University pedagogy for experienced teachers, UP

UP is an education for experienced teachers who wish to work systematically with the development of their understanding of university teaching and how students learn. The education has content and form tailored to experienced teachers. UP will enable the participants to document teaching and learning outcomes and to reflect upon the obtained results in order to increase their understanding of the relation between teaching and learning, and to disseminate knowledge on a theoretical basis. UP has by and large the same learning objectives as the educational program for new faculty members at DTU, UDTU, and provides the same qualifications.

The aims of UP are that the participants

  • Acquire research-based knowledge of university teaching; education and learning so that they can develop their teaching practice and enhance their understanding of university teaching.

  • Plan and start the development of own teaching practice, e.g. a course revision.

  • Meet DTU educational key persons and build a network of dialogue partners in university teaching.

  • Learn the terminology related to teaching and learning at university level that colleagues who have participated in the educational program for new faculty members (UDTU) apply.

Qualified prerequisites
UP will give you as an experienced university teacher opportunity to develop your course and give you new perspectives on teaching and learning. To participate in UP, you must be an active university teacher with substantial experience from research based teaching and education.

We consider you as experienced if you have:

  • Had course responsibility for courses at B.Sc. and/or M.Sc. level and been planning courses at university level.

  • Built a course for B.Sc. or M.Sc. students from scratch or have taken over an existing course and run it at least 2-3 times.

To put it briefly: ”You have been at the coal-face”.

Central ideas
The UP education is based on the participants' teaching practice. UP opens with discussions, exploration and analysis of the participants own practice. Thereafter follows teaching and learning theory, theory and methodology for course planning, the orchestration of learning, assessment and research-based teaching. Through the education each participant prepares a proposal for revision of an own course. To finalise UP each participant presents an implementation plan for the course revision and receive individual feedback and coaching from the course leaders and the other participants in smaller groups.

Learning objectives
A participant who has met the objectives of the education will be able to:

  • Explain  the most important prerequisites for student learning in Higher Education.

  • Set up learning objectives for a course in order to support the development of engineering disciplinary knowledge and competencies.

  • Identify core elements in a course curriculum related to the learning objectives.

  • Design a course with teaching and assessment methods that support students’ deep approach to learning and match the level of the learning objectives.

  • Test students’ pre-knowledge and learning outcome in a course.

  • Analyse and critically evaluate the impact of a course design on student learning.

  • Generate new ideas of how to develop and improve teaching by using evaluations of own teaching practice.

  • Use methods to continually develop your understanding of teaching and learning.

  • Document teaching and learning outcomes on a theoretical basis for knowledge dissemination, e.g. presentations at seminars and conference on engineering education or journal articles.

Duration of education and dates
The duration is one semester and consists of:

  1. Tuesday September 26, 2017: "My teaching" (DTU SKYLAB, Skybox)

  2. Friday November 3, 2017: "To explore your own teaching practice" (DTU, Building 101A, Meetingcenter, room S02)

  3. Monday - Wednesday, November 27-29, 2017: "To design teaching - to stage learning" (in-house course, 2.5 days). Schæffergården, Gentofte,

  4. Friday December 15, 2017: "Quality in teaching and learning at universities" (DTU, Building 101A, Meetingcenter, room S04)

  5. Friday January 19, 2018: Delivery of implementation plan for the course revision

  6. Thursday February 22 and Friday February 23, 2018: Individual feedback and coaching on delivered material  (½ day per participant) (DTU - meeting room to be announced later)

  7. August 2018: A follow-up day (will be decided later)  

Practical information
The workload is estimated to be 140 hours.

The cost of the course is DKK 20,000. This includes seminars, feedback on assignments, teaching materials, administration and catering and accommodation during the residential course. In case of cancellation later than 4 weeks before start of the education full price has to be paid.

Restriction: Maximum of 16 participants.

The education is conducted in Danish or English according to the participants needs.

The textbook is Biggs & Tang "Teaching for Quality Learning at University", which is also used at UDTU. Furthermore, relevant articles that connects to the participants' individual work on their own teaching.

Education responsible and course leaders: Educational consultant Pernille Andersson, LearningLab DTU & Associate Professor Claus Thorp Hansen, DTU Mechanical Engineering.

Contact the pedagogical coordinator at your department or Pernille Andersson LearningLab DTU, 4525 7346,

If you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to contact educational consultant Pernille Anderson, 452 57346, or course coordinator Rikke Byrsting, 452 51120,
19 FEBRUARY 2018