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Learn STEM: Pedagogical innovations for STEM education

About This Course "Learn STEM: Pedagogical innovations for STEM education"

This open online course will introduce you to pedagogical innovations for STEM education first. We will present the Pedagogical Model Learn STEM that was developed in European collaboration of researchers, school teachers and headmasters. It is based on the Mixed Methods research by the Learn STEM consortium coordinated by the Open University of the Netherlands. Furthermore, you will explore practical tools for innovative STEM education. This online course will take four weeks with live online meetings for discussions. And at the end, it will include an opportunity to define and select a related project with online collaboration and follow up in small groups.

That is a unique opportunity: We are combining a live Online course and an Online community!
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The course will be offered in combination with an online community. The online community will allow you to connect with all other teachers and headmasters interested in innovative STEM education. You can build your personal network, share experiences and latest news as well as discuss practical questions and implementations. You decide if you prefer to define and create your personal network or to select and join an existing network at local, regional or global level.

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We are looking forward to our online communication and collaboration!

Learning Objectives

In the live Online Course you will develop a general understanding of the concept of innovative STEM education and get insights in Pedagogical Model Learn STEM and practical tools that underpin it. In the first week, you will study innovative STEM learning with a special focus on the usage and application of the Pedagogical Model developed by Learn STEM in close collaboration with many teachers and headmasters. Furthermore, you will get in the second week a more in-depth view of innovative learner-centered STEM education including three practical examples and tasks for self-regulated problem-based learning by pupils in group work. In the third week of this course, you will also learn about teacher-centered STEM education focusing the need for repeated instructions and training. Finally, you will be able in the fourth week to form and underpin your own opinion on how to use, adapt and design innovative STEM assessment. Afterwards, you can explore and discuss with the other online learners to define small follow-up projects for further collaboration.


There are no prerequisites or requirements of competences, skills or knowledge for you to take this course: You only need internet access and interest in the topic!

Course Staff

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Dr. Christian M. Stracke

Dr. Christian M. Stracke is Associate Professor for Open Education and ICDE Chair in OER at the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands (OUNL). As an internationally recognized expert and innovator, his main working fields are Open Education, technology-enhanced learning, educational policies and philosophy, learning innovations and quality, impact assessment and competence modelling. He holds a PhD in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and a Magister Artium (M.A.) in Educational Sciences from the University of Bonn (Germany).

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Dr. Irene T. Skuballa

Dr. Irene T. Skuballa is Assistant Professor for learning sciences at the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands (OUNL). She focuses on cognitive aspects of learning and their links to successful teaching. Her further interests include the study of eye movements underlying learning in authentic environments such as classrooms. In order to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of learning processes, she employs mixed-method approaches to examine the perspective of both learners and teachers.

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Wim Simoens

Wim Simoens is a M.Sc. Engineering and also has the degree of Edu. Sc. Teacher Qualification, Postgraduate Languages and Postgraduate School Management. He is specialised in the implementation of quality development and innovation in educational organisations. Since 2018 he is the director of the Eekhout Academy. This institution is the teachers’ training centre of the University of Leuven (campus Kulak Kortrijk), the University of Applied Sciences VIVES and the Pedagogical Body of the network of the Catholic Education of Flanders. It acts as interface between the academic world and education.

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Jo Desutter

Jo Desutter is a M.Sc. Engineering and also has the degree of Edu. Sc. Teacher Qualification. He is specialised in STEM education and project-based learning approaches. Since 2014, he is supporting schools and teachers as a pedagogical advisor for secondary education in Flanders (BE). Inspiring teachers in STEM education, encouraging teams of teachers in realising the curriculum, training teachers and supporting the school staff in organizing STEM education are some of the task.

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Joke Lippens

Joke Lippens is lecturer at the Vives college university of applied sciences in West Flanders, Belgium. She teaches at the Vives Education department and is an education expert in the working field of STEM and related methods and techniques. In addition, she is researcher in the sector of teaching policies and innovations. Mainly due to her hands-on experience and project-oriented research she manages to motivate her students to acquire the necessary skills and competences for the education of tomorrow.

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