Start to Teach

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
22, 30 May and 6 June 2023 09:00 16:00 Du Preez, Hannelie 24 / 24 Add to waiting list

Course description

Start to Teach introduces you to some basic teaching and learning principles, which include topics such as constructive alignment, writing learning outcomes, activating students prior knowledge, and understanding the importance of assessment. You will be given the opportunity to practice your teaching skills by presenting a micro/minilesson to the group.

Target group & Prerequisites

This course is designed for teaching staff with little experience in teaching but are appointed by Wageningen University and Research. Are you appointed as PhD, post-doc or teaching assistant? Then this course is for you. You should have teaching duties or be assigned to teaching duties in the near future to benefit from this course. Start to Teach is also considered suitable to form part of your teaching and supervision plan.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. Reflect on the outcomes of your teaching perspective inventory
  2. Apply the process of Constructive Alignment in a lesson plan
    - Construct a well-written outcome
    - Plan an activating activity by developing your resources
    - Plan a formative assessment for your micro lesson
  3. Demonstrate basic teaching skills in a micro/mini lesson where you show alignment and at least one activating learning activity:
    - Utilizing a teacher’s soft skills
    - Implementing an activating activity (using your resources)
    - Implementing a formative assessment for your micro/mini lesson
  4. Reflect on your and other’s performance and formulate concrete points to improve your teaching skills


The course consists of two full days of theoretical training and one day for practical presentation

The first two days cover a wide range of practicalities, and you will be introduced to constructive alignment, writing learning outcomes, activating students prior knowledge and understanding the importance of assessment
On the third day you will be asked to give a micor/mini lesson, in which you will experiment with a part of your own teaching.

During the course you are expected to have an active role yourself. You will be provided with information, which you will then process and apply through discussions, assignments and exercises.


You will be awarded an electronic certificate at the end of the course.

Note: this course is not a compulsory part of the UTQ programme. It can be followed pre UTQ.


Participation is free for Wageningen University & Research staff involved in teaching WU courses.


We consider registration as final. When cancelled within three weeks before the activity starts, your chair group will be charged all costs of your subscription (€350,-). Please follow this link to withdraw your enrolment

If there are less than 6 participants in the course, Education Support Centre may cancel the course and notify you at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the course.