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 aimed at assistant professors and postdocs with teaching obligations on their way to qualify/apply for a permanent position as associate professors as well as other employees at AU that are responsible for teaching activities at the same level as assistant professors, e.g. teaching assistant professors or associate professors without similar pedagogical competencies.
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 aim will be achieved when participants can:
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 programme is considered the basis of the mandatory supervision process that forms part of the pedagogical training of assistant professors at Aarhus University.
AU’s rules and practice concerning the teacher training programme for assistant professors and postdocs
The programme consists of four modules:
Module 1 is a 3-day residential course at either Sandbjerg Gods (spring) or Kystvejens Konferencecenter, Grenå (autumn).
The module focuses on
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.
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 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 a distance learning module at Nat-Tech.
Participants must choose one of the following tracks: Lecturing, Small Class Teaching, or Supervision.
All tracks have the following format:
The track on lecturing focuses on, e.g.:
The track on small class teaching focuses on, e.g.:
The track on supervision focuses among on, e.g.:
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.
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:
The total preparation and workload of module 4 is estimated at 30 hours.
The University Pedagogical Programme is an introductory training course in higher education teaching for all assistant professors and those postdocs who will be teaching while working at AU.
Assistant professors and postdocs who plan a career as associate professors at the university will have to complete the course to obtain the diploma required for a permanent position at Danish universities.
The participants must be teaching during the semester they participate in the programme as an important part of it 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.
Furthermore, the participants must have a supervisor from their department.
The course amounts to approximately 150 hours of work.
Please note that each module requires a considerable amount of preparation.
The modules must be completed in one semester.
To complete the University Pedagogical Programme and obtain a diploma, the following requirements must be met:
Module 1: Residential course at Sandbjerg Gods (spring) or Kystvejens konferencecenter, Grenå (autumn).
Modules 2, 3, and 4: AU campus
The course is for AU employees only and is free of charge.
Each of the faculties at AU has a limited number of available seats in the programme. If there are more applicants than seats, each faculty will submit a prioritized list of applicants and approve the final list of participants from that faculty. Applicants will receive a message via email about whether or not their application has been approved.
Please note the application deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
By the end of May 2021, applicants will receive a message via email about whether or not their application has been approved.
Enrolment must be agreed on with your head of department.
Please note that, in the autumn, the programme will be held in English for both English and Danish speaking participants.
All course materials will be in English. Participants must upload assignments, etc., in English.
In the spring, the programme is held in Danish.