Basics of University Teaching


Teaching, such as organizing and giving lectures, practical courses, seminars as well as supervising bachelor, master or doctoral thesis, is more and more an implicit part of one’s academic career. Reflecting and continuously improving the own teaching represents, therefore, an essential daily reality for any stage of a researcher’s career.

In this course, participants will be challenged with questions like:

  • What is my role as a teacher in the learning process of my students?
  • Why does it make sense to define precise learning outcomes?
  • How do I activate my students?
  • How do I create a student-centred learning environment?
  • What is the best way to assess my students?

In other words, during this course, participants will get an insight into the theoretical principles of University didactics, first. Then, as next step, participants will apply the theory to their own teaching. They will get feedback on it from their peers and will give feedback to their peers on their teaching practice.

Learning outcomes 

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Apply the concepts of “Constructive Alignment” and learning taxonomy in formulating intended learning outcomes for your course.
  • Organise and reduce your teaching contents based on the intended learning outcomes and illustrate your teaching content with an Advance Organiser.
  • Evaluate the importance of the major components in a syllabus and create a syllabus for your teaching session.
  • Plan your course (or lesson) outline by designing engaging learning and teaching activities aligned to your learning outcomes.
  • Choose assessment formats that effectively evaluate the achievement of the intended learning outcomes.  
Target participants Doctoral Students, Post-doctorates and academic staff involved in teaching.
Requirements Participants should be involved in teaching at UZH.
Maximum number of participants 12 
Language  English
Duration   2 days with 2+2 houres of (online) preparation 

12.06.2018 09:00-17:00

13.06.2018 09:00-17:00

Fees Free for UZH members 


Registration is open.

Please register here

University of Zurich
Continuing Education
Schaffhauserstrasse 228 
CH-8057 Zurich