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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.

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

For participants to achieve the greatest possible learning outcome, we strongly recommend that the participant is actively involved in teaching/supervision activities during the course period, since a large part of the course activities involve course development and trials which is appropriate in the participants own practice.
It is also recommended that the participants have some experience with teaching and /or supervision planning before participation in the University Pedagogical Programme.

Supervisor

Participants must have a supervisor from their own department as supervision and feedback from the supervisor during participation in the University Pedagogical Programme is expected.
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

Please note that participation in the course requires a considerable amount of preparation throughout the entire course. The course has a scope corresponding to 150 working hours distributed over one semester. Before the first 3 day seminar participants must expect a workload of approximately 25 hours for completing assignments.
The following project period including the three workshops and supervision meetings requires approximately 80 working hours. The workshops and supervision meetings are held at Campus AU.
The final day is held at Campus AU and requires approximately 8 working hours for preparation before the meeting.
Before registering for the programme, participants should ensure that they have the necessary time for course participation and can set aside the specified course days and preparation time.

Requirements and diploma

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

  • Attendance on scheduled course days
  • 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 programme must be completed within one semester. 

Location

The course is partly held at an external venue in Aarhus C. and at Campus Aarhus.
All meeting days are held as day seminars - there is no overnight stay. 

Course language

The programme is 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 unless otherwise agreed.

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 departments and centres at AU collaborate with the faculties about nomination of participants. After finalising the internal process, the faculties register the nominated participants for the programme. 
Please note that it is not possible to be enrolled in the programme after deadline for the final list of partipants and we therefore recommend the employee to contact the the relevant manager well in advance.  
Participants will receive a confirmation letter via email, when the process of approval and prioritization of the nominated participants has been completed.

Contact

Julie Lykke Facius

Member of Administrative Staff

Important information

  • Spring 2023 (fully booked, registration closed)
  • 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 unless otherwise agreed.
  • Attendance on the meeting days is mandatory and the programme must be completed within the semester in question.
  • 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. Before registering for the programme, participants should ensure that they have the necessary time for course participation and can set aside the specified course days and preparation time.
  • Participants must have a supervisor from their own department as supervision and feedback from the supervisor during participation in the University Pedagogical Programme is expected.
  • Please find further information about prerequisites for participation, scope and activity requirements under "Need to know about the course" 

    Autumn 2023
  • Meeting days for the programme (PDF)
     
  • Registration
  • 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.
    It is recommended that inquiries are made no later than early April to ensure enough time for the internal process at the departments and faculties.
  • The departments and centres at AU collaborate with the faculties about nomination of participants. After finalising the internal process, the faculties register the nominated participants for the programme. 
  • By mid May participants will receive a final letter of confirmation.