bioCEED news

Our Students Are Impressive!

Every semester since 2016, the Student Poster Symposium at BIO has invited students enrolled in one of seven courses (see Box) to present and discuss their scientific work in an interactive poster session. These poster sessions are open to all. For its 9th edition, 140 students in BIO241, BIO299, MOL231, SDG214 and SDG215 were listed…

bioCEED welcomes new Deputy and farewell to outgoing!

We are delighted to welcome our new Deputy Steve Coulson to bioCEED! Even though many employees at UNIS know Steve from before as he used to work at the Arctic Biology (AB) Department at UNIS for 10 years (2005-2015) with research focus on the invertebrate communities of the Arctic, he is new within the bioCEED…

Bikuben student journal is coming soon!

Next semester, we are launching the first edition of Bikuben – a scientific journal for students at BIO. We want to publish a wide range of products representing all directions at BIO – from scientific articles and reviews, to video essays and artwork. These products can be modified versions of course-related assignments and projects, or something…

A new course is in development: Leading Educational Change – through SoTL

Together with fellow SFU iEarth, we work with many individuals engaged in educational change initiatives. To better support these colleagues, specifically those in leadership roles, bioCEED and iEarth, and our partners in STEM education at Lund University, we are offering a new course. Leading Education Change—through SoTL will support the growth of skills and competences…

Læringsfestivalen 2021 – an inspiring arena for learning and teaching development

Læringsfestivalen is an important arena for teachers and others who are involved and interested in teaching and educational development and where people can exchange knowledge, experiences and educational research results. The festival is organized by NTNU and Diku and this year it went fully digitally with well above 200 participants across different educational institutions and…

Debating the Act relating to universities and university colleges

The new Act relating to universities and university colleges (NOU 2020:3) is to be passed by the Norwegian Parliament this month. As a Centre for Excellence in Education, we have both experience and expertise in what hinders and what supports development of good teaching and learning. We have previously voiced concerns over several elements in the…

bioCEEDsters : Simone Lang

My name is Simone Lang and I am an Assoc. Prof. at Arctic Biology, UNIS, doing research on bryophytes and lichens: how they are affected by climate change and how they, in turn, feedback to climate via their ecosystem functions.

bioCEEDsters: Timon Brüggemann

My name is Timon and I work at the University Centre in Svalbard at the AB department as a technician. Here I am working with both the FieldPass project and in bioCEED. 

Experiences from a Teaching & Learning course at UNIS

A new Teaching & Learning course for PhD students, postdocs and master students with teaching responsibilities has recently been launched by  bioCEED and iEarth at UNIS. It was an intense 3-days session for eight participants, full of active learning, discussions and sharing the experience of tackling challenging situations during fieldwork.  

Annual Report 2020

The 2020 Annual Report was finalized and shared with the bioCEED board and our funders at Diku. Feel free to read the report in its entirety here, or just the brief summary that follows.

Pedagogical TA course is here to stay

For the second time, bioCEED has held a pedagogical two-day course for teaching assistants (TA) at BIO. This is a continuation of the previous TA course. However, based on feedback from the participants, as well as teachers at BIO, we have tried to improve the course by providing better examples and more relevant content for…

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…