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Postgraduate course

Collegial Teaching and Learning in STEM Education

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeMNPED660
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish/Norwegian
  • Resources

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Employees working with teaching and learning at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Objectives and Content

Collegial Teaching and Learning in STEM Education consists of two separate units corresponding to two plus one (= three) weeks of full-time work.

The course introduces you to current concepts of teaching and learning in higher education in order to develop your ability to improve student learning. The course is focused on discussing pedagogical topics specifically related to teaching and learning in STEM, and is intended for educators who teach mainly in these subjects. The course requires no previous higher education teacher training and can be offered to both experienced and more novice teachers.

The main component of the course is the SoTL group project, addressing a teaching issue of relevance to the participants own teaching and learning situation. The project work corresponds to 40-50 hours of work per person and is reported orally and in writing. In addition, the other course participants will give adequate feed-back on the project work.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will have acquired:


  • Be able to analyse teaching issues with reference to their own professional practice and knowledge of student learning


  • Be able to participate in a collegial discussion on teaching and learning with colleagues (critical friends), based on relevant literature and documentation
  • Be able to report the findings of a SoTL project on teaching and learning, with university colleagues as a target group
  • Be able to develop pedagogical alternatives to use in their own practice, and to justify their benefits to student learning

General competence

  • Demonstrate a research approach to their own teaching practice/pedagogical practice.

Access to the Course

Employees working with teaching and learning at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The main component of the course is a SoTL project, carried out by a group and addressing a teaching issue of relevance to the participants. The project is reported orally and in writing during the course. In addition to the project, the course consist of scheduled seminars intended to support the work on the project. Litterature studies of relevance, including written assignments, and writing and peer-feedback on a teaching portfolio is also included

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Participation in course activities (seminars).
  • Literature studies (reading and writing assignments).
  • Project works (in groups).
  • Writing a teaching portfolio and give feedback on a teaching portfolio.

Forms of Assessment

Assessment is done based on:

  • Participation in course activities (seminars)
  • Approved assignments
  • Approved project report

Grading Scale


Reading List

  • Biggs, J. & Tang, C. (2011), Teaching for Quality Learning at University, 4th ed, The Society for Research into Higher Education.
  • Handal, G. (1999), Consultation Using Critical Friends, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 76, pp 59-70.
  • And other relevant literature to complete the course project.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the participants.

Programme Committee


Course Coordinator

Førsteamanuensis II Roy Andersson og Professor Arild Raaheim

Course Administrator

bioCEED - Centre for excellence in biology education, in cooperation with the MN Faculty.

Exam information