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Students and teachers from UiB at EuroSoTL 2019 in Bilbao, Spain

A group of master students (Vilde Sandvoll Norderval, Maja Nepstad, Kristoffer Erdal and Marie Josephine Mendy) and lecturers (Anne Bjune, Henriette Linge and Jorun Nyléhn) from UiB newly visited the international conference EuroSoTL in Bilbao, Spain 12.-14. June 2019. The conference was organized by the European group of the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) in cooperation with the Spanish Network of University Teaching (RED-U), and took place at The University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.

Photo: An interactive session with two master students in biology didactics at EuroSoTL 2019

Two master students in biology didactics, Vilde Sandvoll Norderval and Kristoffer Erdal, delivered their first talk at an international conference. Their session was interactive; presenting their results intermingled with poll questions. The audience was invited to guess the results prior to the revealing of the results. Vilde has studied learning patterns among biology students, and Kristoffer has studied their mindsets.

Typically, conference papers follow the IMRaD-structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. This time we wanted to try something new: to support an interactive session with the conference paper. The results was IMRaD with a twist: Introduction, Methods, and Interactive Results and Discussion. The results were given as multiple-choice questions, where the readers had to guess among possible outcomes. The readers must visit the talk at the conference to get the full results. A main outline of the results was given in Conclusions as well.

Illustration: Paper at EuroSoTL 2019 with Interactive Results and Discussion

The conference was well organized, with more than 100 talks in parallel sessions, plenaries and poster sessions. Anne Bjune and Henriette Linge from UiB participated with posters.

Photo: Anne Bjune in front of her poster at EuroSoTL in Bilbao

The proceedings from the conference are available here: https://www.ehu.eus/documents/8301386/10560621/Actas-EuroSoTL-Conference-2019.pdf/1a7d5867-e222-4aab-6f92-a7948f1fbd67. The paper with the Interactive Results and Discussion is found at pages 383-389 (“Learning strategies, personality and mindset among first-year biology students”, J. Nyléhn, V.S. Norderval, K. Erdal, M. Nepstad).

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