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Course module: BMB508921
Introduction to Designing & Teaching in Higher Education
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB508921
ECTS Credits3 - 9
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personR.A.M. Bouwmeester, PhD
Course contact
R.A.M. Bouwmeester, PhD
Other courses by this lecturer
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  (14/11/2022 to 05/02/2023)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Remark17 Nov 2022 - 26 Jan 2023, with optional extentions. Register via Osiris Student. Max 8 min 12 students
Enrolment periodfrom 19/09/2022 up to and including 02/10/2022
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Additional informationYou will be enrolled for this course by administration of the programme of this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 24/10/2022 up to and including 25/10/2022
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
Obligatory - Theoretical foundations:
At the end of the course the student:
-    can describe and implement the six evidence-based educational study strategies;
-    can evaluate and design the constructive alignment of educational units;
-    can describe and design the elements of an activating educational element;
-    can explain, analyse and design the process of effective student self-regulation;
-    can explain, analyse and design the mechanisms to support student motivation;
-    can elaborate on how educational theory can be applied to online education;
-    can analyse constructive feedback and knows how to support students in asking and using feedback;
-    is able to formulate exam questions accompanied with a specified answering model;
-    can evaluate the reliability, validity and transparency of an assessment.

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;
-    can synthesize recent and relevant literature on a specific educational topic;
-    can relate the design, evaluation, and/or advice to educational theory and literature;
-    can reflect on their own learning process during the internship;
-    can collaborate effectively with the internship supervisor, i.e. a course coordinator.
Period (from – till):  17 November 2022 - 26 January 2023  Course has been discontinued

Dr. Rianne Bouwmeester, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS  (contact person: 
Dr. Renske de Kleijn, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS 
Dr. Kirsten Koymans, UMCU, Onderwijscentrum, BMS
MSc. Anne-Roos Verbree, 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 Thursday 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. The course coordinator is able to help students finding an internship, 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.    Thursday morning November 17th – 9:00-12:00 – on campus
2.    Thursday morning November 24th - 9:00-12:00 - online
3.    Thursday morning December 1st – 9:00-12:00 - online 
4.    Thursday morning December 8th – 9:00-12:00 - online
5.    Thursday morning December 15th – 9:00-12:00 - online
6.    Thursday morning December 22nd – 9:00-12:00 -online
No meetings on Thursday December 29th and January 5th
7.    Thursday morning January 12th – 9:00-12:00 -online
8.    Thursday morning January 19th – 9:00-12:00 (presentations) -on campus
9.    Thursday morning January 26th – 9:00-12:00 (exam) – on campus

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%)

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