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NAT and TECH: Science Teaching


The course objective is to strengthen your teaching skills and competences as a PhD student. The course provides guidance and inspiration for planning and implementing teaching to enhance students' learning. In collaboration will peers, you will learn to apply tools to identify and find solutions for challenges in your own teaching. During the course, you will train your teaching skills by developing and implementing a teaching activity in your own teaching and use methods to provide feedback.

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

Learning outcome

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • 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
  • Apply educational technology (EDU IT) and evaluate relevance in own teaching


The course addresses teaching in technical and natural sciences at university level and covers challenges and teaching formats relevant for teaching assistants at the faculties of Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. This includes, for example, small class teaching with problems solving, student presentations or discussion of scientific literature, laboratory teaching, field work, online teaching, and outreach activities.

The course will focus on the following themes:

  1. Planning and applying teaching activities according to learning outcomes.
  2. Assessment and feedback for learning.
  3. Classroom management for active preparation for and participation in teaching.
  4. Techniques to support classroom dialogue and interactions.
  5. Methods for development of own teaching including peer observation and feedback.

Prerequisites for participation

  • Participants must be PhD students at Aarhus University who teaches.
  • The course is mandatory for all new PhD students who have begun their PhD studies 1 October 2015 or later, and who have teaching obligations as part of their employment.
  • The online part of the course, the three course days, and the assignments are mandatory. Participants who are absent from the on-campus course days 1 and 2, will not be able to take part in the course. Participants who are absent from the on-campus 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. Participants who do not show up or cancel their 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).


Spring 2023

Course dates:

  • Self-paced online course:
    17 January 2023 - 31 January 2023
  • 09 February 2023 09.00-16.00
  • 23 February 2023 09.00-16.00
  • 08 June 09.00-16.00
    Registration deadline: 20 December 2022

Fall 2023

Course dates:

  • Self-paced online course:
    22 August 2023 - 05 September 2023
  • 12 September 2023 09.00-16.00
  • 19 September 2023 09.00-16.00
  • 19 December 2023 09.00-16.00
    Registration deadline: 06 July 2023

For dates, full course description, and registration please go to the course calendar of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Graduate School of Technical Sciences.


  • For PhD students at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (GSNS):
    The course is mandatory for all PhD students at the GSNS who have teaching obligations as a part of either their employment as a PhD fellow or as a student teacher.
  • For PhD students at the Graduate School of Technical Sciences (GSTS):
    The course is mandatory for all PhD students at the GSTS.
  • ECTS: 3
  • Language: English
  • Format: Blended learning
  • Participants: max. 72
  • Target group: PhD students at Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences
  • Duration: Eight hours online course spanning two weeks and three on-campus obligatory course days. Participants will also be doing individual and group assignments before, between, and after course days.

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