13 University teaching: putting theory into practice

Course schedule

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2018-2019 Group 1-first day: 29 November 2018 / last day: 31 January 2019
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09:00 18:00 Wageningen Torfs, Ellen Registration ended at 05/11/2018
2018-2019 Group 2- first day: 9 April 2019/ last day: 20 June 2019
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09:00 18:00 Wageningen Gresnigt, Marca 22 / 24 Registration ended at 09/03/2019
2019-2020 Group 1 - first day: October 10 2019 / last day: December 13 2019
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09:00 18:00 Wageningen Gresnigt, Marca Add to waiting list
2019-2020 Group 2 - first day: January 16 2020 / last day March 12 2020
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09:00 18:00 Wageningen Torfs, Ellen Apply

Course description

This course is intended for experienced lecturers who want to analyse and improve their educational design, their teaching and their course materials using teaching and learning principles. You will work on your own course, give a practice lesson and will practice in guiding students’ learning process.

Schedules

2018/2019 - Group 1

Introduction meeting:
29 november 2018 12.00-14.00

Part A:
12 December 2018 9.00-18.00 + dinner
13 December 2018 9.00-18.00
14 December 2018 9.00-17.00

Part B:
29 January 2019 9.00-18.00 + dinner
30 January 2019 9.00-18.00
31 January 2019 9.00-13.00 + lunch (followed by debrief of "design a course that uses IT 14.00-17.00)

2018/2019 - Group 2

Introduction meeting:
9 april 2019 12.00-14.00

Part A:
30 April 2019 9.00-18.00 + dinner
1 May 2019 9.00-18.00
2 May 2019 9.00-17.00

Part B:
18 June 2019 9.00-18.00 + dinner
19 June 2019 9.00-18.00
20 June 2019 9.00-13.00 + lunch (followed by debrief of "design a course that uses IT 14.00-17.00)

2019/2020 - Group 1

Introduction meeting:
10 October 2019 12.00-14.00

Part A:
22 October 2019 9.00-18.00 + dinner
23 October 2019 9.00-18.00
24 October 2019 9.00-17.00

Part B:
11 December 2019 9.00-18.00 + dinner
12 December 2019 9.00-18.00
13 December 2019 9.00-13.00

2019/2020 - Group 2

Introduction meeting:
16 January 2020 12.00-14.00

Part A:
28 January 2020 9.00-18.00 + dinner
29 January 2020 9.00-18.00
30 January 2020 9.00-17.00

Part B:
10 March 2020 2019 9.00-18.00 + dinner
11 March 2020 9.00-18.00
12 March 2020 9.00-13.00

Target group

Experienced lecturers who want to further improve their teaching.
You need to be responsible for one or more courses at Wageningen University. You are involved in the preparation, teaching, assessment and evaluation of a course.  In the study handbook you are mentioned as the contact person, lecturer and/or examiner.

Outcomes

At the end of the course you will be better able to:
- critically apply key teaching principles to the design/redesign, preparation, implementation and evaluation of your course(s)
- employ a range of teaching methods used at WU, maintaining a balance between an effective learning process and any constraints that may apply
- use the skills that encourage group processes and activate the group
- analyse teaching problems and difficult student behaviour and formulate and implement pedagogically sound solutions
- compile and create teaching material to support the learning process (study guide, written/IT assignments, articles, PowerPoint presentations) in your course, utilising the WU’s Electronic Learning Environment
- reflect on the strengths and weaknesses in the design and implementation of your teaching.

Content

There are two parts in this course. Each part has a central theme.

Part A: Supervising the learning process:
- applying aspects of several learning theories (e.g. by Gagné, Kolb) to help the learning process of the students
- giving effective feedback on student’s products and skills
- activating students using a variety of teaching and learning activities and teaching skills
- (re)designing an assignment
- giving a practice lesson
- observing practice lessons and giving feedback
At the end of part A the assignment “design a course that uses IT” is introduced. You will work on this assignment between part A and part B. Or at another time, if that is more convenient for you. You will need approximately 16 hours to work on the assignment, part of this time is spent on giving feedback on a colleague in the UTQ.

Part B: Activating a group:
- Recognise group processes and supervise groups using different teaching skills/roles
- Intervening in student groups to promote learning and group processes using various communication skills
- assessing students working in groups
- giving a practice lesson
- observing practice lessons and giving feedback
At the end of part B the assignment “design a course that uses IT” will be debriefed.

Method

You will apply theories on teaching and learning directly in your own course and lessons. You will exchange experiences and good practices with fellow participants and discuss challenges. You will give ‘practice lessons’ and will observe and give feedback on lessons by other participants.
Next to the face to face meetings, there are preparatory assignments.

Prerequisites

To be able to participate in this course you need to have:

  1. a major share of the responsibility (i.e. preparation, teaching, assessment and evaluation) for at least one course*
  2. experience in several teaching methods as a lecturer;
  3. completed the course ‘(Re)designing a course’**

These requirements are discussed in an intake interview. Registration for University teaching: putting theory into practice, will be accepted depending on the outcome of this interview.

*Since the course focuses on ‘putting theory into practice’, you will work on your own course(s) during assignments and exercises. This means that you can only take this course if you bear a major share of the responsibility for at least one course. In the study handbook you are the contact person, lecturer and/or examiner. If this is not the case, you would derive little benefit from the course.

** Please note that as of September 2018 the University course is shortened to 6 days + a lunch meeting. This is the result of feedback we received from previous participants, that they preferred to learn more about course design earlier in their UTQ. We accommodated this request by offering the course ‘(Re)designing a course’ as a separate course. In University teaching: putting theory into practice we will build upon the knowledge gained in ‘(Re)designing a course’ and thus making this course a prerequisite for ‘University teaching: putting theory into practice’. Therefore, you need to finish ‘(Re)designing a course’ before you can participate in the University teaching course. If you have not taken ‘(Re)designing a course’ please register for it as well. 

Literature

- You will receive the course reader a few weeks before the start of the course.
- C. Butcher: Designing Learning; from module outline to effective teaching. (2006)

Certificate

You will be awarded your certificate at the end of the course if you have actively participated in the class meetings and completed the preparation assignments

For the assignment "design a course that uses IT" you will get a separate certificate.

Costs

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