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Introduction to University Teaching for PhD Students

Introduction to the course

Introduction to University Teaching for PhD Students

A Blended Learning course compulsory for all PhD students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts, Aarhus University 


Based on applicable pedagogical theories and models, this course supports PhD students in preparing for teaching, developing and evaluating their teaching. Participants plan and develop their own teaching as part of the course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to describe, analyze, and critically reflect on the pedagogical strategies required when planning and carrying out their own teaching.

Content and format

The course includes the following topics and themes:

  • Quality in teaching
  • Taxonomies
  • Alignment
  • Active learning
  • Formative & summative assessment
  • Inclusion
  • Teacher roles

The course starts with out-of-class preparation, including individual and group activities. The students meet face-to-face (F2F) in two classroom sessions. Between the two classroom sessions, the participants will continue working out of class individually and in groups. The participants complete a learning portfolio based on their own teaching experiences in relation to the topics and principles covered during the course.

The concluding assignment draws on the material in the learning portfolio and is either a personal mini-teaching portfolio or development work that may be used as resource material for AU Educate, a web resource with examples of good teaching practices at Arts, written for and by faculty members.

The course model:

  • Out-of-class preparation in Blackboard
  • F2F classroom session, 9:15-15:00
  • Out-of-class activities
  • F2F classroom session, 9:15-15:00
  • Concluding assignment 

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None, but students should ideally follow the course just before or during their first teaching assignment and students should be enrolled at The faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. 


By default, the course is in English. However, it can be held in Danish if so wished by all participants. Group work can be in both English and Danish.

Course Requirements

This course is allotted 2 ECTS credits (50 hours of coursework)
The requirements are:

  1. To complete the learning portfolio
  2. To submit either a personal mini-teaching portfolio or development work which may be used as resource material for AU Educate
  3. To attend both the face-to-face classroom sessions and complete the out-of-class activities. 


The course will be held at:

  • Aarhus University, Aarhus (Spring and Fall)
  • Campus Emdrup (Spring)


  • Register for course: See up under registration
  • Before you sign up make sure that you can attend both the face-to-face classroom sessions and participate in the out-of-class activities. Attendance at both F2F classroom sessions is mandatory
  • Course sessions times: 9:15-15:00
  • Number of participants: Maximum 30
  • Refreshments: Morning coffee/tea, and "cake". Lunch: sandwich/wrap, water, coffee/tea