A practical introduction to teaching

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A practical introduction to teaching is an optional theme course and is very useful for academic staff who not yet have required much experience in teaching at university level.

Application

The application form is open 15 October - 15 January at the latest. NB! The application may close earlier if the course is full.  Link to the application form.


 

A practical introduction to teaching is a hands-on, practical introduction to teaching in higher education. The course will demonstrate and let you practice student-oriented ways of lecturing and holding seminars, labs or tutorials. It will also give practical advice on dealing with challenging situations in the classroom and disruptive students, and give you guidance on using digital tools in your teaching and assessment with the student's learning in focus. The course is aimed at colleagues new to teaching in higher education, but more experienced teachers looking for inspiration and new ideas are also welcome to apply. 

80 h corresponding to 2 weeks full-time studies.

In order to be eligible you need a complete academic degree of at least bachelor's level. Applicants are offered a place on the course on a first-come, first-served basis provided a complete application has been submitted which the applicant’s head or director has approved. Note that the application may close before the deadline if the course fills up. In case of too few applicants the course may be cancelled. 

A practical introduction to teaching

Qualifying course for teachers in higher education, 2 weeks
(Praktisk pedagogik för nya lärare)

1 GENERAL INFORMATION


Örebro University’s programme of courses on learning and teaching in higher
education has been developed in accordance with the recommendations by the
Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) with respect to
the extent, goals and entry requirements for qualifying courses for teachers in
higher education. These were approved on 14 April 2016, among other things
to facilitate mutual recognition of courses between universities. At Örebro
University these courses are offered as staff development training.

On A practical introduction to teaching, participants are working with the
following of SUHF’s recommended learning outcomes for qualifying courses for
teachers in higher education:

Participants should

  • be able to discuss and problematise students’ learning within their own
    subject area based on educational and/or subject-specific research relevant to
    teaching at university,
  • independently, and together with others, be able to plan, carry out and
    evaluate teaching and examination on a scientific or artistic basis within
    their own subject area,
  • be able to meet students in an inclusive manner and have knowledge of
    regulations and support for students with disabilities, and
  • show a reflected approach to one’s own academic teaching, one’s
    relationship with the students and the values of higher education, such as
    democracy, internationalisation, gender equality, equal treatment and
    sustainability.


2 ABOUT THE COURSE

A practical introduction to teaching equates 80 hours of work, i.e. two weeks of
full-time study, and was approved by the Director of the Centre for Academic
Development on 24 June 2019.

2.1 Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants should be able to

  • design and lead student-oriented teaching activities, and
  • critically reflect on colleagues’ teaching activities from a student-centred
    perspective.

2.2 Course description

A practical introduction to teaching demonstrates and lets you practice studentoriented ways of lecturing and holding seminars, labs or tutorials. It also offers
practical advice on dealing with challenging situations in the classroom and
disruptive students, and gives you guidance on using digital tools in your
teaching and assessment with students’ learning in focus. The course is aimed at
colleagues new to teaching in higher education, but more experienced teachers
looking for inspiration and new ideas are also welcome to apply.

2.3 Modes of study

This course will use presentations, seminars, group discussions and workshops
as modes of study. The teaching will take place in both larger and smaller
groups. Course material and information about the course will be posted on
Örebro University’s learning platform.

2.4 Mandatory attendance

As the collegial exchange of experiences and knowledge is an important element
of the course, participation in all scheduled teaching is compulsory. If prevented
from attending a scheduled sessions, the participant should contact the course
convenor to discuss how to make up for the missed session. At an attendance
rate lower than 80%, the participant needs to retake the course.

2.5 Assessment

The course will be assessed by a practical teaching activity, structured feedback
on a colleague’s teaching and a written plan of a teaching activity.

A practical introduction to teaching is assessed using the grades U (Fail) and G
(Pass). In case of a failed result, the participant is entitled to re-assessment for
up to two years after the time for the ordinary assessment.

2.6 Reading list

There is no compulsory reading for this course. Suggestions for optional reading
will be posted on the course site on the learning platform.

2.7 Course certificate

A certificate will be issued on completion of the course.

3 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A university degree.

4 GOALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH WHICH THE
COURSE ENGAGES

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Read the courseplan as a pdf document. 

Course dates for the spring semester 2022

Tuesday 25 January, 9.15-15.00
Tuesday 1 February, 9.15-15.00
Tuesday 8 February, 9.15-15.00
Tuesday 15 February, 9.15-15.00
Thursday 17 February, 9.15-15.00

 

Employees at Örebro University:
800 sek/week excluding VAT
Total cost: 1 600 sek excluding VAT

External applicants:
2 000 sek/week excluding VAT
Totalt: 4 000 sek excluding VAT

The course fee will be invoiced after the deadline for registration for the course. In the event of cancellation after the last day of registration or an interruption of the course, no refund will be made. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, feel free to contact us at This is an email address.

Course convenor Stefan Karlsson can answer question regarding course content 
Direct: 019-30 10 07, email: This is an email address

For questions regarding practical issues such as the application, location, invoicing, please contact Anna Asplund at This is an email address or telephone 019-30 37 84.