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NAT and TECH: Science Teaching


The course objective is to improve your teaching skills and teaching competences as a PhD student. The course provides guidance, inspiration, and tools for improving your teaching practice. During the course, you will develop and implement a teaching activity in your teaching and use methods to provide feedback. 

The course addresses both traditional and online teaching, and you will have the opportunity to specialise in the type of teaching that is most relevant for you.

Learning outcome

  • Plan and implement teaching activities to support student learning according to learning outcomes
  • Apply tools for classroom management to motivate students’ active preparation and participation
  • Use effective feedback to assess and support student learning
  • Identify and evaluate solutions to challenges in your teaching
  • Use peer observation and feedback to develop your teaching practice
  • Develop presentations targeting a specific audience
  • Apply educational technology and evaluate relevance in own teaching    


The course addresses science teaching at university level and covers all types of teaching relevant at Science and Technology, such as small class teaching/theoretical exercises (TØ), laboratory teaching (LØ), lecturing, online teaching, outreach activities, and field trips.

The course will focus on the following themes:

  1. Learning theory.
  2. Planning teaching activities according to learning goals.
  3. Assessment and feedback for learning.
  4. Classroom management for active preparation for and participation in teaching.
  5. Presentation skills.
  6. Methods for development of own teaching including peer observation and feedback./li>

Supplemental info

  • The online course, the three course days, and the assignments are mandatory. Participants who are absent from course day 1 and 2 will not be able to take part in the course.
  • Participants who are absent from course day 3 will only be able to take part in the course if a special agreement has been made with the course lecturers.    
  • There is a no show fee: Course participants who do not show up at the course or cancel their course participation after the course registration deadline – unless they can provide a Doctor’s note, will have to pay a no-show fee of DKK 1,200 (the price of one ECTS).
  • The course is a mix between in class and online teaching.
  • The course is mandatory for all new PhD students who have begun their PhD studies 1 October 2015 or later and who have teaching obligation as part of their employment.


  • That the participants are PhD students at Aarhus University who teaches.

The courses in PhD supervision at Faculty of Natural Sciences and Faculty of Technical Sciences are in English and are provided by Centre for Educational Development, Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

For time, full course description and registration please see the course calendar at Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Graduate School of Technical Sciences.


Course days:

  • 21 September 2021
  • 5 October 2021
  • 16 December 2021

From 24 August-7 September 2021 there are about 8 hours online work which can be flexibly scheduled (asynchronous).

For time, full course description and registration please see the course calendar at Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Graduate School of Technical Sciences.


  • ECTS: 3
  • Language: English  
  • Span: 3 online sessions of 15 hours in all and three mandatory course days + preparation
  • Participants: max. 72