60 hours, receiving guidance and feedback from the course instructors. Permanent teaching staff will complete a research project on student learning and produce a SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) report. PhD students and Postdocs who participate in the course will have the option to develop a teaching portfolio or to complete a research project on student learning and write a SoTL report. 

The course offers an introduction to

  • Theoretical frameworks for understanding learning and teaching
  • Learning centered vs. teaching centered perspective
  • Integrated course design / constructive alignment
  • Learning outcomes
  • Assessment (formative, summative and authentic)
  • Equity and accessibility in teaching and learning
  • Active and engaged learning strategies
  • Research supervision
  • Microteaching with course colleagues & peer feedback on teaching

Contact HR (HR@unis.no) for more details about next course plan. For more course-specific questions contact Marie Annette van der Kloet (mariev@unis.no).

Collegial Teaching and Learning Course in STEM Education

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 (tinad@unis.no) 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 (markf@unis.no) or Tina Dahl (tinad@unis.no) for more information about the course.