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Laboratory tasks have a long history in science education and are often taken for granted. Perhaps because of this they are not always given the attention and reflection they deserve. In this workshop we will take a closer look at laboratory tasks as an instructional strategy and how they can be used more effectively.

Welcome to a workshop on on teaching and learning with Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching (CeUL).

This workshop is aimed at teachers within the Science academic area

About the workshop

As always in education the question of effectiveness primarily hinges on each teachers understanding and creative adaptation of the why and how in each specific context. A starting point is to analyze existing examples of laboratory tasks to see if the original intentions need to be reappreciated, or if some modification is called for.

During the workshop we introduce a simple but useful framework to analyze laboratory tasks based on the following aspects: educational objectives, goal structure, student autonomy, relation to authentic research, researchable questions, hypotheses, scientific methods (in plural), and assessment.

This framework can inform the implementation or modification of existing laboratory tasks, as well as guide the development of new tasks.

Time 15 May , 2023 at 09.00—12.00
Venue/Find your way

The workshop is moved Online:

E-meeting in Zoom. To participate in the workshop you will need a computer with the Zoom e-meeting service installed (see guide on how to install and log into Zoom) and a headset with microphone.

Language This workshop is held in English.
Workshop leader Jakob von Gyllenpalm, lektor vid Institutionen för matematikämnets och naturvetenskapsämnenas didaktik
Litterature/ Preparations Participants are expected to do a small assignment in preparation for the workshop. Instructions and readings are sent out about one week before the workshop.
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An opportunity to explore and develop academic teaching skills that falls under category 1. Subject expert and guide

The workshop offers tools and ideas on how to translate subject knowledge into teaching practice.

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CeUL offers workshops for all teachers at Stockholm University on a variety of teaching and learning topics. They are designed to meet the needs of both seasoned professionals and newcomers. Each session offers the opportunity to discuss shared experiences and knowledge with colleagues.

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