Introduction to University Teaching for PhD Students

Introduction to the course

Introduction to University Teaching for PhD Students (new format!)

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


Based on applicable pedagogical theories and models, this course supports PhD students in preparing for teaching, developing and evaluating their teaching courses. 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 covers the following topics and themes:

  • Teaching and Learning: active learning, teacher role and diversity in the classroom
  • Formative and Summative assessment, peer feedback and aligning assessment for learning 

There are three dates for the course. All participants should make sure that they are registered in Blackboard, the university’s learning management system, to begin online work on the first course date. The course begins with an online session where each participant is allocated a reflection group to carry out the online work through Blackboard. On the second and third dates, students meet face-to-face in the classroom. Between the second and third date the participants will continue working in groups online. The participants complete a learning portfolio based on their own teaching experiences in relation to the topics and principles covered during the course.

The final product 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.  

See the model (for the course in Aarhus) below:

  • Day 1, September 21: Preparation - Online
  • Day 2, November 2: Concept Development - meeting in building 1483/454
  • Group work and reflections: online
  • Day 3, November 30: Assessment and Diversity - meeting in building 1483/454

Read more about the course


None, but students should follow the course in connection with their first teaching assignment 


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)
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 teaching sessions and participate in the online group work. 


The course will be held at:

  • Aarhus (Spring and Fall):
    Day 2 and 3: Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media (CUDiM), Nobelparken, Building 1483/454, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Emdrup (Spring):
Campus Emdrup, DPU, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV. Building A, Room A408


  • Register for course: See up under registration
  • Course meeting times: 9:00-15:30
  • Number of participants: Maximum 30
  • Refreshments: Morning coffee/tea, and cake. Lunchsandwich, water, coffee/tea (only served at the meeting times)