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Course module: BMB508920
Introduction to Designing & Teaching in Higher Education
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB508920
ECTS Credits3 - 12
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact persondr. R.A.M. de Kleijn
Contactperson for the course
dr. R.A.M. de Kleijn
Other courses by this lecturer
dr. K.J. Koymans
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (09/11/2020 to 07/02/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Remark12 Feb - 16 Apr 2021, with optional extentions. Register via Osiris Student.
Enrolment periodfrom 14/09/2020 up to and including 27/09/2020
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 26/10/2020 up to and including 27/10/2020
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Theoretical foundations
At the end of the course, students should have a profound understanding of:
  • the roles of a teacher
  • 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
  • transparency, validity, and reliability of assessment
The theoretical foundations can be extended with an internship and/or writing assignment:

Educational Internship
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- (re)design, evaluate, and/or advice on a part of a GSLS, BMW, or Biology course.
- collaborate effectively with the internship supervisor, i.e. a course coordinator.
- relate the design, evaluation, and/or advice to educational theory and literature.
- reflect on their own learning process during the internship.

Educational writing assignment
- The student can search and understand relevant literature on a specific educational topic.
- The student can synthesize recent and relevant literature on a specific educational topic.
- The student can write a scientific paper (review/opinion piece/12 tips/when I say/etc), with at least 8-16 references, on a specific educational topic.
Period (from – till):  12 Febuary 2021 - 16 April 2021, end date optional internship/paper 1 July 2021

Dr. Renske de Kleijn, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS 50%
Dr. Rianne Bouwmeester, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS 30%
Heleen van Ravenswaaij MSc, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS 10%
Dr. Kirsten Koymans, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS 10%

Course description
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. 
  1. Theoretical foundations (3 EC) obligatory
  2. Educational internship (3-6 EC) optional
  3. Educational writing assignment (1.5-3 EC) optional
Obligatory part:
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%).

Optional parts:
Educational internship
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%).

  1. Friday morning 12 Feb
  2. Friday morning 19 Feb
  3. Friday morning 26 Feb
  4. Friday morning 5 March
  5. Friday morning 12 March
  6. Friday morning 19 March
  7. Friday morning 26 March
No meeting on Friday 2 April
  1. Friday morning April 9
  2. Friday morning April 16

Literature/study material used
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.
You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
The optional parts are registered separately based on decisions during the obligatory part.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, for all GSLS students.

Prerequisite knowledge
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Group work

Peer supervision meeting



Small-group session

Test weight20
Minimum grade6

1. Theoretical foundations (3 EC) obligatory
a. Assignment 20%
b. Presentation 20%
c. Open book prelim 60%

2. Educational internship (3-6 EC) optional
Choose Paper 1 (3 EC) or Paper 2 (6 EC).

3. Educational writing assignment (1.5-3 EC) optional
Chooce Written project 1 (1.5 EC) or Written project 2 (3 EC).

Open book prelim
Test weight60
Minimum grade5.5

Paper 1
Test weight0
Minimum grade5.5

Paper 2
Test weight0
Minimum grade5.5

Test weight20
Minimum grade6

Written project 1
Test weight0
Minimum grade5.5

Written project 2
Test weight0
Minimum grade5.5

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