MNPED9000 – Teaching in STEM

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

Teaching is an important skill including leadership, collaboration and human knowledge. In this course, you will develop your ability to facilitate student learning. Participants will discuss and explore principles of teaching and learning in higher education, and use constructive alignment to plan, deliver and evaluate teaching and learning activities. 

Knowledge about teaching and learning is prerequisite for a career in higher education. Reflections around learning and development are relevant to mentoring and supporting members of a research team, and the ability to facilitate learning opportunities for new students is critical to contribute to the future of education and research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. 

You will learn to plan learning outcomes and goals, evaluate forms of assessment, and select appropriate student-centered learning activities and methods to support student development in a cohesive way. You will learn to use assessment for learning, use writing and discussions to support deep learning and critical thinking skills for students, and reflect on the role of the learning environment and how to include diverse students in your teaching. Finally, you will learn how to document your competence for future job applications within or outside academia.  

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you are able to:  

  • use backwards design to align learning outcomes, assessment and learning activities

  • plan, conduct, and evaluate teaching activities relevant to your field

  • engage and interact with students to support learning and development

  • contribute to a community of practice in teaching and learning

  • document and reflect on your own development as a teacher

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

The course has limited intake capacity (25 participants). Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. PhD candidates at the MN faculty who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included

  2. Other PhD candidates at the MN faculty

  3. PhD candidates at the University of Oslo

  4. Visiting PhD candidates

All applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Developing as a teacher requires learning by doing. Hands-on experience and reflections on teaching in your own field of expertise is an important part of the learning outcomes in this course. After a one-week intensive course consisting of workshops and discussions, you will get practical experience with teaching in a bachelor- or master course relevant to your field.  

After planning and trying out teaching in your own field, we meet again to share experiences and connect these to relevant literature in order to develop further as teachers. The teaching concludes with a one-day workshop where you get feedback on your written reflections that will form the basis for your home exam. The home exam period is two weeks. 

The course material includes research articles and websites. The course requires active participation from all participants during workshops and during the practical part of the course. 

Attendance at the first day of the course is mandatory. Attendance at 80 percent of the course and approval of the teachable unit is required to be allowed to take the home exam. 

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Two weeks after the final day of teaching, participants must submit a written home exam.

Approval of the teaching plan is required to be allowed to take the home exam.

If you fail the written home exam, you are required to attend the entire course again, including planning and conducting new teaching activities.

Examination support material

Support material is allowed during the home exam period.

Language of examination

You may submit your home exam in Norwegian or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence can be granted an extended deadline. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 23, 2022 9:15:41 PM

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