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Paper on Online Course to Improve University Laboratory Teaching Practice

Online course to improve university laboratory teaching practice, a paper exploring the possibilities of an online course on teaching in laboratory classes, has been recently published. This paper relates to the work of the ECTN working group Lecturing Qualifications and Innovative Teaching Methods, which is developing an online course on teaching in laboratory classes entitled “Developing best practice in university laboratory education”. The course is targeted at relatively in experienced university teachers and will first launch a Small Private Online Course (SPOC), which after an initial trial period, will be made open and more massive (MOOC). In this paper, the argumentation for the chosen content of the course is given based on the inquiry among university teachers and students, the structure of the course and its component modules are described and the course design is briefly discussed. Among others, the paper is authored by Iwona Maciejowska, Chair of EuCheMS Division on Chemical Education, and Nineta Hrastelj, EuCheMS General Secretary.