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Facilitating Academic Dialogues
– A tool to strengthen your students' learning


Do you work with first-year students at AU – as an instructor, mentor, teacher, or something else? Then this workshop is for you.

The primary objective of the workshop is to equip instructors/mentors and teachers of first-year students to work with new students' transition to university. This is done through a disciplinary and subject-specific focus on academic study competencies. During the workshop you will learn how to support your students in dealing with and breaking down disciplinary bottlenecks – i.e. disciplinary problems, that need to be solved in order to move on.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course, the participants will have achieved:

  • Knowledge about transitions and disciplinary bottlenecks.
  • Knowledge on facilitating conversations about study competencies and well-being

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Organize the academic meetings and facilitate a dialogue with and between the new students about the special academic issues that are relevant to their particular course / education.
  • Reflect on your own role as an academic role model in the meeting with new students.


At the workshop, teachers and student teachers are prepared to facilitate the academic meetings at their course. We recommend that teachers and student teachers participate together.

In the academic meetings, reflections are based on three phases. These form the basis for the workshop:

  1. Identification of “academic bottlenecks” – where do new students meet challenges in their studies? (Input from both teachers, student teachers and the students themselves)
  2. Reflection on handling the academic bottlenecks – how do new students handle academic challenges? (reflection both individually and in groups)
  3. Renewal of own approach with inspiration from fellow students, student teachers, teacher and AU Studypedia.

The workshop is offered as a part of the project 'Academic Reflection Rooms’.

The project is aimed at first-year students and seeks to increase new students' academic study competencies and their well-being at the study through a disciplinary and subject-specific focus.

The focus is on: What is difficult in the study, why it is difficult and how it can be solved - currently and in the future. What is difficult can have both a general and subject-specific character.

During the semester, a number of meetings are facilitated, in which students teachers and new students participate. At the meetings, the participants work with selected academic challenges, as well as study and learning strategies and techniques. The meetings are organized locally in a collaboration between teachers, student teachers and students. In addition to help plan and facilitate the meetings, the teachers are responsible for supporting a synergy between the academic meetings and the normal teaching – for instance by including aspects from the meeting into the teaching.

Teachers and student teachers participate in the introductory workshop. Here, the format and the academic anchoring and toning is discussed. At the workshop, CED also presents materials and digital resources, which the academic meetings can be based on, and which offer inspiration to solve/renew the approach to the issues.

Dates and registration

Registration deadline: 18 August 2023

Please contact Laura Cordes Felby at lcf@au.dk, if you are prevented from participating on the date of the workshop. 


  • Target group: Student teachers, assistant professors, postdocs, and senior VIP
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Bring: Computer
  • Number of participants: Min. 2, Max. 30
  • Language: The workshop can also be offered in English.
  • Please be aware: We encourage teaching staff to register with their student teachers – in order to create the best possible prerequisites for working in a subject-specific manner at the workshop and to foster synergy between the educator's teaching and the teaching of the student lecturers.

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