UNIS launches its first internship course for Arctic Biology students

Photo: Simen Hjelle
AB-208 students eager to start on the new course

This spring semester, UNIS runs the AB-208 course “Internship in Arctic Biology” for bachelor students for the first time. The course aims at giving students the possibility to get knowledge and skills not easily obtained in class-room settings. It has been developed in close collaboration and with help from the internship course BIO298 run at UiB (https://bioceed.w.uib.no/biopraksis/; bioCEED PRIME project).

The course developed at UNIS is longer than the one run at UiB. Worth 15 ECTS, it includes a rather long internship of 240 hours. While the student’s main task will be doing hard work for and with locals employers, the course also involves participation to seminars and reflection and documentation of their internship experience. All students will write and share blog-posts online, and if you are interested in reading about their journey, they will be available at https://blog.learningarcticbiology.info/, with the first batch of blogs being posted around February, 3rd.

Welcome to our new student representatives at BIO and UNIS!

Ingrid Oline Tveranger (BIO) and Ørjan Vabø (AB, UNIS) are our new student representatives in bioCEED this semester. Ingrid Oline is a 22 years old post bachelor student in molecular biology at the University of Bergen. Her plan is to proceed in this field, taking a master in molecular biology. During her bachelor she have been very active in the student organizations, particularly working for a better student environment, both socially and academically. She will join in together with Sondre Olai Spjeld who has been a student representative in the past few months in Bergen.

Ørjan will join in together with Ingvild Lande Sørensen who will also continue this semester as a student representative. Ørjan is doing his last year of a bachelor´s program in Biology at UiB, but is currently enrolled in a semester at UNIS. His main interests have always been the ocean and marine biology. He is doing Arctic Marine Biology and Arctic Environmental Management at UNIS, which he thinks is an amazing opportunity to get to know the Arctic region. He has some teaching experience himself, from elementary school and field work with elementary schools with Naturvernforbundet, and he has also spent time in New Zealand at University of Otago.

Biology students at work: Using blogs to investigate personal epistemologies.

Torstein Nielsen Hole, Gaute Velle, Hanne Riese, Arild Raaheim and Anne Laure Simonelli have written an article about learning in work placements among biology students. To investigate learning they have focused on personal epistemologies. That is, students’ accounts of learning and knowing. Students have written about their learning experiences in blogs; using student blogs as a data source for epistemologies is quite novel. Further, this emphasizes the value of blogs as a tool to foster student reflection through assessment. On the basis of their analysis, they conceptualize how students’ personal epistemologies develop in work placements through interactions with various contexts, dispositions and conceptual and procedural knowing. For further details on the work placement course itself, see this paper by Velle et al.


The “Species” Concept as a Gateway to Nature of Science

Jorun Nyléhn, Associate Professor at bioCEED and BIO, and colleagues have recently published the article “The “Species” Concept as a Gateway to Nature of Science.” in Science & Education.

Understanding how science works has become a primary goal in education, as it connects to critical thinking and the foundations of knowledge. This includes the more complex and overarching topics like evolutionary biology. In this recently published paper from the Department of Biosciences, UiB and the Department of Teacher Education and School Research, UiO, the potential of using species concepts as a means to increase the knowledge of the science of biology is investigated. The article focus on the most common species concepts in science, includes aspects from the philosophy and nature of science, and four recommendations for teaching biology are given.

New episode of NOKUT-podden on “students who teach”, including an interview with Sehoya Cotner

Here comes the latest edition of NOKUT-podden (NOKUT’s podcast on higher education which topic is “Students who teach” and to which Sehoya Cotner, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota and Professor II at bioCEED) was invited to participate.

There is much to learn from this NOKUT-podden, especially if you understand Norwegian.