Please note that this course has concluded, although its content remains available for perusal. You can access the modules by enrolling in the course and clicking the "Modules" tab above; however, it is no longer possible to receive the course badge, the module badges, or the course certificate. Finally, please note that support for this course is no longer provided by the course instructors or the EUN Academy team.


Asking questions is a vital part of any learning process, and within the life sciences there is certainly a lot to explore! Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) is beneficial for many reasons and not only for students, but teachers too.

It is primarily a shift from the mere passing on of information, to the stimulation of students’ curiosity and motivation for them to inquire. IBSE allows students to be in control of their own learning process and acquire knowledge in a more interactive way.

On the other hand, IBSE methodologies give teachers the opportunity to present the curriculum from a new angle and to follow students’ development on a unique scale. This way, Inquiry Based-Teaching makes the classroom a space of curious learning and more flexible teaching.

The Inquiry-Based Teaching in Life Sciences MOOC is meant to enhance life science teachers’ pedagogical competences and practices, and improve their conceptual understanding of life science to help them further establish and disseminate IBSE.

The MOOC will offer a selection of tested classroom activities and resources from a number of European countries to empower life science teachers to introduce IBSE methodologies to students aged 12-19, and help them reflect on their own practices.

In this MOOC, participants will:

  • Experience Inquiry as an adult learner
  • Acquire the skills and confidence to implement Inquiry-Based Teaching in the classroom
  • Learn how to reflect on their own teaching practice
  • Enhance their personal and their students’ conceptual understanding of life sciences
  • Explore various formal and informal assessment approaches for IBSE

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This MOOC is produced under the Amgen Teach project, which is funded by the Amgen Foundation and coordinated by the European Schoolnet. Video contributions and content were provided by the training providers involved in the Amgen Teach project.


List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
12/03/18 10:00
End date
03/10/28 12:14
Module 1: Experience inquiry as a learner Start date
12/03/18 10:00
End date
26/04/28 00:59
Module 2: Implement inquiry in the classroom Start date
19/03/18 10:00
End date
26/04/28 00:59
Module 3: Conceptual understanding of life sciences Start date
26/03/18 10:00
End date
26/04/28 00:59
Module 4: Assessment and inquiry I Start date
03/04/18 12:00
End date
26/04/28 00:59
Module 5: Assessment and inquiry II Start date
09/04/18 12:00
End date
26/04/28 00:59
To enrol in this course you first have to register as a user on the European Schoolnet Academy platform. To register, please click the button below.

Start date

Monday, 12th March 2018


This MOOC will run for 6.5 weeks, with a total of 5 modules (one module per week) and 1.5 extra weeks at the end of the course in order for participants to submit their final course activity and review the activity of three of their peers. The workload estimated is of 3-4 hours/week.

Target audience

Life science teachers (of 12- to 19-year-old students) from Europe and beyond.


You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.

Note to teachers from Castilla y León: Si eres profesor de Castilla y León, y además del certificado de la European Schoolnet Academy, quieres recibir un certificado oficial de parte de la Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Castilla y León inscríbete en este enlace.