This course is aimed at Ph.D. students who may work with different kinds of teaching. The course includes group work, individual work, mandatory meetings, and online work in Canvas. The main objective is to provide an opportunity to develop a foundation that enables the development of the participants’ teaching and their students’ learning.
The course has a high demand and the number of applicants often exceeds the number of places. It is important that at registration you are aware that you are expected to spend 80 hours on the course including mandatory meetings during the course period.
The first meeting is compulsory without exception. You must attend 5 out of the 6 meetings in order to pass the course. As we have designed the meetings with much interaction between the students, active participation is necessary to make the course both interesting and evolving for you and your course colleagues. There is a preparation task before every meeting.
Headings denoted with an asterisk ( * ) is retrieved from the course syllabus version Autumn 2020
Content and learning outcomes
The main themes for the course are:
Basis for learning and teaching
Natural learning environments
Teaching of engineering sciences
Feedback and supervision
Interviews and group work
Recording of teaching
Your development as teacher
Intended learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
apply basic concepts, materials and methods, as well as conditions for teaching and learning in higher education;
discuss her/his own role in relation to sustainable development with focus on learning and teaching their own subject;
present and explain subjects, and carry out activating assignments in their own knowledge field;
give and receive feedback with focus on analysing, evaluating and developing teaching and learning;
extract the most interesting parts of a scientific study and present it in an interesting way with focus on learning;
analise a chosen area of a field study and relate the findings to their own teaching practice, for the development of their own educational skills and ability as teacher in the long run.
In order to achieve the intented learning outcomes of the course, students will mainly work in groups of 4-5 students. Active participation in various group discussions is required throughout the course.
Preparations before course start
Access the course website in Canvas and go through the material under Modules (General Course Information and Meeting 1). For optimal group work, preparation before meetings is essential.
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Sign on to Mentimeter and log in via single sign on (SSO).
Bain, K. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. The book is available online (in Canvas).
Other articles, links and films are provided in the course website Canvas.
As the course presently runs online, we recommend the use of a headset instead of the built-in microphone and speaker in a computer.
Support for students with disabilities
Students at KTH with a permanent disability can get support during studies from Funka: