Competence development from lab work and fieldwork

Online seminar on March 8, 2021

SIG “Laboratory and Field Work Learning” under Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education (DUN)

In this seminar, we will discuss broadly the learning outcomes associated with learning in laboratory work and field work in university settings. Based on a recent systematic review, Hendra Agustian and Maja Ingerslev Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) will describe generally what research tells us about outcomes of laboratory learning. Then two international scholars – Marcy Towns (Purdue University) and Alan Marvell (University of Gloucestershire) will provide perspectives on aspects of competence development in lab work and field work. In the final panel debate, a group of experts will discuss the function and potentials of lab work and field work in higher education settings in dialogue with the participants.

The format

Each presentation will be about 20 min followed by group discussions in breakout rooms. During the group discussions, each group will write comments and questions for the presenters in a shared document. After the breakout sessions, the chair of the Q&A will choose a few questions to bring up in plenum for the presenter. The remaining comments and questions will be guiding the panel discussion at the end of the seminar.

The programme

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Sign up

Registration is necessary. Sign up via our form.
Deadline is Wednesday, 3 March 2021.
Participation is free of charge.

The event is for everyone interested in the didactic development of practical work at university level.

The event will be hosted on Zoom. Registered participants will receive a link a few days prior to the event.


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The seminar is hosted by the Special Interest Group (SIG) “Laboratory and Fieldwork Learning” under Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education.

The programme is coordinated at the University of Copenhagen by Frederik Voetmann Christensen, Department of Science Education, and by Ida Rasmussen, Department of Pharmacy.