WP1 – A collegial learning culture among teachers

WP 1: A collegial learning culture among teachers, led by Department of Biology, UiB.

  • Annual ‘teacher’s retreat’ where teaching, learning, and curricula are discussed. Each retreat will explore a specific theme through presentations, discussions, and group work
  • Appoint two adjunct Professors (educational scientists) to provide a conduit for the exchange of new ideas, discuss and evaluate actions, and publish bioCEED findings
  • Develop ‘teacher groups’ that share responsibility for education across related courses
  • Promote the renewal of teaching skills at all career stages through pedagogic courses and educational ‘sabbaticals’ to exchange ideas and develop curricula
  • Develop a web forum for presenting and discussing methods and experience.
  • Shift from ‘teaching’ to ‘learning’ perspective in teacher thinking and practice
  • Develop a culture of shared responsibility for students, courses, and programmes
  • Create physical, social, and virtual ‘spaces’ for sharing experience and ideas

WP Leader:

Ørjan Totland : Head of Department (BIO), Work Package Leader

Ørjan Totland

Head of Department (BIO), Work Package Leader

 

+47 55 58 46 01 / +47 477 58 058
Orjan.Totland@uib.no
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WP2: Learning Environments

WP 2: Learning environments, led by the Department of Biology, UiB.

  • Expand the learning environment through integrating field, laboratory and internships
  • Develop student spaces (room for active, interactive, and varied learning experiences).
  • Set up an exploratory ‘digital pack’ where the potential of emerging new technologies in education is explored and assessed, focusing especially on lab and field education.
  • Increase educational support though appointing dedicated educational technical staff, and through targeted training and exchange visits for technical and administrative staff
  • Align curricula, skills training, practice opportunities, and evaluation with learning goals
  • Continuous optimisation of technical and administrative support to educational needs
  • Engage staff and students in renewal of the broader learning environment

WP Leader:

Sigrunn Eliassen : Associate Professor, Work Package Leader

Sigrunn Eliassen

Associate Professor, Work Package Leader

 
I am responsible for work package WP2 Learning Environments and engaged in several projects including bioSKILLS, where we focus on transferable skills in biology.

+47 55 58 46 22
Sigrunn.Eliassen@uib.no
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WP3: Active students

WP 3: Active students, led by the Department of Arctic Biology, UNIS.

  • Redesign programmes and courses and set learning goals that actively engage students in the pursuit of competence across the biological ‘domain’
  • Integrate problem-solving and learning-to-learn skills across the curriculum
  • Use students actively in planning and conducting learning activities; provide opportunities for extra involvement and activities, based on student interests
  • Offer internships in the public and private sector and research laboratories from first year
  • Provide certification (acquired competence in specific topics, lab and field security, etc.)
  • Set learning goals that engage students actively in pursuit of competence across the biological ‘domain’ (content knowledge, skills, and societal relevance; Fig. 1)
  • Integrate development of problem-solving and learning-to-learn skills in the curriculum
  • Increase hands-on experience with research, industries, management and education
  • Provide students with informative feedback

WP Leader:

Tove Gabrielsen : Associate Professor, Work Package Leader

Tove Gabrielsen

Associate Professor, Work Package Leader

 
I am responsible for work package WP3 – “Active students” –  which will focus on enhancing student active learning. Transferable skills training, internships within the private and public sector and students involvement within planning and conducting learning activities are some of the things we are working on within this work package.

