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UTQ Module - Designing & Evaluating

It is not permitted to register prior to the UTQ/BKO intake meeting with an educational advisor of the department Educational Support & Innovation. Read more and register for the intake meeting on the UTQ/BKO page.

In this module we focus on the learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, assessment tasks, and the level of constructive alignment between these elements. We reflect on the way your course fits with the curriculum and the vision of your faculty. Besides this, you learn how to design courses that take a diverse student population into account. Finally, we discuss the way course evaluation gives you input when improving your course design. By doing assignments you work on the (re)design of your course.


Module September 2022
Workshop 1 (online): Thursday 1 September 2022 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Workshop 2 (on-site @Zernike): Thursday 29 September 2022 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Module November/December 2022
Workshop 1 (online): Wednesday 16 November 2022 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Workshop 2 (on-site @Zernike): Wednesday 14 December 2022 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Module January/February 2023
Workshop 1 (online): Tuesday 17 January 2023 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Workshop 2 (on-site @Zernike): Tuesday 14 February 2023 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Module March/April 2023
Workshop 1 (online): Thursday 9 March 2023 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Workshop 2 (on-site @Zernike): Thursday 6 April 2023 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Module May/June 2023
Workshop 1 (online): Friday 12 May 2023 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Workshop 2 (on-site @Zernike): Friday 9 June 2023 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Target group University teachers in the UTQ programme.
Study load

30-35 hours (including face-to-face sessions)

Number of participants 16-32 participants
Main language English
Price Free of charge, if you are in the UTQ programme.
Time 2 half days
Location Workshop 1 is always an online workshop. Workshop 2 is an on-site workshop at Zernike. 

Learning goals

After completing the training, you will be able to:

  • Design a course according to Bigg's constructive alignment principles.
  • Formulate SMART learning outcomes with the support of Bloom's taxonomy.
  • Reflect on how your course aligns with other courses in the curriculum and the faculty vision.
  • Design a course that takes different preconditions, such as students' educational background, into account.
  • Redesign parts of a course based on course evaluations.
About the UTQ

The University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) is a proof of didactic competence for lecturers in academic education. All lecturers at the University of Groningen are required to obtain this qualification. Lecturers with a UTQ certificate are considered to be qualified for academic teaching by fourteen Dutch research universities. UTQ certification enhances and assures the quality of academic education.

UTQ Quality Requirements

Based on the VSNU UTQ Competences, the University of Groningen chose to emphasize four competences and their related competence requirements. Lecturers must satisfy the following competences in order to be awarded the UTQ:

  1. Design and redesign of teaching: selecting and developing suitable learning outcomes, modes of instruction and modes of assessment that dovetail with the degree programme's learning outcomes.
  2. Teaching and supervising students: being widely deployable in the main modes of instruction in academic teaching.
  3. Testing and assessment: compiling and using modes of assessment that are consistent in content, form and assessment with the learning outcomes and mode of instruction used.
  4. Evaluation: evaluating the teaching using a variety of data sources in order to arrive at a well-reasoned improvement proposal.

Within the framework of the University of Groningen International Classroom project, an addendum to the UTQ quality requirements was drawn up in 2013:

  • International Competence: design en teach courses in an internationalised curriculum.

UTQ Trajectories

At the University of Groningen there are two variants of the UTQ trajectory:

1. UTQ Regular trajectory (<5 years of academic teaching)
2. UTQ-registration (>5 years of academic teaching)

UTQ regular (<5 years experience in Academic Education)
Target audience Teachers of the University of Groningen with less than 5 years of experience in teaching in Higher Education.
Study load 120 -160 hours. The actual study load is variable, depending on your level of expertise at the beginning of the programme.
Duration You can complete the UTQ programme at your own pace. Preferably within 2 years after the intake meeting.
Price € 650 per module + € 750 for the intake*, guidance and assessment.
Certificate After a positive evaluation of your UTQ-portfolio by your UTQ supervisor and the review by the exam committee, you will receive your UTQ-certificate.

*These costs will only be charged if you actually start the UTQ trajectory.

The Programme & UTQ-modules

Your UTQ trajectory will begin with an intake-appointment with the advisor to inform you about the UTQ trajectory and discuss your personal learning goals and wishes for the trajectory. Afterwards, you will use this information to make an action plan, for which you will gather and formulate your personal learning goals for the programme.

During the UTQ-programme you will follow three modules:

These modules are tailored to your teaching practice and will help you further develop your teaching experience. Each module consists of 2 workshops. During these workshops you will receive didactic teaching and make several assignments. The final written assignment of your UTQ programme will be a reflection in which you look back on the trajectory as a whole and look forward to your future development as a teacher. You will then assemble the action plan, completed assignments and final reflection in the UTQ portfolio. This portfolio is assessed by an assessment committee, and further discussed in a review meeting. During this meeting you’ll reflect on your UTQ programme and future development as a university teacher. After a positive evaluation you will receive the UTQ certificate.


For the entirety of your UTQ trajectory you will be guided by an ESI advisor, who is your UTQ supervisor. This member will help you with setting up your action plan, in which you lay out your personal goals and planning for the trajectory. During the trajectory your UTQ supervisor is your person of contact for questions about the trajectory.

UTQ registration (>5 years experience in Academic Education)


In a portfolio you describe your experience with regard to the four BKO quality requirements and you collect examples of your own teaching to substantiate this experience. You also reflect on your teaching and formulate points for improvement. The UTQ registration portfolio is assessed by an assessment committee and in some cases a final interview is held in which your portfolio and your further development as a teacher are discussed. After a positive evaluation you will receive a certificate.

Target group Teachers of the University of Groningen with more than 5 years of experience of teaching in Higher Education.
Study load 10-30 hours.
Duration You can finish the UTQ-trajectory at your own pace. Preferably within 2 years after the intake meeting.
Price There are no costs charged for the UTQ registration process.*
Certificate After a positive evaluation of your UTQ-portfolio by the assessment committee you will receive the UTQ certificate.

* When applying for the UTQ registration you first register for the regular UTQ trajectory. This makes it appear that costs are being charged. However, this invoicing will only take place if you are not eligible for the UTQ registration but are going to follow (part of) the regular UTQ trajectory.

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