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Perspectives on Course Design

This course is one of the compulsory courses for a teaching position at the faculty (training in teaching and learning in higher education).

Target group 
Anyone who teaches or is about to teach students at the Faculty of Medicine and who wants training on teaching and learning and/or require the course to apply for a teaching position.

Admission requirements
Completion of the course Perspectives on Learning. The previous course Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education plus the course Learning - Theory and Application can replace Perspectives on learning.

The aim of the course is to prepare the participants for taking on a course responsibility. The participants will be provided with opportunities to increase their understanding of student learning and course design, and to become more familiar with the literature on teaching and learning in higher education. Furthermore, participants get the opportunity to develop their own teaching through the individual course assignment.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the course, participants shall be able to

  • analyse a university course within the own subject field regarding its learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, assessment and evaluation based on relevant pedagogical literature
  • be able to formulate learning outcomes and based on these to plan and argue for teaching and learning activities, assessment and evaluation with support in pedagogical theory and within existing frameworks
  • identify factors that characterise inclusive pedagogy
  • reflect on the importance of the learning environment for learning
  • explain what self-directed learning can mean and how a portfolio tool can support it
  • be able to utilize own and others' experiences and communicate relevant results of own pedagogical development work to colleagues.

Scope and assessment
The course is equivalent of 120 hours of work. In order to receive a course certificate, attendance and active participation in all parts of the course is required, as well as passed course assignments. All course elements must be completed within two years from the start of the course.

The next course round in English is not yet scheduled.

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Course content 
The course is based on a number of core concepts with relevance to course design: self-directed learning, assessment, view of knowledge and learning environment as well as leadership in education. Modules on writing learning outcomes, choice of pedagogical working methods and assessment are included. The course is based on literature and research in teaching and learning in higher education.

Course design 
The course is given online. Presentations, group discussions and auscultation are included in the course. The participants will work on a pedagogical development project for their own teaching. During the course, all course assignments are collected in an individual portfolio. Specified literature is indicated for each scheduled meeting. To a large extent the work takes place in groups that stay together throughout the course.

Number of participants
If too few participants sign up the course might be cancelled.

Books and articles are announced at the start of the course. Everything is available electronically.

Gunilla Amnér

This course is formally a form of staff training and will thus not give any credits. However, a passed course can be referred to in assessments of competence in university teaching. In order to make use of the course in other contexts (for example in another university), it is for the other body to decide if the course corresponds to a certain number of credits. In such counts the amount of spent time will be used (“workload”), for which information is given in the course certificates.

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