bioCEED news

Sehoya Cotner takes over as the Director of bioCEED!

Sehoya Cotner will be taking up the position as the new director of bioCEED in 2021. Sehoya comes from the University of Minnesota, where she is an associate professor in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning. As a professor II with bioCEED since 2016, she knows both bioCEED and Bergen well and has been…

Rklubben over Zoom

Statistics course tend to focus on teaching statistics. However, as students soon learn when they start analysing their Masters or PhD thesis data, statistical analysis is typically only a minor component of any data analysis project. Data wrangling – importing, cleaning, and reformatting – often takes far longer and needs far more code than the…

Redesigning the bachelor’s degree in biology at UiB

At BIO we are now in the process of redesigning our bachelor programme in biology. This is done through the DIKU-founded project “Student active learning in the (re)design of the biology education”, which is a collaboration between bioCEED, BIO and the UiB Learning lab. An important tool for this work is the redesign model developed…

Preparing PhD students for field and classroom teaching!

bioCEED and iEarth are in the planning stage for a new 3-days teaching and learning course at UNIS this spring. This course mainly aims to provide PhD students at UNIS with some basic learning theory and concepts, practical approaches, tools and skills for classroom and field teaching. The course is a part of an ongoing…

bioBEES – research technicians at bioCEED

Christmas is right around the corner, and we are all looking forward to a little cozy break. After two months of employment, we are well underway with different tasks. One of the first tasks we took on was to find a less tongue twisting name than the title research technicians student group. We can now…

MOL203 på 1-2-3

MOL-203 Gene structure and Function is known amongst molecular biology students as an interesting, but challenging course. This is the last semester the course runs, before it will be renewed and return as an introductory molecular biology course. But this didn’t mean that the current students didn’t need help before the exam. It was for…

Second digital poster symposium for BIO students

More than 100 students, teachers and staff attended the BIO Fall 2020 Student Poster Symposium. Every semester, students at BIO present posters of their scientific work at a poster symposium. Many students have been conducting projects as part of their courses during this semester, in which they participated in workshops on how to create a…

3D-printing a smartphone holder for taking pictures on a microscope

Taking microscopy pictures with a smartphone is quite common at the teaching lab. Students often use their favorite electronical device for documenting observations and illustrating their journals or their Instagram feed. Taking pictures directly through the eyepiece of a microscope isn’t that difficult, to be honest. However, taking good pictures is somehow a bit tricky.…

On a quest for revolution!

In November, Vigdis Vandvik, Lucas Jeno and other critical voices were invited to a NOKUT seminar to discuss future developments of Studiebarometeret. This was based on a previous written op-ed in Khrono back in Febrauary where bioCEED demanded a “full revolution” of the Norwegian national student questionnaire Studiebarometeret. The reason for this? We believe the…

Official opening of iEarth at UNIS

bioCEED congratulates our sister SFU iEarth with their formal opening at UNIS on October 13th! We are looking forward to years to come with collaboration on developing excellent educations at UNIS.

Corona-adapted biORAKEL

Like many others, biORAKEL needed to adapt for this pandemic to be able to resume our weekly meetings. Back in March, when the national lockdown went in effect and physical lectures were replaced with Zoom meetings, we took a small break to try and figure out how we could continue our meetings. After a few…

BIO102 brings the ocean to the students.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many of us to reconsider the way we teach larger classes. Digital solutions now replace or supplement classroom teaching, and videos take a larger part in the teaching material. However, field courses and excursions are still hardly replaceable by a screen, even if tremendous efforts are made to digitalize preparation…

Excellent Teaching Practitioner – 2020

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MatNat) at UiB and the University Centre in Svalbard are inviting teachers to apply for the title of Excellent Teaching Practitioner (ETP).

Pedagogical TA course runs at BIO for the first time

bioCEED, along with the Department of Education at UiB, held a two-day pedagogy course for TA´s (teaching assistants) and administrative staff with teaching responsibilities from the Department of Biological Sciences. The course was led by Associate Professor in University Pedagogy Lucas Jeno, with support from Christian Strømme and Dagmar Egelkraut. The course consisted of two…

Fieldwork in Peru as the pandemic hit

On March 8, 2020, 48 students and teachers from 18 countries and four continents met in Cuzco, Peru. We looked forward to participating in and running the 5th International Plant Functional Traits Field Course (PFTC5). In the PFTC field courses, students learn a range of plant functional traits approaches to climate and global change ecology,…

Educational development and support through corona times at BIO and UNIS

The last few months have been challenging for everyone at our two institutions, both for students, teachers and support staff. But it has also been a unique period demonstrating that it is possible to develop and achieve under such conditions and over a short period of time. When universities across the country had to shut…

bioCEEDsters: Kseniia Kalian

Hey, my name is Kseniia and I have been working at UNIS since 2020. Initially I joined the interdisciplinary “FieldPass” project as a postdoc where I am investigating possible ways to strengthen the constructive alignment between learning activities (with fieldwork as a key element), forms of assessments and learning outcomes. Here I am going to…