ENG-624 / 2 credits
Remark: Flexible course with both online and on-campus components. Exam 10 Dec, 2020 or 7 June 2021. For PhD via IS-Academia, for Master students https://go.epfl.ch/registering-courses-exams
This course develops teaching skills through the introduction of research-informed approaches, and the opportunity to practice concrete strategies appropriate for higher education science and technology contexts (exercises, labs, projects and traditional courses).
The goals of this course are:
- To introduce novice teachers in higher education (doctoral teaching assistants) to contemporary research-informed approaches to teaching.
- To provide opportunities to practice and develop these skills.
Using evidence from research in learning sciences, this course presents approaches and techniques that specifically address the challenges in science, maths and engineering. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunty to practice these techniques (in the context of exercises, projects, or lab situations) and to get feedback on your teaching skills.
This course is comprised of 2 parts :
- A self-study online module that addresses what to do when you teach as well as explaining why these approaches work (40h). Participants' understanding of this material will be tested in a written exam on EPFL campus. Note: The online module is available to everyone, enrolled in this course or not.
- A one-day hands-on practical skills lab focused on applying, practising and receiving feedback on teaching strategies. Topics from this lab will be included in the written exam. There are 4 themes to these hands-on sessions (exercises, labs, project and explaining) and participation in any one fulfils this requirement.
This course focuses on the teaching and learning of science and engineering in higher education and does not lead to a recognized teaching qualification for primary or post-primary schools.
- The online module can be accessed via edX.org (runs for 8 weeks timed to conclude with the EPFL exam; includes additional application activities; you do not need to pay for the verified track) and/or as a self-paced module available on courseware.epfl.ch
- For descriptions of the skills labs and to sign up to attend a specific date, please visit https://bookwhen.com/cape
- Written exam for Winter 2020: 10 December 2020. Written exam for Spring 2021: 7 June 2021.
Teaching and Learning Science and Engineering; Research and Development of Teaching Practices
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Assess / Evaluate up-to-date developments in learning sciences related to teaching and learning of science and engineering in higher education
- Demonstrate skills in presenting for learning, in tutoring and in giving students feedback
Online course (feedback via multiple choice questions) plus in person applied skills lab.
- Written exam: 100%
- Participation in 1 (or more) hands-on session is required in order to sit the exam.
- Hattie, J. (2009) Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement. NY: Routledge
- Ambrose, S. et al. (2010) How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
- Blessinger (2015) Inquiry based learning for science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) programmes. Bingley, UK: Emerald.
Ressources en bibliothèque
- Visible learning and the science of how we learn / John Hattie and Gregory C.R. Yates
- How learning works : seven research-based principles for smart teaching / Susan A. Ambrose [and four others] ; foreword by Richard E. Mayer
- Inquiry-based learning for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs : a conceptual and practical resource for educators / edited by Patrick Blessinger, John M. Carfora
In the programs
- Exam form: Written (session free)
- Subject examined: Science and Engineering Teaching and Learning
- Lecture: 24 Hour(s)
- Exercises: 8 Hour(s)
- Practical work: 8 Hour(s)