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University Pedagogical Programme

Objective

The Centre for Educational Development at Aarhus University (CED) is responsible for the University Pedagogical Programme for assistant professors and postdocs at Aarhus University.

The programme is primarily aimed at assistant professors and researchers on their way to qualify/apply for a position as associate professors in accordance with the ministerial order on classification of academic ranks and titles at Danish universities. In addition, the programme can be offered to other employees on their way to qualify for a position as associate professor, if the department finds it relevant, on the basis of the employees teaching obligations and / or career path.

The programme aims to contribute to the professionalisation and quality of university teaching through the development of the participants’ practical teaching skills and by fostering a scholarly approach to teaching.

The programme is organised to meet competence level 2 of Danish Universities common framework for advancing university pedagogy.
Further information is available here: Danish framework for advancing university pedagogy 

Learning outcome

The aim will be achieved when participants can:

  • Analyse and discuss teaching based on knowledge about quality teaching, didactics, assessment, evaluation, and students as learners.
  • Plan, execute, and evaluate well-aligned teaching and assessment activities within their disciplines and organisational contexts.
  • Use and evaluate educational technologies to promote learning activities for groups and individual students.
  • Demonstrate practical teaching skills within a variety of forms of teaching.
  • Collect data, analyse, and communicate information about their teaching practices and experiences to colleagues and other stakeholders in a teaching portfolio.

Content

The programme is organised to support the teaching activities in which participants are already involved by, for example, supporting the planning of teaching and implementation of teaching experiments as well as the preparation of (digital) teaching material.

Finally, it is a central part of the programme that participants write contributions to their learning portfolios. The learning portfolios may be considered the starting point for the development of participants’ teaching portfolios, which they must develop to apply for a position as associate professor at AU. AU’s rules for teaching portfolios can be found here.

The 4 modules

The programme consists of four modules:

Module 1: Introduction to teaching and learning in research-based education

Module 1 is a 3-day residential course.

The module focuses on

  • Participants own development as university teachers
  • Basic university pedagogy: theory, concepts and models
  • Student characteristics, motivation and learning 
  • Pedagogical research and evidence
  • The planning of teaching, with a focus on well-founded choices of learning outcomes, content, assessment, and educational IT
  • Teaching methods and techniques including an introduction to lecturing, small class teaching and supervision
  • Course evaluation and the development of participants’ courses.

The total workload is estimated at 50 hours. The module is held in a blended learning format. The estimated preparation is approximately 25-30 hours ahead of the residential module.

Module 2: Educational IT – The use of educational technology

The module is held at each of the five faculties, and the content is designed to fit the different educational IT strategies at the faculties.

The module focuses on the implementation of;

  • The educational IT strategy of Aarhus University, including:
  • Different course formats: ’technology distributed’, ’ technology supported’, ’ technology innovated’ (blended learning), and ’ technology based´(distance learning)
  • Best practice examples of teaching supported by technology
  • Models for planning blended learning teaching (classroom teaching supported by e-learning)
  • Hands-on experience with different methods of e-learning and technology, with special focus on lecturing, small class teaching, and supervision
  • Production of minimum 1 digital teaching object for use in participants’ teaching
  • Re-design of participants’ courses
  • The teacher’s role as e-moderator

The total preparation and workload for this module is estimated at 25 hours. The module is held as a blended learning module at ARTS, BSS and HEALTH and as an online module at NAT and TECH.

Module 3: (Re-)designing course

Participants must choose one of the following tracks: Lecturing, Small Class Teaching, or Supervision.

All tracks have the following format:

  • Online introduction
  • Course day face-to-face (f2f) with presentations, activities, sharing of knowledge and preparation of a (re-)design project for a course or learning module
  • Supervision related to the (re-)design project, including the use of technology
  • The testing of the re-designed learning module in participants’ teaching
  • Final course day f2f with an evaluation of experiences and results. 

The track on lecturing focuses on, e.g.:

  • Identifying issues in participants’ lecturing practice
  • The planning of lectures or a series of lectures (including the interaction between in-class and out-of-class activities)
  • Rhetorical instruments in the lecture
  • Digital instruments in the lecture
  • Visual instruments in the lecture

The track on small class teaching focuses on, e.g.:

  • Identifying issues in participants’ small class teaching practice
  • Possibilities and challenges in activating students in small class teaching
  • Organising small class teaching (including the use of technology and the interaction between in-class and out-of-class activities)
  • Meeting the students, including classroom-management and the diversity of students
  • Managing professional dialogue in small class teaching
  • Feedback and assessment in small class teaching

The track on supervision focuses among on, e.g.:

  • Identifying issues in participants’ supervision practice
  • Matching expectations in supervision
  • Relational and process skills
  • Text skills and feedback in the writing process
  • Communication skills and methods for dialogue
  • The use of technology in supervision

The total workload for one of the tracks in this module is estimated at approximately 45 hours: 20 hours for preparation and participation in the course days, and approximately 25 hours for formulation and testing of participants’ project.