+47 79 02 33 42
tove.gabrielsen@unis.no
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WP4: Align quality assurance, evaluation, goals, practice

WP 4: Align quality assurance, evaluation, goals, practice, led by Higher Education Research Unit, UiB

  • Develop quality assurance and evaluation methods that enable the monitoring of progress and spread of ‘best practice’ (see WP1)
  • Focus on institutional learning in implementation of The Qualification’s Framework
  • Appoint and supervise two PhD students to conduit research on bioCEED activities
  • Experiment with and assess selected traditional and new learning methods, e.g., deliberate practice, flipped classroom, open labs, ‘gaming attitude’ in students, teaching-on-demand. Develop new learning methods that link theory and practice across the biological ‘domain’.
  • Expand alternative learning methods, and reduce lecturing by 20% relative to 2011.
  • Develop quality assurance and evaluation as tools for monitoring progress, recognizing and rewarding excellence, and dissemination of ‘best practice’
  • Encourage and conduct learning ‘experiments’, and document and report outcomes

WP Leader:

Arild Raaheim : Professor, Work Package Leader

Arild Raaheim

Professor, Work Package Leader

 
I am Leader for Work Package 4 and 6


Arild.Raaheim@uib.no
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WP5: Strengthen and empower educational leadership

WP 5: Strengthen and empower educational leadership, led by the Department of Arctic Biology, UNIS

  • Appoint and empower ‘education leaders’ as part of institutional leaderships
  • Integrate and align teaching and research in strategic planning at the institutions
  • Identify obstacles against development and change and develop actions and strategies to remove or mitigate them (local, institutional and national level)
  • Incorporate teaching and education efforts and success into staff reward systems
  • Explicitly promote education in our internal communication (weekly newsletter, web etc.)
  • Appoint and empower ‘leaders of education’ as part of institutional leaderships
  • Integrate education and research in institutional strategies and goals
  • Identify and remove (infrastructure) obstacles to development and change
  • Develop links to the higher education sector (within our institutions, in Norway, abroad)

WP Leader:

Øystein Varpe : Professor, Work Package Leader

Øystein Varpe

Professor, Work Package Leader

I am leading the work package on Educational Leadership, and as part of this, the National Forum for Educational Leadership in Biology – a collaboration between Biofagrådet and bioCEED. When I teach at UNIS, I enjoy trying out new ideas and methods, many of which have emerged from my involvement in bioCEED. Course responsibilities at UNIS: AB-204 Arctic Ecology and Population Biology & AB338/838 Life history adaptations to seasonality.

http://www.unis.no/staff/oystein-varpe/

+47 79 02 64 63
oystein.varpe@unis.no
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WP6: Spread of ‘best practice’

WP 6: Spread of ‘best practice’, led by the Higher Education Research Unit, UiB

  • Develop the web forum into a well-structured freely-accessible ‘idea-bank’ and discussion forum for biology educators.
  • Publish project results in educational science journals and in educational practice forums
  • Develop ‘test cases’ that will be tried out in other biology educations in Norway
  • Arrange an open, international conference on biology education every 3 years, shifting focus to match project needs and development of knowledge
  • Enable learning and sharing of experience within bioCEED and beyond through virtual sites and tools, working groups/workshops, and an open biology education conference

WP Leader:

Arild Raaheim : Professor, Work Package Leader

Arild Raaheim

Professor, Work Package Leader

 
I am Leader for Work Package 4 and 6


Arild.Raaheim@uib.no
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WP7: Strengthen links between education and society

WP 7: Strengthen links between education and society, led by Institute of Marine Research

 

  • Host annual meetings between bioCEED students and industry and sector representatives to exchange ideas and communicate biologists’ contributions and society’s needs
  • Run bioCEED workshops with end-user panels to discuss biology-society interactions
  • Present BioCEED findings in sector-specific journals and meetings
  • Increase and systematize communication with employers, end-users, and biology alumni to better understand society’s needs and to communicate the contributions of biologists
  • Develop mechanisms for student placement within the sector during Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

WP Leader:

Gro I. van der Meeren : Senior Researcher, Work Package Leader

Gro I. van der Meeren

Senior Researcher, Work Package Leader

 
I am leading the work package on "Strengthening links between education and society" (WP 7). Being a senior researcher at the Institute of Marine Research, I work mostly in projects with clear societal responsibility, giving scientifically based advice in marine management topics, both on species level and open sea marine ecosystems. My role in bioCEED, along with the PRIME-project, in opening up the “real” world to biology students is a pleasure.

+47 94 16 87 42
grom@imr.no
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