There were two happy researchers who received the Luleå University of Technologies price for excellent efforts for the benefit of education at the undergraduate and graduate levels from Vice-Chancellor John Sterte during the academic celebration.
– I feel really honored! This is a visible result of my efforts to provide students with a quality education, says Ulrika Bergmark.
Both she and Erik Elfgren highlighted the meeting with the students and the enthusiasm and curiosity that they show as one of the most positive things about teaching. Both have also worked actively to improve teaching.
– We coordinate our labs and lessons so that students get an equal education, but this is something we could develop more. Physics 3 har dozens of teachers every year, one or two of them are often new to the teaching role. I've developed a written teacher's guide that will help us to maintain a steady level, says Erik Elfgren.
Ulrika Bergmark works to increase student participation. In recent years, she has invited the students to plan courses, formulating course assignments and create grading criteria based on course objectives.
– I have also used the student active work of teaching, such as role-play based on the students' own case, illustrations of course content through image or photograph, panel discussions, student-led activities in lessons and even a study group work outside of class.