Local context (specific)
At the University of Naples Federico II students who enroll at the BSc courses in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry provide poor quality laboratory reports. This can be due to lack of clear definition of the intended outcomes of the laboratory courses. On the other hand, also a student low attitude to the critical thinking.
The aim of this user case is to improve the quality of the laboratory reports, teaching the laboratory instructors how to use rubrics in helping students to write a laboratory report. The teachers’ feedbacks will be collected by periodical surveys.
Local educational scope
BSc in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry.
Pre-knowledge / Background of the participating local teaching staff
No specific pedagogical courses are required for the university teachers in Naples. Recently a new project aimed at improving young researchers' knowledge of pedagogical strategies was launched, the FEDERICO Project, focused on general pedagogy, thus non-STEM oriented.
Local CPD goals
Increase the quality of the laboratory reports with the aim of:
1. Developing the critical thinking
2. Developing the scientific attitude
3. Writing technical reports for future research/job activities
Needs defined in STEM-CPD Roadmap
2 define intended learning outcomes in every course they teach
22 use research based teaching methods
12 design laboratory courses
27 organize peer-assessment / peer-feedback in their courses
20 use digital tools in lab courses
15 attend training for lecturers at the university.
6 use students evaluations and the feedback of students to improve courses.
18 giving workshops to other lecturers.
CPD activities at the local university
1. Explaining the importance of the rubric as an assessment and formative tool
2. Development of a rubric
3. Formative assessment of the students
Teaching and learning materials
Example of rubric to be submitted to teachers
Periodical survey of the rubric impact on the students, by online form
The activity should be repeated every year for the new teachers/lab assistants