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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction: Teaching and Learning Science

7 videos (Total 42 min), 6 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
6 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!! - IMPORTANT general instructions for assignments and how they are graded2m
K2P Brief #15 Effective Peer Review10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Conceptual Change

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
3 hours to complete

Teaching with analogies

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
3 hours to complete

(Re-)Frame your science teaching

6 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Active learning with socioscientific issues7m
Tasks for active learners7m
Setting goals for students5m
Supervision of theses9m
Communication risk and uncertainity9m
3 readings
K2P Brief #9 Connecting Science and Society10m
K2P Brief #10 Active Learning10m
K2P Brief #14 Assessing Student Performance10m
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Top reviews from Teaching Science at University

By MMSep 17th 2018

It was useful for me as beginner. I learned how to give an assessment, planning for the course, developing my course material, raise the competitions between my students and more.

By RVMar 3rd 2018

This is a very exceptional course for me as a teacher. Very helpful insights and learnings. Thanks Prof. Dr. Kai Niebert for you wonderful teaching methodologies. God bless you.

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Kai Niebert

PhD, Professor for Science Teaching
Faculty of Science

About University of Zurich

Founded in 1833, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland’s largest university, with a cur­rent enrollment of over 26,000 students. Made up of seven faculties covering approximately 100 different subject areas, UZH is proud to offer the most comprehensive aca­demic program in the country....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • 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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