Introduction to Designing & Teaching in Higher Education

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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 elements. 

1.  Theoretical foundations (3 EC) obligatory
2.  Educational internship (3 or 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. 

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. 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 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 worked 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%). 

The optional element is detailed further on the Osiris page.


The detailed schedule can be found on the Osiris page. 


You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. The optional part is registered separately based on decisions during the obligatory part.


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Optional for students from other programmes

Yes, for all GSLS students.