02 Teaching lab practicals

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
25, 26 September and 2 October 2019 09:00 17:00 Torfs, Ellen 10 / 12 Registration ended at 03/09/2019

Course description

This course is intended for people who teach lab practicals (technicians, PhDs, post-docs and other staff) and want to improve their teaching skills.


The course consists of 3 themes.

Theme 1: Assessment

  • What do you want your students to achieve during the practical (the learning outcomes)?
  • Different types of practicals - focus points for feedback, supervision and assessment
  • Effective assessment using forms and rubrics
  • Developing an assessment form (e.g. rubric) for practical reports and/or for practical skills

Theme 2: Supervising students and giving feedback

  • Supervision
    • Balance between guidance and own responsibility of the student
    • Dealing with difficult situations/students.
    • Motivating students
  • Giving feedback to students
  • Teaching methods for plenary feedback (wrap up at the end of practical class)
  • Workshop by Philippe Puylaert (coordinator large microbiology practicals) about efficient logistics during practicals

Theme 3 (OPTIONAL): Giving an introduction/ explanation 

  • Theory and exercise about giving an introduction and explanation with a focus on motivation and interaction.
  • Demonstrating an experiment or technique – step by step approach

Learning outcomes

The participant:

  • Draws up an assessment form to assess students’  lab performance
  • Describes factors that influence students’ motivation and uses this when supervising students
  • Adjusts his/her supervision depending on the type of practical and the students’ learning process and needs
  • Gives feedback to individual students and prepares and leads a plenary feedback session
  • Gives a clear and motivating introduction to a practical class


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

Attendance of the third day which covers theme 3 is optional. On this day you will practice giving a motivating and clear introduction at the start of a practical.

Target group and Prerequisites

The course content should tie in with your teaching duties at Wageningen University:

  • You should have (some) experience in teaching lab practicals
  • You will be working on your own laboratory practical, so you must bring a course guide and know your own role and responsibilities within the course.

This course can be chosen as elective course in the UTQ. It is also suitable as part of an Orientation on Teaching and Supervision (Pre-UTQ). 


You will be awarded a certificate.  


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,-).

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.