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CPS: Start to Teach

Taking steps in your professional development as a teacher
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As a PhD student, teaching can be part of your training or job description. 'Start to teach' is aimed at the first principles of being a teacher, through a series of workshops filled with exercises and assignments that will support you in planning and preparing your teaching activities, involving and activating students, giving feedback and marking exams and assignments.

The training will start a few weeks before the start of your teaching activities. Assignments will continue during your teaching activities to enable on-the-job reflection. Practical assignments will be provided via Nestor.

Target group PhD students with teaching activities
Level No (educational) experience required

Semester 2A/Block 3
Januari 30, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.)
Februari 13, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 5, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 19, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Semester 2B/Block 4
April 7, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.)
April 21, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
May 7, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
May 19, 2020 (9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Study load 42 hours (1,5 ECTS); preparation of assignments is required before meeting attendance

450 EUR (course offered by the Graduate schools)
200 euros for PhD Scholarship students*

Number of participants 10-24
Language English

Successful completion of all assignments and 75% attendance will award you a certificate. Please note that the first session is absolutely mandatory in order to follow the course.

Entry knowledge

For this training you will need:
Assigned teaching activities during the training programme
English language skills at a sufficient level to present and to participate in discussions with peers

Contact info

For more information: contact the team of Start to Teach (

* PhD Scholarship students can request a further reduction in costs if you do not have sufficient budget to cover the costs for this course. Please send an email to phd-cps after you have registered.

Learning Objectives

After completing the training you will be able to:


  1. Describe the design of your course, including the learning objectives, and the teaching and assessment methods that are chosen for the course you will teach
  2. Describe the outline and preparation of a tutorial or lab work
  3. Define and plan your own responsibilities in collaboration with the course coordinator
  4. Make your expectations of students explicit, in order to overcome problems with cultural differences

Carrying out interactive lectures and tutorials

  1. Teach interactive lectures and tutorials to small groups (20-25) of students, which includes: providing explanations, leading different types of conversations with students, formulate clear assignments for students, and adapt to prior knowledge and expectations
  2. Prepare materials for students
  3. Solve problems (in the international classroom) in order to create an inclusive classroom environment

Feedback and Assessment

  1. Provide feedback on student work (in a verbal and written form)
  2. Mark student work reliably and transparently


'The environment was positively challenging. I liked to do the course with people not in my field, know their problems , and have an external point of view to solve mine.'

What was the most important thing you learned during the training?
Participant: 'To be a good teacher, one has to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of oneself. A good teacher is not only knowledgeable, but also good at giving this knowledge to other people with various personalities and backgrounds. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of yourself, allows to assess your quality as a teacher at various situations and if necessary, make adjustments in behaviour.'

Last modified:18 November 2019 11.42 a.m.