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ARTS: Introduction to University Teaching for PhD students


This is an introductory course to university teaching at AU.

The purpose is to make PhD students acquainted with requirements and expectations for teaching at AU, connected to the participants' own teaching practice. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to plan, prepare and evaluate their teaching in accordance with university expectations and requirements, including choosing relevant pedagogical strategies for student-centered learning.    

Content and format

The course includes the following topics and themes:

  • Teaching vs. learning 
  • Inclusion
  • Student-centered learning
  • Alignment
  • Taxonomies
  • Learning activities
  • Formative & summative assesment

The course starts online with individual and group activities.

The students meet face-to-face (F2F) in two classroom sessions. Between the two classroom sessions, the participants will continue working online individually and in groups.

The participants will work on improving their own teaching in relation to the topics and principles covered during the course.

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By default, the course is in English. However, it can be held in Danish if so wished by all participants. Group work can be in both English and Danish.

Course Requirements

This course is allotted 2 ECTS credits (50 hours of coursework)
The requirements are:

  1. To attend the face-to-face classroom sessions
  2. To complete the out-of-class activities


The course will be held at:

  • Aarhus University, Aarhus (Spring and Fall)
  • Campus Emdrup (Spring)


Register for course: See up under registration.

Before you sign up, make sure that you can attend the face-to-face classroom sessions and have time for the out-of-clas activities.

Course session times: 09:00-14:00.

Number of participants: Maximum 25.

Bring your computer or tablet.   


Course autumn 2024

Aarhus University, Aarhus, building 1910, room 228 

  • Day 1: 8 October 2024 from 09:00 -14:00
  • Day 2: 12. november 2024 from 09:00 - 14:00
    Registration deadline: 23 September 2024 at 23:59

Sign up for the course here 


  • Target group: PhD students
    Mandatory course for PhD students enrolled at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Arts
  • Language: By default, the course is in English. However, it can be held in Danish if so wished by all participants. Group work can be in both English and Danish. 
  • Span: about 50 hours per course
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • No. of participants: min. 10, max. 25
  • ECTS: 2
  • Prerequisites: Students should know what they will or could be teaching as the course requires students to plan and discuss learning activities relevant to a specific course. Students should also be enrolled at The faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.
  • Bring for the course: A course description for a course relevant for the participants's own teaching, related to e.g. previous teaching, current teaching or possible future teaching. 


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