Début − First Steps in University Teaching

Category Description  

Are you new to University teaching and are you planning your first lecture or seminar? In our 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 address the topic of quality assessment and evaluation, as well as different kinds of group work. In addition to this, the course provides the 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.
  • 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 little or no experience in university teaching.

  • 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 (online due to Corona restrictions)  

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


The upcoming event will be an online event due to Corona restrictions.


9 September 2020 (fall '20) Registration closed



Registration for Debut HS20  
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  
UZH City Campus
Rämistrasse 71
8001 Zürich


Continuing Education in University Teaching and Learning UZH

Sascha Sauer