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Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


Teaching skills are increasingly important when applying for academic positions. In most academic positions you will combine research and teaching activities. Universities thus look for candidates who cover both an excellent research record (or the promise to develop an excellent research profile) but also Teaching experience and/or a formal certificate of teaching skills.

How this Course Works

The course is a "full immersion" in the world of teaching and learning and consists of a pre-course task, a week of half-day workshops, 2 days of micro-teaching sessions and individual exercises on course design to be completed within approximately 4 weeks after the workshop week.It offers a theoretical approach to and practical knowledge of the most important issues that, according to current theories, teachers in higher education should take into consideration. In addition to the presentation of conceptual tools and strategies for good teaching and learning, some time will be allocated to practical exercises. For example, all participants will be asked to give a short lecture or seminar simulation (of 20 minutes) which will be monitored and evaluated by their peers and the trainers.In the session ‘Designing University Teaching’, the drafting of a course proposal will be examined. After the workshop week, the participants will draft a proposal independently and then have it evaluated by their peers. The training is supported by the e-learning platform "Brightspace".

What You Will Learn

At the end of the training course you will

  • have an understanding of the most important theories underlying teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • have acquired the skills to start teaching
  • have a better understanding of the learning & teaching approaches underlying effective course design
  • have understood how different teaching and learning activities can support your teaching and learning objectives

This course will provide you with skills to design a course proposal. Both a course proposal and the Teacher Training certificate should form part of your portfolio when you apply for a teaching position.

Page last updated on 10/11/2023

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