Aarhus Universitets segl

NAT og 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 your teaching within science and technology disciplines based on principles for student-centered learning. During the course you will get hands-on experience with teaching techniques and technologies to enhance students’ active participation and learning. In collaboration with peers you will learn to apply tools to identify and find solutions for challenges in your own teaching and you will train your teaching skills by applying new teaching techniques and technologies in your own teaching and observing others.

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 lessons in own teaching according to principles for student-centered learning and course learning outcomes 
  • Identify and use relevant teaching techniques and technologies to support student learning and active participation
  • Develop strategies to create a good learning environment in own teaching
  • Use effective assessment and feedback strategies to support student learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify and evaluate solutions to challenges 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 and Technical Sciences. This includes e. g. small class teaching with problems solving, computer lab, 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, and
  5. methods for development of own teaching including peer observation and feedback.

For PhD students at Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS

The course is mandatory for all PhD students at GSNS who have teaching obligations as a part of either their employment as a PhD fellow or as a student teacher to take the course Science Teaching.

For PhD students at Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS:

It is mandatory for all PhD students at GSTS to take the course Science Teaching. PhD students from GSTS earn additionally 0.5 ECTS for activities at the department as a follow-up on the Science Teaching course. Please see further instructions at the GSTS website.


  • The online course, the 2.5 course days, and the assignments are mandatory. Participants who are absent from course day 1 will not be able to take part in the course. Participants who are absent from course day 2 or 3 will only be able to take part in the course if a special agreement has been made with the course lecturers.
  • No show fee: If you do not show up at the course or cancel your course participation after the course cancellation deadline (without providing a doctor’s note), you may have to pay a no-show fee, unless someone from the waiting list is able to take part in the course instead. The no-show fee is DKK 1,200 (the price of one ECTS). The no-show fee has been introduced due to many late cancellations, thus preventing people from the waiting lists to have a seat at the course.
  • Please be aware that your registration for the course not necessarily equals your admission for the course. You will receive an e-mail after the registration deadline regarding whether you are admitted for the course or if you are registered on the waiting list. Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Efterår 2024

For datoer, fuld kursusbeskrivelse og tilmelding, se kursuskalenderen for Graduate School of Natural Sciences og Graduate School of Technical Sciences.


  • Target group: PhD students at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences and the Graduate School of Technical Sciences 
  • ECTS: 2.5
  • Language: English
  • Format: Blended learning
  • Participants: max. 100
  • Target group: PhD students at Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences
  • Duration: 8 hours online course over 2 weeks and 2.5 obligatory course days. Contact hours: 17 hours, Project work: 25 hours, Preparation/online work: 20,5 hours. 62.5 hours in total. Course participants will also be doing assignments before and between course days.

Faglig kontakperson

Administrativ kontaktperson

Thilde Møller Risgaard

Kursusadministrator Administrationscenter Health - Health ph.d-administration