Teaching Science at University

  Category Description


This course delivers science-specific training to those who teach in the Faculty of Science, Medicine or VetSuisse helping the participants translate their scientific and research expertise into effective, engaging learning experiences for students. The online portion consists of brief videos which can be watched when convenient and weekly assignments which offer the chance to implement new teaching skills directly in one's own teaching plans. Peer and instructor feedback help participants develop a sense of where their pedagogical strengths and weaknesses lie and to anticipate the likely effectiveness of their teaching plans and ideas.



After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • teach in a versatile, adaptive manner, knowing when und how to use evidence-based teaching strategies. 

  • design and deliver teaching which builds upon (or corrects) students' everyday conception.

  • critically design analogies, teaching contexts, and models to improve student interest and understanding in lessons.

  • shift student work in the lab towards inquiry-based learning.




PhD students, Post Docs, and early career Professors who teach science, mathematics, medicine, or veterinary medicine





Final award  

Certificate of attendance (2 ECTS credits)


Number of participants







2 presence half days plus online course



Day 1 (Introduction): 2 September 2019

9am - 12am (PhD students)

1pm - 4pm (Post Docs, early career Professors)


Day 2 (Reflecting): 27 January 2020

9am - 12am (PhD students)

1pm - 4pm (Post Docs, early career Professors)

  Location Irchel Campus, Room 34 J 02


Free of charge


Course Leader

Prof. Dr. Kai Niebert, Sara Petchey (Science and Sustainability Education at the UZH Institute of Education)



PhD-students register here (online)
Post- Docs and early career Professors: Registration closed

Sara Petchey


Phone: +41 (0)44 634 66 28



In this blended course, we meet in person at the start of the semester for introductions and microteaching, and at the end of the semester for reflecting. In between, participants take a 5-week online course requiring 3-4 hours of work per week. The online course includes short instructional videos, a weekly assignment, and peer review.