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Accelerate Your Teaching MOOC


Welcome to the MOOC Accelerate Your Teaching MOOC: Research Facilities to Support STEM Education

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The Accelerating Teaching MOOC aims to support teachers in organizing learning experiences centred around particle accelerators for their students. Immersive modules provide participants with an opportunity to explore the wide range of applications and concepts related to accelerators as well as inspire teachers to use stories from large facilities across Europe in their classrooms. Educators will engage in discussions about pedagogical approaches and socially relevant content for STEM interdisciplinary teaching.

You can follow the course at your own pace. We will open one module at the beginning of each week, but there are only a few deadlines you need to pay attention to (those for the quizzes and/or the peer-review activity).

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Learning objectives

  • Understand the value of large facilities such as CERN in providing a context for your STEM teaching
  • Learn how to engage students in modern science research through free digital tools
  • Gain a well-rounded understanding of how particle accelerators work, are used in society and how they contribute to modern research in all STEM subjects
  • Discover different educational methodologies that stimulate students’ analytical and critical thinking skills, collaboration, communication, and active participation competencies.


This course is relevant to Lower and Upper Secondary (ages 12-19) teachers coming from all subjects who are interested in how science works in the 21st century. This MOOC will help teachers transform their lessons by bringing real current stories of people and applications of physics and chemistry into their teaching.


  • Module 1: Introduction to Accelerate Your Teaching MOOC opens on 16/10/2023
  • Module 2: The Science Behind Large Research Facilities opens on 23/10/2023
  • Module 3: Accelerating Society: From Home-based Investigations to Massive Collaborations opens on 30/10/2023
  • Module 4: The Future of Particle Accelerators opens on 06/11/2023


In order to earn a course certificate, course participants need to submit a Learning Scenario and review 3 of their peers' Learning Scenarios, which will count for 100%. The overall passing grade is 95%.

The final deadline to complete all activities is 22 November 2023, 23:59 CET.

Important notice: If you have completed this MOOC and you want to become a Scientix Ambassador, please read more details about the Call and the application procedure here:

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Note to teachers from Emilia-Romagna: Per i docenti della regione Emilia-Romagna iscritti alla piattaforma regionale è possibile ottenere, oltre all’attestato rilasciato da European Schoolnet Academy, anche l’attestato rilasciato dall’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per l'Emilia-Romagna (Servizio Marconi) che attua un'azione di facilitazione ed accompagnamento a questa attività. Maggiori informazioni al link:

Note to teachers from Ireland: It may be possible to count the completion of this course as part fulfilment of any discretionary CPD hours, subject to your school management's approval. Therefore, please enquire with your school management if your participation in this course can be formally recognised. 

Course Staff

Miriam Molina - Course Coordinator

(Early Years Education / Project Coordination and Pedagogy) works as a Project and Pedagogical Coordinator in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). Miriam oversees the day-to-day coordination of the Life Terra and Accelerating Teaching projects. She supports Scientix and the NBS EduWORLD project in coordinating and developing teachers’ training activities.

Michalina Partyga - Course Coordinator

Michalina Partyga works as a Project Officer in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). Michalina assists with the Life Terra and Accelerating Teaching projects where she coordinates teachers’ activities, designs MOOCs, and organizes professional development activities for teachers. She also supports Scientix Ambassadors and STEM School Label.

Marina Tomara - Course Moderator

Marina is a secondary school science teacher, with almost twenty years of teaching experience and currently the head of school at Lower Secondary School of Kouvaras in Greece. She received her PhD from the Department of Communication & Media Studies at University of Athens in Greece, working on Augmented Reality design and development of science learning experiences. She also holds a MEd in Information and Communication Technologies for Education, an MSc in Electronics & Radioelectrology and a BSc in Physics. Her professional interests include innovative, digitally enhanced practices in science education and she is passionate about hands-on, playful science learning.

Behind the course

Accelerating Teaching is founded to deliver a massive online open course (MOOC) where teachers can use self-directed learning to increase their knowledge and understanding of the role of large research facilities in 21st century research, and specifically on how accelerator-based facilities are used by researchers to increase knowledge.

Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.



This course has received funding from the European Union– project Accelerated Teaching (Agreement number: 2022-1-SE01-KA220-SCH-000089631). It is also supported by Scientix, the community for Science education in Europe, coordinated by European Schoolnet. The content of this document is the sole responsibility of the organizer. It does not represent the opinion of the European Union, and the European Union is not responsible for any use that might be made of the information contained within.

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