Début − First Steps in University Teaching

Category Description  

Are you new to university teaching and are you planning your first lecture or seminar? In this one-day course we will prepare you for the first steps. You will get input on how to plan a lecture or seminar, how to define clear intended learning outcomes, and how to activate students. You will also learn about quality assessment and evaluation as well as different kinds of group work. In addition, the course provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with other university colleagues.


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

  • apply important didactic concepts and methods to plan, perform and evaluate your teaching.
  • know where to get support and training for your teaching.
  • confidently take the first steps into university teaching.
Target group

Doctoral candidates, postdocs and teaching and research assistants with no or little experience in university teaching. The course is not designed for advanced instructors.

IMPORTANT: The course does not meet the requirements of the School of Medicine for the postdoctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation).

  • Teaching at UZH
  • Master's degree from an accredited university
Final Award Confirmation of course attendance  

Introduction and conclusion: English

Workshops: choice of German or English (choose your prefered language during registration)
Number of participants


Duration  1 day, 8:30-17:00  

Début takes place twice a year (spring and fall). Registration usually opens 5 months before the respective event.


Next Date:

8 September 2021 (Fall '21)  Registration open



Terms of Participation With their registration participants agree to attend the entire course. A cancellation after the end of the cancellation period, no-show without indication of unforeseeable or unavoidable reasons or incomplete participation can result in consequences for the participation in other courses (detailed information about the terms of participation).  
Fees Free of charge  
Début is offered as an online event on ZOOM for the time being due to Corona restrictions.


Continuing Education in University Teaching and Learning UZH

Dr. Annette Baertschi