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Introduction to Teaching

Previous title: Teaching training for Teaching Assistants and PhDs

Target group Teaching-assistants, PhD's without educational activities, student assistants.
Level * (No (educational) experience required)

Monday 9 September 2019: 9.30-13.00 &
Thursday 12 September 2019: 9.30-16.30

Study load 30 hours (including the meetings).
Price For University of Groningen staff members: EUR 750 (excl. book: Teaching Psychology: A Step-By-Step Guide by Sandra Goss Lucas and Douglas A. Bernstein).
Number of participants 6-8 participants
Certificate You will be awarded a certificate at the end of this course.
Language Depending on the registrations: Dutch/English spoken

As a teaching assistant you might be involved in teaching and learning activities. Most of the times, this will be your first encounter with standing in front of a class or guiding a group of students. All kinds of questions might come up, like:

  • How can I structure my interactive lectures?
  • How do I deal with questions from students?
  • How do I set the right tone from the beginning?
  • How do I deal with differences in prior knowledge within the group?

This course will focus on questions like these. By practising you will increase your didactic skills.
The course has a blended set-up. You will be asked to enrol in the online course Becoming a Student Assistant: Teaching and Mentoring on the online platform Futurelearn. As a preparation for the first face-to-face meeting, you will be asked to take part in a couple of learning activities in this online course. Next to the online aspect there will be in total three face-to-face meetings. In the second meeting you will have the opportunity to practice one of the teaching activities you have to give during the semester. Consequently, you should schedule some preparation time in your agenda between the first and the second meeting. The last meeting will focus on issues you might have encountered during your teaching activities and on discussing themes suggested by the participants .

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Give a well-founded opinion of what is a good university teacher;
  • Identify the basic principles for designing a course;
  • Specify the aspects of how to teach a small group session in an interactive way while paying attention to classroom management and atmosphere;
  • Take into account the prior knowledge of your students in your teaching activities;
  • Prepare and structure teaching activities.


  • 'This course was a good starting point, teaching you the necessary basic elements';
  • 'I have learned what it feels like to stand in front of a class, to keep calm and create structure';
  • 'I found the interactive nature and the group discussions very pleasant.'
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