The Engineering Education Research (EER) division carries out research and education in teaching and learning in higher education, and works to enhance the culture of scholarship and teaching and learning of the faculty assembly at Chalmers. The division is also responsible for subject didactics and the placement courses on the Learning and Leadership master’s programme.
EER’s activities consist largely of a mandate from the Vice President of Education and Lifelong Learning, which is worded as follows:
- to offer continuing professional development in teaching and learning in higher education, a diploma worth 15 higher education credits for qualifying courses in accordance with SUHF’s recommended guidelines for teaching staff at universities and institutes of higher education
- to promote a culture of scholarship of teaching and learning, which means that, to the best of their ability and with the resources at their disposal, Chalmers’ teachers develop and evaluate their teaching by means of reflection on their teaching performance, supported by EER and on a scientific basis
- to contribute scientific expertise to a number of pan-Chalmers initiatives such as holding the KUL conference, to the jury for the Chalmers pedagogical prize and to the employment committee in recruitment processes
- to represent Chalmers in various higher educational contexts, for example educational conferences such as SEFI, CDIO, NU, etc. or in educational networks such as NNEER and Nordic5Tech.
A smaller mandate from the Vice President of Research and Research Education is to offer a course in supervision. This course is mandatory for all principal supervisors.
EER conducts practical research in teaching and learning in higher education, applying various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Part of this research is conducted in collaboration with teachers at Chalmers. The fields on which our research focuses include learning for sustainable development, authentic learning environments and ICT (information and communication technology) in teaching.
EER supervises a handful of interdisciplinary doctoral students who (usually after their licentiate thesis) decide to expand their approach and combine engineering science research and educational science research.
Malin Kjellberg, Head of Division