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, though 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. Below I list my activities related to teaching.
This is a completely new interdisciplinary course at the University of Bergen. I lead the project group responsible for designing and running the course. The course will be run for the first time in May to August 2022 on board the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, while the ship sails across the Pacific from Valparaíso to Palau as part of the One Ocean Expedition, and will be on board for the whole four months.
When I started at UiB, I spent some time 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 watch some videos made about the course, and you can check the student posters and papers here. In 2021 Gabriella Ljungström was responsible for the course and in 2022 Natalya Gallo will take over because of my other teaching-related responsibilities.
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 2020-2022 Tom Langbehn has taken over because of my other teaching-related responsibilities.
This course was part of the Bergen Summer Research School 2021, and it was designed for PhD candidates with an interest in sustainable development and life below water. The course was relevant for a broad range of disciplines, and the resultant diversity among the students facilitated reaching the learning outcomes by everyone bringing their own specific expertise to the group. Gabriella Ljungström was leading the course together with me.
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.
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.
Here are my publications on teaching in higher education: