Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: BMB508921
Introduction to Designing & Teaching in Higher Education
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB508921
ECTS Credits3 - 9
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. K.J. Koymans
dr. R.A.M. Bouwmeester, MSc
Other courses by this lecturer
dr. R.A.M. de Kleijn
Other courses by this lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. K.J. Koymans
Other courses by this lecturer
dr. K.J. Koymans
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P3_A  (07/02/2022 to 22/04/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Remark18 Feb - 22 Apr 2022, with optional extentions. Register via Osiris Student.
Enrolment periodfrom 01/11/2021 up to and including 28/11/2021
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 24/01/2022 up to and including 21/02/2022
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Obligatory - Theoretical foundations:
At the end of the course the student can:
-    elaborate on the roles and tasks of a teacher and is able to reflect on their own learning with using these roles;
-    design and analyze the constructive alignment of a new and existing educational units in terms of learning outcomes, educational activities, and assessment;
-    choose and design an activating educational component using evidence-based educational study strategies;
-    explain the process of effective student self-regulation and the mechanisms to support student motivation;
-    elaborate on the different forms of online and blended education and accompanying tools supported by the university and can apply at least one of them;
-    give constructive feedback and can support students in requesting and using feedback;
-    explain the characteristics of a good rubric and can apply and improve existing rubrics;
-    formulate (open ended) exam questions accompanied with a specified answering model and relate this to quality criteria for assessment (transparancy, validity, and reliability).

Optional - Educational internship:
At the end of the internship the student can:
-    (re)design, evaluate, and/or advice on a part of a GSLS, BMW, or Biology course;
-    synthesize recent and relevant literature on a specific educational topic;
-    relate the design, evaluation, and/or advice to educational theory and literature;
-    reflect on their own learning process during the internship;
-    collaborate effectively with the internship supervisor, i.e. a course coordinator.
Period (from – till):  18 Febuary 2022 - 22 April 2022 

Dr. Kirsten Koymans, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS (contact person:
Dr. Renske de Kleijn, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS 
Dr. Rianne Bouwmeester, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS 

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 two parts: 
  1. Theoretical foundations (3 EC) obligatory
  2. Educational internship (3-6 EC) optional
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 can be planned more flexible (more or less hours/week) together with your supervisor, depending on your study schedule and supervisor availability. 

Theoretical foundations:
For the Theoretical foundations there are 9 weekly meetings in which educational theories and practical tools are discussed. These three hour meetings are scheduled on Friday morning at 9 o’clock. For each meeting students prepare literature and/or watch video clips (see also literature/study material used). 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. Each meeting is preceded with a preparatory assignment and ended with a processing assignment (together 20% of the final grade). During the meetings, students give mini lectures to each other and work on designing their own educational component. In meeting 8 students give a presentation (20%) on their educational component and how they progressed on their own learning goals 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%).

Educational internship:
Students can decide to extend this elective course with an Educational internship of 3 or 6 EC (2 or 4 weeks). During this internship students can teach a work group, design an educational element for a specific course, write an advice report for a course coordinator, do an educational writing assignment, 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 (80%) and on their internship report by a course teacher (20%).

1.    Friday morning February 18th – 9:00-12:00 
2.    Friday morning February 25th - 9:00-12:00 
3.    Friday morning March 4th – 9:00-12:00 
4.    Friday morning March 11th – 9:00-12:00 
5.    Friday morning March 18th – 9:00-12:00 
6.    Friday morning March 25th – 9:00-12:00 
7.    Friday morning April 1st – 9:00-12:00 
8.    Friday morning April 8th – 9:00-12:00 (presentations) 
No meeting on Friday April 15th
9.    Friday morning April 22nd – 9:00-12:00 (exam) 

Literature/study material used:
For each meeting short scientific papers need to be prepared and/or informative video clips watched. Each meeting is preceded with a preparatory assignment and ended with a processing assignment. 

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

Final result Theoretical Foundations
Test weight1
Minimum grade5.5

1. Theoretical foundations (3 EC) obligatory: Preperatory and processing assignments (20%) Presentation (20%)
Open book exam (60%)

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

Educational Internship (3EC)
Test weight1
Minimum grade5.5

3 EC variant -
Internship report (20%)
Skills internship (80%)

Educational Internship (6EC)
Test weight2
Minimum grade5.5

6 EC variant -
Internship report (20%)
Skills internship (80%)

Kies de Nederlandse taal