Master of Didactics in excellent teaching, AU

CESU is a part of a unique educational project developing educators in higher education in Poland.

What is Master of Didactics in excellent teaching?

Master of Excellent Teaching is a one-year teacher training programme within higher education that is developed by two learning centres at Aarhus University, Center of Health Sciences Education (CESU), Faculty of Health and Science and Technology Learning Lab (STLL), Faculty of Science and Technology in collaboration with Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland and is running from March 2019 until March 2022.

The project is headed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland and funded by the European Social Fund within the framework of the Knowledge Education Development Operational Programme. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland have made partnership agreements with a number of the leading European Universities to enhance excellent teaching and tutoring, including Aarhus University.

Running from 2019 to 2022

The project started March 2019 where we received the first team of 24 highly skilled and very motivated Polish lectures/senior lectures representing various fields of studies. They attended the blended learning course consisting of both on-line learning and two course-visits at Aarhus University over a period of 2 1/2 months. All participants showed a remarkable engagement in developing teaching and tutoring – and the collaboration with the trainer team was very fruitful. Full of learning, insights, creativity, and knowledge sharing. A spirit and steep learning curve that were followed by online feedback, peer-feedback, and webinars qualifying the development of their individual educational project - a learning and tutoring design – to be implemented at their home institution. The so-called tutorial.

Our first team of participants will complete Master of Didactics in excellent teaching end February 2020, where we will celebrate their effort and learning and they will receive their well-earned certificates from AU. We are looking forward to following our first team of Polish educators, but also welcoming new teams in 2020 and 2021.

The course – in short

Master of Didactics in excellent teaching is a blended learning course – i.e. combining online and face-to face teaching and learning – and taking place both at Aarhus University and at the participant´s home institution. The course deals with key concepts and methods including aspects such as quality teaching, didactics, tutoring, feedback, and assessment and is, with regard to pedagogical approach, characterized by active learning and participation, constructive alignment, and the use of educational technologies. Additionally, the course aims at creating a strong and engaged cross-disciplinary community between the participants, supporting professional reflection and discussion concerning own teaching and tutoring practice - as well as challenges. Last, but not least, there will be a strong focus on, how to apply the new knowledge, skills, and competences at home institution.

Last, but not least, the participants are during the course introduced to the Aarhus University’s approach to university teaching and learning, and how tutoring are approached.

Target group and teachers

The target group is Polish associate professors and professors within all academic disciplines in higher education, and they will be taught by selected lectures/senior lectures in pedagogy, didactics, and tutoring within different academic disciplines and specialized pedagogical consultants and educational developers from both of the two learning center, CESU and STLL, at Aarhus University.

The course progress and the division of in- and out-off-class activities are pictured at fig. 1. Representing the second team, we will both enroll online and welcome in Aarhus!

The form of the course?

The course integrates both online learning space and the physical learning space into an active blended learning environment. Thus, the course consists of three weeks online module with socializing, tasks, reflection, and feedback. The online module is followed by two week face-to-face modules at Aarhus University campus. The two visits consists of a mix of lecturing, workshops, active learning, supervision, and developing own tutorial project. Moreover, the visits includes introduction to the Danish educational system and visits to different centers of expertise, academic milieus, and examples of teaching and tutoring in practice. After the second visit, the participants will work for half a year with their own tutoring project at their home institution. Both between visit one and two, and after visit two the participants are active online and will receive online supervision by the teacher team at Aarhus University.

The course progress and the division of in- and out-off-class activities are pictured at fig. 1. Representing the second team, we will both enroll online and welcome in Aarhus!

Fig. 1

What are the learning outcomes?

After the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Plan and execute well aligned teaching, tutoring, and assessment activities within their own disciplines

  • Use and evaluate educational technologies to promote active learning, assessment for learning, and feedback for groups and individual students

  • Organize teaching and learning activities that allows the individual student to evaluate their own academic progress and development potential

  • Describe and argue for your supervision practice of individuals and groups

  • Discuss and critical reflect on quality teaching, didactics, assessment, evaluation, and students as learners

  • Receive and provide peer feedback to improve own teaching practice

  • Disseminate teaching practices and experiences to colleagues

What are the advantages of joining Master of Didactics in excellent Teaching?

  • Opportunities for professional development of your teacher and tutor skills and competences and thereby developing your own teaching practice

  • Experiencing best practices at Aarhus University including state-of-the-art, knowledge, tools, methods, practices, and examples of teaching and learning activities, blended learning concepts, and educational technology

  • Applying and adapting both theory and practice of teaching and learning to your home institution through a guided learning process

  • Dedicated, ambitious, and friendly teachers creating a positive atmosphere and a fruitful learning process aiming at the best possible experience and learning impact for all the participants

  • Meeting committed colleagues form a diversity of disciplines and universities in Poland

  • Participating in dialogue and reflections with peer colleagues on course topics, experiences, ideas, and challenges

  • Receiving formative feedback throughout the course from teachers and peer colleagues on tasks, processes, and on your own learning design for a tutorial at your own institution

What do the participants say?

Participant statements from course evaluation (on-site courses), 2019:

It was fantastic course. Excellently organized and presented. The Educator[s] have been very well prepared and with all the activities fulfilled my expectation. I have learned a lot, I will spread the knowledge among my colleagues. I feel better prepare to conduct my learning. I could reflect on my mistakes and I got the tools how I can improve my teaching.”

The whole course was extremely interesting and productive. Not only tutoring methods but also didactic and teaching process."

I saw how several components of learning process can work in practice at my university it was a very needed experience.”