bioCEED news

Cooperative learning goes online: Teaching and learning intervention in a digital environment impacts psychosocial outcomes in biology students

Our study on the effect of digital cooperative learning compared to digital lectures on biology students’ sense of belonging, scientific confidence, generic skills, and loneliness is now published. Abstract Identifying evidence-based teaching and learning strategies that can ease teacher challenges and mitigate student concerns in digital settings becomes increasingly important. In this intervention study we…

Editorial letter

Time for the last newsletter of 2022. It seems like the year has disappeared fast and I guess that means we have all been very active with our various projects. The bioCEED newsletters have come thick and fast throughout the year and have made for a fascinating and colourful read every time. The new layout…

SFU – network gathering in Bergen in November

Attending the SFU network gathering as students offered us a rare look into the world of teachers and the problems they face trying to engage students while cultivating a positive learning environment. A standout of the meeting was the talk regarding student involvement in a course’s curriculum. As bioCEED student representatives, we have deeper involvement…

A successful first semester for UNISOracle!

The aim of the UNISOracle is to create a forum at UNIS where bachelor students can discuss, and reflect on relevant topics from their courses, and get help to develop their general skills by for instance creating presentations, posters and practicing presenting together with their fellow students. This semester UNISOracle was organized by Sine-Sara Astad,…

Teaching palaeoecology

In November a special issue was published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution on the theme “Teaching palaeosciences to future generations”. Anne Bjune was one of the editors. Palaeosciences covers many disciplines (biology, geology, geography) and student training happen in a wide range of environments. This can potentially be pedagogical challenging. In the special issue some…

BIO Teachers Retreat 2022

bioCEED hosted a teachers retreat for BIO at UiB 28 and 29 November in Voss. This two-day meeting was organized around the theme of “Assessment,” and to that end we discussed grading policies and costs (Anne Bjune and Sigrunn Eliassen), evidence-based assessment and test anxiety (Sehoya Cotner), and updates from the 100 Club on the…

Open, Reproducible, and Transparent Science Course

In November, we held a course on Open, Reproducible, and Transparent Science in Ecology at the Biological Research Station at Finse. The course was a collaboration between bioCEED (University of Bergen), GBIF Norway and Living Norway with teachers from NINA, NTNU, UiO and UiB. The course was aimed for PhD students and offered hands-on training,…

Learning Forum 2022 – Education for Sustainability and Digital Tools

In October we were thrilled to welcome all back to our Learning Forum at UNIS, the 9th in (almost) a row since 2013. A total of 74 participants had signed up for the Learning Forum this year, including a group of bioCEED people from Bergen also contributing this year with keynotes, talks, workshops, poster presentations…

New records for the Student Poster Symposium at BIO

One more semester ends with a fantastic Student Poster Symposium at BIO. In so many ways, the Fall 2022 edition of the symposium was exceptional. First by the number of posters presented (54 – a new record), but also by the size of the audience who participated in the sessions and by the quality of…

bioCEED teaching and learning toolkit

We are now launching the bioCEED toolkit, where we present short cases that describe some of our teaching and learning innovations and activities. We hope they can inspire other students, teachers, and educational developers to make their version of these learning experiences. The cases present a short background and purpose, the community, tools and activities,…

Student Poster Symposium Fall 2022

Everyone is warmly welcome to the student poster symposium for the following courses: BIO201, BIO250, BIO299, MOL231, MOL270 & BIO300A on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. All posters will be on display in the mezzanine area of VilVite. Students will be giving one-minute-presentations of their posters in the Auditorium from 12:15. All posters will also be available…

Student Posters on Display at the Heathland Centre at Lygra

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Biology students make posters as part of the assessment in various courses at the Department of biological Sciences. The students present at the bi-annual student poster session, and we make the posters available at the bioPITCH webpage. We aim towards making student course products real life products, something that they can showcase, and maybe link…

Kjetil Rundereim successfully defended his Master thesis in the ArtsApp project

Kjetil Rundereim defended his Master of Science thesis successfully in June, 2022. His master thesis entitled “Effekten av digitale identifiseringsverktøy på videregående elevers motivasjon og læring ved artsidentifisering: Et selvbestemmelsesteoretisk perspektiv» was part of the ArtsApp project. Kjetil, along with the supervisors Lucas Jeno and John-Arvid Grytnes, are working on submitting the results of the…

New study published by the ArtsApp project

A new study has been published by members of the ArtsApp project. The study is a qualitative study where 26 bachelor’s and master’s students from BIO were interviewed after having identified sedges. The aim of the study was to further understand the thinking process during the identification of species. For instance, the students said that…

bioCEED welcomes new student representatives at UNIS fall 2022!

This fall we are fortunate to have these three student representatives contributing to various aspects of the bioCEED activities at UNIS: Kjetil Aukland Talhaug, Milly Evavold and William Andrews. Kjetil Aukland Talhaug is a bachelor student from the University of Tromsø (UiT) and is serving as a new student representative for bioCEED at the University…