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Working with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) students on STEM faculties


About This Course

This course aims to enhance the expertise of STEM teachers in supporting students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will address the defining characteristics of ASD and enable participants to understand the major symptoms and their impact on daily life. A short quiz has been developed to assess this understanding.

We will look more in depth at the different perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorders and their potential impact. The course will identify potential challenges that educators may encounter when teaching ASD students. Participants will be challenged to develop strategies and adaptations that can help these students navigate higher education. In addition, participants will be encouraged to provide feedback on the contributions of their fellow students.

This course is a component of the EU-funded project “STEM Continuous Professional Development at European Universities – STEM-CPD @EUni”. Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a corresponding certificate.

Course Staff

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Magdalena Niedbał

Magdalena Niedbał is a psychologist and a trainer with years of experience of working with children and adults in various settings. For years 2020-2022 she worked as an educational advisor in the Disability Support Service at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, focusing especially on ways of supporting students with ASD.

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Iwona Maciejowska

Prof. Iwona Maciejowska, a lecturer and a researcher at the Department of Chemical Education, the head of the Ars Docendi Council at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. An editor, an author and a co-author of books (15), papers (over 100) and courses for chemistry teachers and academic teaching staff eg. MOOC on the Coursera platform "Teaching in university science laboratories. Developing good practice". A co-editor of Chemistry Teacher International journal, an initiator of the biannual European Variety in University Chemistry Education conference.


No special requirements.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • A participant will be able to explain the specifics of autism spectrum disorder, basic ASD symptoms, and their influence on students everyday life and learning.
  • A participant will be able to identify where students with ASD can go for help and what kind of support they can get, as well as if there is a place when lecturers can get support in working with ASD students.
  • A participant will be able to propose strategies and adaptations, which may help students with ASD in their learning process.


STEM educators, ASD support, Higher education strategies