Foundations of Teaching Science and Engineering

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Foundations of Teaching Science and Engineering

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Foundations of Teaching Science and Engineering
The course Foundations of Teaching Science and Engineering is an online class provided by École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne through edX. The skill level of the course is Advanced. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
This MOOC is designed to help doctoral teaching assistants develop their teaching skills in scientific and engineering disciplines at university level. The MOOC will address what to do when you teach as well as explaining why these approaches work.
Course description
Some people think that teaching is simply a matter of knowing the content material and having the right kind of personality and experience.  In fact, research evidence suggests that people can become effective teachers if they learn: the content of their discipline the different ways students learn this content and the problems they face with it how to manage learning in practice in a classroom. This MOOC focuses on the second and third of these elements. The ways in which students learn in science and engineering programs, and the problems they typically face, have been the subject of a great deal of research in the last two decades.  This MOOC is based on that research evidence and is designed to clarify the ways in which teaching assistants can help students to maximise their learning in university-level programmes.Teaching is a hands-on activity and to learn how to teach you will need practical experience.  Alongside such practical experience, this MOOC will be able to help you understand what strategies are likely to be appropriate and why, and will also give you some guidance on when and where to use them.  While classroom experience will undoubtedly be valuable, this MOOC can give you the knowledge to be able to plan and evaluate your own teaching and to make good decisions in the classroom. In this MOOC we have tried to practice what we preach.  You will find, therefore, that in addition to watching videos you will be encouraged to take notes, to sometimes stop the video and complete thinking tasks, and to test your own recall and understanding of the material using quiz questions.  We would encourage you to use these opportunities to learn but also to reflect upon them and to ask yourself if you could do something similar in your own teaching.  The MOOC is designed to be self-paced – there are no set deadlines and you can complete the whole MOOC in a time frame that suits you.

Prerequisites & Facts

Foundations of Teaching Science and Engineering

Course Topic

Education and Teacher Training, Science, Social Sciences

University, College, Institution

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Course Skill Level

Advanced

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

Foundations of Teaching Science and Engineering

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (50.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Topic: Education and Teacher Training, Science, Social Sciences
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