A big part of my post-PhD career has been in research institutes without teaching responsibilities, which means that before starting in August 2018 as an associate professor in Fisheries Science at UiB, I had mostly just been a guest lecturer on diverse courses, thought I did have responsibility for some teaching while I was working on my PhD. Nevertheless, now my position is 50% teaching, and I really enjoy interacting with the students and other teachers. Here is a list of my activities related to teaching.
SDG214 – UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water
When I started at UiB, I was thinking about what I would like to teach, what was missing from the teaching portfolio, and whether there was overlap between those two. Yes there was, and I designed a course focusing on SDG14. The course was run first time on 2019 and it was a success! You can see some videos made about the course here, and you can check the student posters and papers here.
BIO325 – Ocean Science: North Sea cruise module
Ocean Science is a 20 ECTS course spanning the whole autumn semester, and I have gotten the responsibility for a week-long teaching cruise across the North Sea on a proper research vessel. When I took over, I redesigned the module quite heavily, adding student-lead research projects in collaborative teams where they present their research plans and after the survey their results, competence demonstrations, mini-oral exams and small presentations as a means of assessment as learning. The student feedback was positive. In 2020 Tom Langbehn has taken over because of my other teaching-related responsibilities.
Bergen Summer Research School – Science and Society towards the Sustainable Development Goals
I am the scientific director of the Bergen Summer Research School organised in late spring 2021. Here you can see a video where I introduce my ideas for the summer school.
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TeLEd) research group
I am a primary member of the TeLEd research group, which has the main goal to contribute to the development of a quality culture by stimulating Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) activities, within and across departments and faculties, by engaging in collaborative research on existing and novel teaching, learning, and assessment practices.
Bærekraftskollegiet – Sustainability Education Collective
Ever since I started at UiB, I have been pushing for a forum where all the teachers doing sustainability education could meet, interact, and learn from each other. This has now become reality, and I am currently chairing this group. You can read a news item here.