Teaching Skills - Systematic Development of Teaching Competence

Category Description


«Teaching Skills» is a systematic 7 ECTS program designed for teaching and research assistants and senior assistants at UZH seeking a basic grounding and ongoing training leading to a qualification in teaching in Higher Education. The program is offered by Continuing Education in conjunction with the departments. The departments can stipulate special requirements for participating faculty members. Doctoral candidates may be credited for the Teaching Skills program. The decision on accreditation lies with the degree program in question. The CAS in Higher Education fully approves «Teaching Skills».

The program introduces the fundamentals of research in teaching and learning as the basis for planning and conducting courses. Focusing on the alignment of teaching/learning activities and assessment, participants also experience how to motivate and activate students through student-centered teaching. Sustainable transfer of course content into participants own teaching is fostered and supported through peer observation and portfolio-based reflection.

Aims After the course, participants are able to plan and conduct high quality teaching and to design competence-oriented courses so that teaching and learning activities, assessment and learning goals are systematically aligned.
Target group Academic staff involved in teaching at UZH, esp. doctoral students and post-doctorates
Requirements  Participants should be employees of and involved in teaching at UZH, Master's degree from an accredited university
Final award «Teaching Skills» attestation

Number of participants

For each course the number of participants is limited to 16 persons. Please register early.


Start spring: German

Start fall: English


Please note that this course is held in either German or English. Intermediate-level language skills in the stated course language with regard to understanding, speaking, and reading are required to participate in the program. Contributions and course assessments may be submitted in both German and/or English.

Duration  1 year (8 presence days)

Start fall semester 2021 (English) Registration open

Module I: 2./3.09. and 22.10.2021

Module II: 3./4.02. and 18.03.2022

Module III: individual

Deadline teaching portfolio: 31 July 2022


Start spring semester 2022 (German) Registration opens September 2021

Module I: 26./27.01. und 10.03.2022

Module II: 8./9.06 und 13.07.2022

Module III: individual

Deadline teaching portfolio: 31 January 2023

Fee Free of charge


Registration Teaching Skills HS21 (PDF, 489 KB)

Deadline for Registration: May 15, 2021

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).

FAQ Frequently asked questions (German)


Dr. Svenja Kaduk (Course leader English)

Dr. Franziska Jäpel (Course leader German)

Susanne Anrig (Program coordination)

E-Mail: hdinfo@wb.uzh.ch 

Phone.: +41 (0)44 634 29 98