bioCEED’s competance project PRIME (How implementation of PRactice can IMprove relevance and quality in discipline and professional Educations) has as a goal to investigate how increased level of practical experience will increase learning in higher education.  PRIME is a collaboration between bioCEED, Uni Miljø and collaborators in the private and public sector.

A long term goal for PRIME is to evaluate how different teaching methods (with particular focus on practical work) affects the candidates’ career and work opportunities after completing their degree.

Due to PRIME’s work in bioCEED, Dept. of Biology will now offer two new courses specifically targeting practice in education, BIO198 and BIO298:

BIO198 and 298 will give the education and the future more relevant (to the students) through practical work experience in a workplace relevant to biologists. The students will use biological knowledge on work-relevant tasks and get first hand experience as a biologist. The work experience will also highlight the professional knowledge biology provides to the society as a whole as well as specific work environments.

More information of currently available project partners for students as well as general information about BIO198/BIO298 is available here.

PRIME project description available here

Project members:

Torstein Nielsen Hole : PhD

Torstein Nielsen Hole


I am part of the PRIME project and bioCEED. I am responsible for assessing and researching approaches to student learning in practice activities such as the workplace and field-work.

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Anne-Laure Simonelli : Postdoctoral Researcher in pedagogical sciences

Anne-Laure Simonelli

Postdoctoral Researcher in pedagogical sciences

As a Postdoctoral Researcher at bioCEED, I am involved in several projects including PRIME, iSCOPE, bioSKILLS and Teach 2 Learn where I aim to identify, develop and evaluate innovative pedagogical activities in higher education. I focus my research on the perception of transferable skills acquired through different student-active learning activities, including internships and practical experience. Study groups include both students and educators/supervisors, both at university and in the workplace. One part of this research includes the evaluation student awareness of the role they can play in the society when entering the workforce as a biologist. Further, I implement and evaluate the use of digital technologies as learning and teaching tools in different BSc- and MSc-level courses.

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Gaute Velle : Professor II, Project Leader PRIME, Course Leader BIO298

Gaute Velle

Professor II, Project Leader PRIME, Course Leader BIO298

I am adjunct professor at the University of Bergen and research professor in the company Uni Research. I have a wide background of teaching at the university, while my job in Uni Research focuses on mitigation of human impact on aquatic ecosystems. This connection between the university sector and a professional practice as biologist is highly relevant for PRIME and for the internship course BIO298.

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