Module 4: Final workshop on teaching portfolio, knowledge sharing, and the teaching practice at the four faculties

The content of this module differs slightly from one faculty to the other. However, it goes for all the faculties that participants will have the opportunity to present their experiences and insights, and the outcomes of the University Pedagogical Programme for a group of supervisors and colleagues.

On the final course day, the focus will be on:

  • Feedback on participants’ learning portfolio or teaching portfolio draft
  • Presentation of selected outcomes from modules 2 and 3
  • Discussion of the teaching environment at the faculty such as the students, evaluations, conditions for teaching and teaching development, university strategies,

The total preparation and workload of module 4 is estimated at 30 hours.

Need to know about the course

Target group

The programme is primarily aimed at assistant professors and researchers on their way to qualify/apply for a position as associate professors in accordance with the ministerial order on classification of academic ranks and titles at Danish universities. In addition, the programme can be offered to other employees on their way to qualify for a position as associate professor, if the department finds it relevant, on the basis of the employees teaching obligations and / or career path.

Prerequisites

The participants must be teaching to a certain extent during the semester they participate in the programme as a significant part of the programme is 1) to discuss the planning of their teaching based on participants’ current practice, and 2) for participants to implement changes in their teaching where appropriate. It is recommended that the participants have some experience with teaching planning before participating in the programme.

Supervisor

The participants must have a supervisor from their department.
Supervision from the supervisor of the assistant professor is included as part of an assistant professorship, including the parallel participation in the University Pedagogical Programme. The scope, form and overall content of the supervisor’s role are decided locally at the faculty or department. Please contact the relevant department or faculty for any further clarification.

Scope and preparation

The course amounts to approximately 150 hours of work.
Please note that each module requires a considerable amount of preparation.

  • Before module 1, participants should expect a workload of approximately 25-30 hours for reading literature and completing assignments; in addition to this, there is the residential module.
  • Modules 2 (Educational IT) requires approximately 25 hours. The module will be carried out as blended learning at BSS, ARTS and HEALTH and as an online module at NAT and TECH. 
  • Module 3 (Re-design module) requires approximately 20 hours for preparation and participation in the course days and approximately 25 hours for your teaching experiment.
  • Module 4 requires approximately 30 hours.

For further information on the modules, please see "The 4 modules" 

Requirements and diploma

To complete the University Pedagogical Programme and obtain a diploma, the following requirements must be met:

  • Attendance on scheduled course days (minimum 80% presence in each module)
  • Preparation according to the described assignments in Brightspace
  • Completion of all assignments and submission before the deadlines
  • Active participation in scheduled course days and the programme as a whole
  • The 4 modules must be completed within one semester. 

Location

Module 1: 3-days residential course, which is held at an external venue. All participants are expected to participate in the entire module and stay overnight at the venue.

Modules 2, 3, and 4: AU Campus

Price

The course is for AU employees only and is free of charge.

Registration and availability

To be considered for at place in the programme, the employee must contact the management of the department for an agreement about participation in the programme. The department nominate participants in collaboration with the faculty.
Each of the faculties at AU has a limited number of available places in the programme. The faculty is responsible for the final prioritization and nomination of participants from that faculty.
Participants will receive a confirmation letter via email, when the process of approval and prioritization of the nominated participants has been completed.

Course language

In the autumn semester, the programme will be held in English for both English speaking and Danish speaking participants.
All course materials will be in English (texts, course site in Brightspace, etc.). Also, participants must upload assignments etc. in English.

In the spring, the programme is held in Danish. All course materials will be in English (texts, course site in Brightspace, etc.). Participants can upload assignments etc. in Danish or English, but the teaching will be held in Danish.

Contact

Julie Lykke Facius

Member of Administrative Staff

Important information

  • Autumn 2022
  • Meeting days for the programme (PDF)
    The programme will be held in English for both English speaking and Danish speaking participants.
    Please note that all course materials will be in English (texts, course site in Brightspace, etc.). Also, participants must upload assignments, etc. in English
  • Attendance is required on the specified dates (minimum 80% presence in each module)
  • The 4 modules must be completed within one semester
  • A significant amount of preparation and development work must be expected both before and after the modules. In total, a workload corresponding to approximately 150 hours. Participants should ensure that they have the necessary time for course participation and can set aside the specified course days and preparation time
  • Please find further information about prerequisites for participation, scope and activity requirements under "Need to know about the course" 

Registration for the programme autumn 2022

  • To be considered for at place in the programme, the employee must contact the management of the department for an agreement about participation in the programme. The department nominate participants in collaboration with the faculty
  • It is recommended that inquiries are made no later than the beginning of April, to ensure enough time for the internal process at departments and faculties
  • There is a limited number of available places in the programme, which are distributed between the faculties. The faculty is responsible for the final prioritization and nomination of participants from that faculty
  • By the end of May participants will receive a final letter of confirmation.

Spring 2022
The programme is held in Danish. Further information is available here.