As indicated by its name, "Foundations of teaching and learning" forms an important basis for the knowledge and skills you need as a teacher in higher education. Alongside the courses "Working efficiently as a teacher" and "Perspectives on higher education", it is one of the mandatory courses within the ten weeks of university teacher training required for a permanent teaching position at the university. For the other three weeks, you can choose from our optional themed courses.
The application form is open 15 March - 15 August at the latest. NB! The application may close earlier if the course is full. Link to the application form.
In Foundations of teaching and learning, you will work with educational development that puts students' learning at the center. During the course, each participant will develop a learning module, and the final course assignment consists of a reflection on this development work. In the development of the component, legal, pedagogical and didactic aspects should be taken into account, and the course therefore covers national regulations and local governing documents as well as different perspectives on learning, different types of learning activities and different forms of examination.
Presentations, seminars, workshops and reflection exercises are used as forms of study. The teaching is conducted both in whole groups and in small working groups. Course material and course information are published on Örebro University's learning platform. The course is run digitally.
160 h corresponding to 4 weeks of full-time studies or 6 university credits (högskolepoäng). Please note that a passed result on the course only gives credits (högskolepoäng) after formal approval from your department or school.
As the collegial exchange of experiences is an important element of the course, participation in all teaching is mandatory. In the event of an impediment, the participant must contact the course convenor in good time for a discussion about how the learning activity can be carried out or the course content obtained in an alternative way. If the attendance rate is lower than 75%, the participant must retake the course.
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.
FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
Qualifying course in teaching higher education, 4 weeks (Högskolepedagogikens grunder)
1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Örebro University’s courses in academic development have been developed in accordance with recommendations adopted on April 14, 2016 by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) regarding the scope, objectives and eligibility for professional university teacher training in order to facilitate the mutual recognition of courses between institutions. The courses are offered as competence development for faculty members.
During the course, participants work toward the following goals from SUHF for eligibility for teaching higher education:
The participant shall demonstrate the ability to discuss and problematise student learning in the participant’s own subject area, on the basis of research in educational sciences and/or subject didactics of relevance for teaching in higher education
independently and together with others plan, implement and evaluate teaching and assessment in higher education with a scientific, scholarly or artistic basis and within their own area of knowledge
apply relevant national and local rules and regulations, and to discuss society’s objectives for higher education and the academic teaching role in terms of the participant’s own practice and students’ active participation in higher education
collect, analyze and communicate their own and others’ experiences of teaching and learning practices, and relevant outcomes of research, as a basis for the development of educational practice and of the academic profession.
2 ABOUT THE COURSE
The Foundations of Teaching and Learning course equals 160 working hours or four weeks full time study, as decided by the director of the Centre for Academic Development 2021-06-02.
2.1 Course goals
After completing the course participants should be able to
develop a teaching element on the basis of selected pedagogical principles and subject-specific pedagogical considerations, taking into account relevant laws and regulations as well as local policies,
describe, analyze and evaluate various forms of learning activities and assessment practices in relation to established course goals,
identify educational problems and challenges and reflect on possible and sustainable solutions, drawing on academic development theory and research and subject-specific pedagogical considerations,
independently and together with others plan and carry out a learning activity that promotes sustainable learning, and
critically and constructively discuss their own educational and pedagogical positions and choices as well as those of others.
2.2 Course content
In the Foundations of Teaching and Learning course, participants work with academic development focused on student learning. During the course, each participant develops an academic learning moment, and the final assignment is to write a pedagogical reflection on that academic developmental work. The development of the academic learning moment should take into account educational, pedagogical and legal implications, and therefore issues such as national regulations and local governing documents as well as different perspectives on learning, different types of learning activities and different forms of examination will be covered during the course sessions. In addition, there are about 350 pages of compulsory and optional literature that will be available at the start of the course.
A certificate will be presented after satisfactory completion of the course.
3 PRIOR ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
An undergraduate degree or the equivalent.
4 LABELING ACCORDING TO SUB-GOALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT