When pursuing a career in academia, you will most likely also be confronted with teaching activities at some point in time. This course will give you the opportunity to explore whether teaching in higher education is something that has your interest.
This elective course consists of three elements.
Important: this is a part-time course that can be taken together with other study components. The studyload for the theoretical part is approximately 8 hours per week. The educational internship and writing assignment can be planned more flexible (more or less hours/week) together with your supervisor, depending on your study schedule and supervisor availability.
- Theoretical foundations (3 EC) obligatory
- Educational internship (3-6 EC) optional
- Educational writing assignment (1.5-3 EC) optional
For the Theoretical foundations
there are 9 weekly meetings in which educational theories and practical tools are discussed. These two hour meetings are scheduled on Friday morning at 10 o’clock.
For each meeting students prepare literature and watch video clips (see also Literature/study material used). The workload per meeting is approximately 8 hours.
The meetings concern themes such as teaching roles, constructive alignment, the design of an educational meeting, evidence-based educational design strategies, motivation and self-regulation, online and blended education, giving and using feedback, rubrics, and transparency, validity, and reliability of assessment. During the meetings, students teach a small learning activity to their peers and reflect on this (20%) and in meeting 8 students give a presentation (20%) on what they have learned during the course. To conclude the Theoretical foundations, during the final meeting an open book exam, encompassing the content of the meetings, will be held (60%).
Students can decide to extend this elective course with an Educational internship
of 3 or 6 EC (2 or 4 weeks). During such internship students can teach a work group, design an educational element for a specific course, write an advice report for a course coordinator, etc. Preferable these internships take place in dyads and in a successfully completed course from GSLS, Biology, or BMW. There will be pre-defined internships, but students are also free to find an internship assignment independently. For the internship students are assessed by their internship supervisor on their practical work (60%) and on their internship report by a course teacher (40%).
Educational writing assignment
Students can also decide to extend the elective course with an individual Educational writing assignment
for 1.5 or 3 EC (1 or 2 weeks). They can choose any educational topic. Every student provides feedback to another student on a draft version (20%), writes a feedback report on how peer and teacher feedback on the draft were used (20%), and is assessed on the final paper (60%).
No meeting on Friday 2 April
- Friday morning 12 Feb
- Friday morning 19 Feb
- Friday morning 26 Feb
- Friday morning 5 March
- Friday morning 12 March
- Friday morning 19 March
- Friday morning 26 March
Literature/study material used
- Friday morning April 9
- Friday morning April 16
For each meeting 1-3 short scientific papers need to be prepared, as well as watching 1-3 informative video clips. For some meetings a small additional preparatory assignment is given.