University of Amsterdam
Teaching in University Science Laboratories (Developing Best Practice)
University of Amsterdam

Teaching in University Science Laboratories (Developing Best Practice)

Taught in English

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Natasa Brouwer
Gunther Fleerackers
Claire McDonnell

Instructors: Natasa Brouwer


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Intermediate level

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Identify the purposes of implementing laboratory classes in higher education.

  • Provide strategies on how to increase student engagement.

  • Develop effective questions to probe student understanding of laboratory practice.

  • Create a rubric for assessing a student performing a lab activity and subsequent reports.

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There are 7 modules in this course

In this module you will learn about different types of laboratory sessions and get acquainted with strategies that can improve student’s engagement in lab sessions. You will get an introduction about this course as a whole and set your personal goals for it.

What's included

1 video8 readings1 peer review4 discussion prompts

This module is about qualities needed to be a good laboratory teacher.

What's included

1 video7 readings1 peer review4 discussion prompts

This module is about the learning theories that can be applied to ensure effective teaching of laboratory work.

What's included

2 videos5 readings2 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt

This module is about giving instruction in a lab session. We present different strategies how to support learning by questioning and how to prevent information overload.

What's included

3 videos5 readings1 peer review5 discussion prompts

In this module we present the rubric, a tool which can be used for assessing and giving feedback to students on their learning goals. We also consider the concept of constructive alignment of learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities and assessment.

What's included

2 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In this module we ask you to look back on what you have learned in this online course and to make your own plan about the improvements of the laboratory course in which you teach.

What's included

1 reading2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

This is an additional week for the ones who need it to finish all the assignments and get the cetificate of the course. Good luck!

What's included

1 reading


Instructor ratings
4.8 (36 ratings)
Natasa Brouwer
University of Amsterdam
1 Course10,543 learners
Gunther Fleerackers
University of Amsterdam
1 Course10,543 learners
Claire McDonnell
University of Amsterdam
1 Course10,543 learners

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