Research and teaching are closely linked. As a member of our teaching staff, you have the important task of training the excellent FAU researchers of the future. However, teaching is a skill which has to be learnt. We have excellent teacher training specialists on hand to help you with modules tailored to meet your needs aimed at helping you design and develop your own teaching methods and classes. During the semester, you can actively work on your own lectures with our experts and put what you have learnt into practice straight away.
You are given support in analogue university teaching (module E1) as well as in the up and coming area of online teaching (module E2), and have plenty of opportunity to keep improving and fine-tuning your teaching skills.
You can choose between the modules E1: Advanced Higher Education – Focus on your own teaching and E2 Online teaching, as each module is one independent unit.
Please register for the modules via StudOn.
This workshop focuses on creating your own teaching profile. Over the course of the workshop you reflect on your previous teaching experience and draw up a teaching portfolio. Teaching portfolios are becoming increasingly important when applying for a new position. A typical teaching portfolio gives a brief outline of your previous teaching experience but focuses mainly on your fundamental understanding of teaching (teaching philosophy), gives examples of your teaching, explains the motivation behind your teaching and details how you see your teaching developing in future. Teaching portfolios are a recognised and established means of tracking the development of your teaching skills. In this module, you work on your teaching portfolio during a blended learning workshop. You are given individual support whilst reflecting on your teaching and drawing up your own teaching portfolio.
- Create your own teaching portfolio
- Expand your knowledge of specific topics tailored to your own situation, for example skills-oriented teaching.
- Benefit from the expertise of experienced teaching specialists for your own lectures and seminars, even during the current semester.
The module consists of a two-day blended learning workshop.
The kick-off session starts with an introduction to the seminar and covers the basics of a teaching portfolio (four units of 45 minutes each). During the current semester, you then have sufficient time to take various StudOn courses on specific topics during the self-study phase (eight units of 45 minutes each). The aim is to come up with a rough draft of your own teaching portfolio within this period. The module finishes with a feedback session with the other participants in which you present your teaching portfolio and have the opportunity to give it a final polish and fill in any gaps there may be (four units of 45 minutes each).
16 April 2021, 9am to 12.30pm: Online seminar via Zoom, introductory session and an introduction to the basics of a teaching portfolio.
16 April – 25 June 2021: Self-study phase via StudOn
25 June 2021, 9am to 12.30pm: Online seminar via Zoom, final session, feedback, focus on innovative university teaching
Location: online/face-to-face sessions
Coach: The Centre for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL) has gathered a lot of experience in improving teaching skills, and collaborates closely with the other Bavarian universities. With a close-knit network of lecturers and their own expertise, the FBZHL is able to deal with all topics of relevance to universities and science.
This practice-oriented module encourages participants to explore familiar (media-based) teaching concepts in more detail, giving teaching staff a valuable tool kit to help engage their students. Combining face-to-face and online sessions and adjusting examination formats accordingly can generate a noticeable change in the teaching/learning process. The teacher becomes less of a source of knowledge and more of a mentor, encouraging students to take on more responsibility for their own learning.
- Learn how to devise and elaborate your own media-based teaching concepts for your teaching units.
- Design teaching and learning settings tailored to your needs.
- Try out your own specific digital concept during the current semester.
- Reflect on your own teaching skills and take them to the next level.
The module is held over the course of the semester. It consists of online seminars and self-study/development phases. The online seminars are split into two sessions lasting four hours and four sessions lasting one and a half hours.
20 April 2021, 2pm to 5pm: Introduction to the module and first block (virtual meeting via Zoom)
20 April 2021 – 4 May 2021: Self-study phase via StudOn, focused on designing a media-based teaching concept
4 May 2021, 3.30pm to 5pm: Online seminar via Zoom, feedback on progress so far and content covered in the previous self-study phase
4 May – 18 May 2021: Self-study phase via StudOn, focused on how to transfer knowledge
18 May 2021, 3.30pm to 5pm: Online seminar via Zoom, feedback on progress so far and content covered in the previous self-study phase
18 May – 8 June 2021: Self-study phase via StudOn, focusing on communication, feedback, mentoring and engaging students.
8 June 2021, 3.30pm to 5pm: Online seminar via Zoom, feedback on progress so far and content covered in the previous self-study phase
8 June – 22 June 2021: Self-study phase via StudOn, focusing on examinations, and covering the theory and practice of holding remote and electronic examinations.
22 June 2021, 3.30pm to 5pm: Online seminar via Zoom, feedback on progress so far and content covered in the previous self-study phase
22 June – 6 July 2021: Final self-study phase and completion of teaching project
6 July 2021, 2pm – 5pm: Closing event, presentation of teaching project and feedback
Location: online/face-to-face sessions
Coach: The Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) is the centre for excellence in e-learning at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and is one of the research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology. An interdisciplinary team of roughly 30 experts from the humanities and technical subjects carry out research and design concepts for digital, media-based lifelong learning, covering the whole spectrum from school children to older adults. As part of a large network of European and national partners, ILI is involved in various different projects and offers services, advice and knowledge transfer.