Effective Teaching – Fundamentals (April 26th-27th + May 31st-June 1st + July 12th-13th 2021)


Enhancing and guiding students’ learning processes

Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.

Learning objectives: Participants…

  • 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 previous 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

Face-to-Face 1:

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:

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

Face-to-Face 3:

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 Higher Education Teaching Certificate.

Technical Preparation:

For the face-to-face units, 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.

Please note, this course can be recognized for your Higher Education Teaching Certificate, as 32 work units in Module 1.

Target group: Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplines. Initial teaching experience is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.


  • Dr. Annette Glathe | Center for Education Development and Technology, TU Darmstadt
  • Dr. Karla Pfützenreuter | Educational Development Trainer
  • Dr. Ira Gawlitzek | University of Mannheim


  • Monday, April 26th, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Monday, May 31st, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Monday, July 12th, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 13th, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • + 3 asynchronous self-study units, starting April 16th, 2021 (Moodle)


  • Online via Zoom Pro
  • You will receive the link to log in to the virtual room via email by your trainers.

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:


Important information for registration

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.

The following applies only to trainings in the qualification programme:

  • The registration form must be signed by your supervisor or adviser.
  • You can register for up to five events per programme.
  • Please send your registration as a scanned pdf version by e-mail. Alternatively, you may also send the registration by internal mail.


Child Care during events

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