A common opinion is, that you are either a born teacher or you are not. But effective teaching can be learned. This course supports participants in gaining positive teaching experiences.
- are able to design courses according to recent findings in cognitive sciences
- are able to motivate students and to prompt active learning
- can provide supportive feedback to students
- can deal with different levels of students’ prior knowledge
- have a greater repertoire of how to react in challenging moments in teaching
- reflect and expand their view of their role as teachers
Contents and course structure:
Asynchronous self-study preparation (30 minutes): Your expectations and views on good teaching
In this part of this workshop, we use recent findings in psychology and cognitive sciences for planning courses. In trying new teaching methods and techniques, we will widen the range of possibilities on how to plan and teach courses.
- Criteria of good teaching
- Starting off a course
- Psychology of teaching and learning
- Student engagement techniques
Asynchronous self-study unit (app. 3,5 hours): Course Design
Face-to-Face 2 (online):
This part is devoted to creating a stimulating learning atmosphere. We will discuss your course designs and further improve them.
Providing feedback for students is also an important ingredient to successful learning and professional teaching. We will reflect on and practice how to give feedback in a constructive way.
- Course design
- Providing feedback for students
- Participants‘ issues
Asynchronous self-study unit (app. 2,5 hours): Motivating students, heterogeneous background knowledge, diversity
This part explores ways to gain more confidence in interacting with students and as a teacher. We collect specific ideas for our courses to motivate students. We then reflect on the function of course evaluation and how this can help to improve our teaching continuously. Finally, we either develop strategies for challenging moments in teaching or reflect on good examples of your teaching practice.
- Evaluation: learning about the effects of your teaching
- Motivating students
- Challenging teaching situations or examples of teaching practice
Practical Phase after the workshop (optional):
Linked to this workshop, there is a practical phase that includes peer feedback on your own courses and peer group consultation (2 sessions of 3 hours each, dates will be announced in the seminar). This practical phase is obligatory if you wish to obtain the (wird in neuem Tab geöffnet). Please note, this course can be recognized for your Higher Education Teaching Certificate – Basic Competences, as 36 work units. Higher Education Teaching Certificate
Face-to-face 2 will be held online. For this unit you need an internet-enabled device with both a camera and a microphone. In addition, you must be registered in Moodle at the Technical University of Darmstadt for working on the self-study units.
Target group: Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplines. Initial teaching experience is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.
- Dr. Ulrike Homann | Department of Biology and Center for Education Development and Technology, TU Darmstadt
- Dr. Ira Gawlitzek | University of Mannheim
- Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Thursday, April 27th, 2023 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (online)
- Friday, April 28th, 2023 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (online)
- Thursday, June 1st, 2023 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- + asynchronous self-study units (Moodle)
- S1|21 Ingenium House (Magdalenenstr. 25) Room A105
- + Online via Zoom Pro. You will receive the link to log in to the virtual room via email by your trainers.
Registration: Please fill in the (wird in neuem Tab geöffnet). Ingenium registration form