Science and Engineering Teaching and Learning


Lecturer(s) :

Hardebolle Cécile
Isaac Siara Ruth
Le Duc Ingrid
Tormey Roland John




Every year


Every year


This course develops teaching skills through the introduction 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:

  1. To introduce novice teachers in higher education (doctoral teaching assistants) to contemporary research-informed approaches to teaching.
  2. To provide opportunities to practice and develop these skills.

Using evidence from research in learning sciences, this course will introduce participants to 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). These resources are available to everyone (enrolled in this course or not). Participants' understanding of this material will be tested in a written exam on EPFL campus.

- 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. For more details and to sign up to attend a specific date, please visit

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.



Teaching and Learning Science and Engineering; Research and Development of Teaching Practices

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Online course (feedback via multiple choice questions) plus in person applied skills lab.

Assessment methods



  1. Hattie, J. (2009) Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement. NY: Routledge
  2. Ambrose, S. et al. (2010) How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  3. Blessenger (2015) Inquiry based learning for science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) programmes. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

  • EDOC General and external courses, 2019-2020
    • Semester
    • Exam form
    • Credits
    • Subject examined
      Science and Engineering Teaching and Learning
    • Number of places
    • Lecture
      24 Hour(s)
    • Exercises
      8 Hour(s)
    • Practical work
      8 Hour(s)

Reference week

Exercise, TP
Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German