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Science Teaching

Preparing you for teaching

Are you about to teach for the first time as a PhD student? Have you experienced challenges during your teaching? Would you like to discuss and further develop your teaching practice?

The course Science Teaching offers you the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and be able to plan and carry out effective science teaching that supports student learning via active preparation and participation.

The course has been developed through a partnership between ST Learning Lab and the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

Short introduction

The course objective is to improve your teaching skills and teaching competences. The course provides guidance, inspiration, and tools for improving your teaching practice.

During the course, you will try out several teaching tools and techniques before implementing them in your own teaching.

The course addresses both traditional and online teaching, and you can specialise your skills according to the types of teaching that are most relevant to you.

Go to the GSST website for more information about course schedules, deadlines for signing up, and registration.


The course addresses science teaching at university level and covers all types of teaching relevant at Science and Technology, such as small class teaching/theoretical exercises (TØ), laboratory teaching (LØ), lecturing, online teaching, outreach activities, and field trips.

The course will focus on the following themes:

  1. Learning theory.
  2. Planning teaching activities according to learning goals.
  3. Assessment and feedback for learning.
  4. Classroom management for active preparation for and participation in teaching.
  5. Presentation skills.
  6. Methods for development of own teaching including peer observation and feedback.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan and implement teaching activities to support student learning according to learning outcomes.
  • Apply tools for classroom management to motivate students’ active preparation and participation.
  • Use effective feedback to assess and support student learning.
  • Identify and evaluate solutions to challenges in own teaching.
  • Use peer observation and feedback to develop own teaching practice.
  • Develop presentations targeting a specific audience.


The main idea is that you will develop and implement teaching activities in your own teaching in the duration of the course. This process will be inspired by the course content and stimulated by feedback from teachers and peers. During course days, you will have the opportunity to try out several teaching tools and techniques before using it in your own teaching. Therefore, it is essential that you meet one another during course days distributed over an entire semester.

The course consists of a 20-hour online course over a two-week period and three obligatory course days with exemplary face-to-face teaching demonstrating several teaching methods. In addition, you are required to do several assignments, participate in group work and in online teaching. 

Evaluation: Your learning will be assessed based on your participation during class, assessment of your online contributions, and the quality of your final poster. 


  • ECTS credits: 3 ECTS
  • Language: English
  • Target group: PhD  students at Science and Technology
  • Time: spring and autumn
  • Capacity: 72 participants
  • Place: AU Campus, Aarhus

Target group

All PhD students who have any kind of teaching obligations as a part of their employment as PhD fellow or as student teacher.


ST Learning Lab, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.