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English
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Learner Career Outcomes

20%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 17 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Introduction: Teaching and Learning Science

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 42 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Evidence-based science teaching5m
Rate teaching strategies6m
How the brain computes information7m
from behaviourism...5m
...to constructivism8m
Encouraging higher order thinking6m
7 readings
Join our research project on effective professional development!!10m
READ ME!! How to get the most out of our course2m
K2P Brief #1 Formative Assessment10m
K2P Brief #2 Powerful Feedback10m
READ ME - Help FLAG those who weaken the peer review system10m
READ ME, TOO - IMPORTANT general instructions for assignments and how they are graded2m
K2P Brief #15 Effective Peer Review10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Conceptual Change

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
No teaching without everyday conceptions6m
Assessing your students conceptions7m
Learning as conceptual change8m
Learning as ontological change4m
Tips for engagement9m
2 readings
K2P Brief #3 Initiating Conceptual Change10m
K2P Brief #4 Making Conceptual Change Happen10m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Teaching with analogies

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 38 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Using analogies6m
How to teach analogies4m
Successful instructional analogies8m
Multiple representations in science7m
4 readings
K2P Brief #5 Big Ideas in Science10m
K2P Brief #6 Backward Design10m
K2P Brief #7 - Teaching with Analogies - part 110m
K2P Brief #8: Teaching with Analogies - part 210m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

(Re-)Frame your science teaching

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 53 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Active learning with socioscientific issues7m
Tasks for active learners7m
Active Learning with Digital Tools8m
Setting goals for students5m
Supervision of theses9m
Communication risk and uncertainity9m
4 readings
K2P Brief #9 Connecting Science and Society10m
K2P Brief #10 Active Learning10m
K2P Brief #16 Teaching with Digital Tools10m
K2P Brief #14 Assessing Student Performance10m

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  • The course consists of lectures and assignments at the end of each week. The assignment is designed to let you implement the week's course content into your own teaching syllabus, for example when developing an analogy for your own course. By developing the assignments and giving feedback to others' assignments you can collect points to complete the course.

  • The course is designed as a professional development course for people teaching in science contexts. For example PhD students often need to collect credit points in their programs. Unfortunately we cannot give credits. But universities often "translate" the course certificate into credits for your programs. Just ask your supervisors/program leaders.

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