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HEALTH: The Reflective Teacher


The course blends online with face-to-face teaching and is about the role of the teacher in student-centred teaching. Upon completion of the blended learning course, participants will have acquired knowledge, skills and competences on pedagogical principles pertaining to being a university teacher who can reflect on his/her own and colleagues’ teaching practice. Participants will during the course develop and complete first draft of a personal teaching portfolio on teaching qualifications that can be used in appointments for future academic positions. Furthermore, they will acquire knowledge about strategies to evaluate teaching with the aim of applying a student-centred approach in teaching and creating alignment between the different elements and phases of teaching. A learning diploma is given upon satisfactory completion of the course as well as an e-booklet with the course content. 

Learning outcome

  • Describe the characteristics of student-centred teaching and learning.
  • Describe the characteristics of reflective practice of teaching.
  • Identify, evaluate and reflect on teaching elements in their own teaching in order to enhance student learning.
  • Provide peer-feedback in teaching.
  • Plan, conduct and evaluate a specified lesson including give reasons for learning outcomes, student activities and teacher role in the lesson.
  • Develop a first draft towards a teaching portfolio.        


This is a blended learning course in university teaching and learning which lays the foundation for reflective teachers at PhD-level and towards assistant professor from all health science disciplines. The course content features the following topics:

  • Constructive alignment
  • Active learning
  • Student-centred teaching
  • Learning outcomes
  • Educational IT
  • Feedback
  • Evaluation
  • Teaching portfolio

Supplemental information

The course is designed as a blended learning approach with a combination of out-of-class online learning and in-class face-to-face teaching. It is estimated to last about 24 hours distributed over six weeks (4x4 hours in-class seminars, approx. and approx. 8 hours structured asynchronous online learning activities). The activities will consist of a mix of reading materials, watching videos, producing texts and models, participating in individual as well as group activities in-class and out-of-class, developing lesson plan and teaching portfolio as well as giving peer-feedback. To complete the course and receive ECTS credit and diploma it is mandatory to be active online, and complete all activities (including peer-feedback and portfolio) and respect the activity deadlines. 

Your learning outcome depends on active participation through peer feedback and discussions with each other. The course is student-centred, why participants will carry out tasks and exercises at in-class and out-of-class activities.    

Criteria for participation

University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students). 

Recommended knowledge for participation

This course is relevant for all PhD students who wish to improve their quality of teaching. It is not crucial that the student is affiliated to a course or has regular teaching hours. However, participants will probably benefit the most if they already teach or have teaching experience.  

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc network
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

For the full course description, dates and registration please see the Course Calendar of the Graduate School of Health.  


Course dates:

  • 25 October 2021
  • 08 November 2021 08:30 - 12:30
  • 10 November 2021 08:30 - 12:30
  • 29 November 2021 08:30 - 12:30
  • 01 December 2021 09:00 - 12:30

For the full course description, dates and registration please see the Course Calendar of the Graduate School of Health.    


  • ECTS: 2.4
  • Language: English
  • Span: 4 x 4 hours in-class seminars and approx. 8 hours structured asynchronous online learning activities. 24 hours in all
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • No. of participants: max. 24