MNPED9000 – Teaching in STEM

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

Knowledge about teaching and learning is an important skill 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.

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.

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.

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 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 outcome 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. The teaching concludes with a one-day workshop to debrief and reflect. The home exam period is two weeks.

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

Attendance at the first workshop is mandatory. Attendance at 80 percent of the one-week workshop and approval of the teaching plan 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.

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. 22, 2021 3:15:31 PM

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