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 (Rerun) 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.

The live event in this MOOC is titled Inquiring into classroom assessment practices and takes place in Module 5 on 7 May at 17:00 CEST. Two experts on inquiry-based learning, Sophia Mansori and Eilish McLoughlin, talk about assessment practices in science education, how inquiry-based approaches benefit student’s learning, the purposes of classroom-based assessment and more.
More details can be found in upcoming course emails and in Module 5.

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This MOOC was produced and is updated and rerun 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 training providers Science2School, Jeunesses Scientifiques de Belgique, Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze, Fondation La Main a la Pate, Professional Development Service for Teachers, Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti di Scienze Naturali, Warszawskie Centrum Innowacji Edukacyjno-Społecznych i Szkoleń, Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació, Development Workshop (DW).


List of modules

Course Introduction
Module 1: Experience inquiry as a learner Module 1: Experience inquiry as a learner
Module 2: Implement inquiry in the classroom Module 2: Implement inquiry in the classroom
Module 3: Conceptual understanding of life sciences Module 3: Conceptual understanding of life sciences
Module 4: Assessment and inquiry I Module 4: Assessment and inquiry I
Module 5: Assessment and inquiry II Module 5: Assessment and inquiry II
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, 9th April 2019


The course lasts 6.5 weeks and is divided into 5 modules, one module per week with 1.5 extra week to complete the final learning activity and the peer review activity. We will be opening a new module every Tuesday and all modules will remain open until the end of the course.

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 Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as 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.