Online Course for Lecturers

Online Course

The ECTN Working Group Lecturing Qualifications and Innovative Teaching Methods has developed an online course for professional development of lecturers in laboratory courses entitled: Teaching in University Science Laboratories (Developing Best Practice). The Online course is delivered on the MOOC platform Coursera. The course is targeted at relatively inexperienced university teachers who teach in the lab courses.
Summary of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Coursera.

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Development process
To frame the development the working group has written a position paper about the importance and goals of such online course for the university laboratory teaching and  professional development of lecturers and specifically lecturers who teach laboratory courses. The position paper is published in open access in 2016 (Download). The course Teaching in University Science Laboratories (Developing Best Practice) was first given as a private online course session on Coursera from December 2017 to February 2018 and from November 2018 to December 2018. Based on the experiences with these closed sessions the course was optimized and started om 14 October 2019 as open online course. From March 2 2020 the participants can start the course at any time. Until January 2022 more than 8000 participants actively enrolled in this course

The core development team has done research about the impact of this massive open online course. In 2022 a paper is published entitled: “The impact of a professional development MOOC on the teaching beliefs of University Science Laboratory Teachers” (Download)

Core development team MOOC

  • Natasa Brouwer (Working Group chair, co-coordinator module 6, University of Amsterdam)
  • Iwona Maciejowska, (coordinator modules 1 and 3, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland),
  • Claire McDonnell (co-coordinator modules 3 and 5, Technical University Dublin, Ireland)
  • Mauro Mocerino (coordinator modules 2 and 4, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
  • Gunther Fleerackers (coordinator modules 5 and 6, University College Leuven-Limburg, Belgium)
  • Nineta Hrastelj Majcen (EuCheMS, EU) (first cycle development)

Total number of involved Working Group members in the development of the MOOC: 33