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Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3 credits)

This course is for English-speaking teachers, especially doctoral students/post-doctoral researchers who teach or are about to assume teaching duties. This course will serve as a foundation for your professional development as a university teacher.

The language of instruction is English

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (15 credits)

The importance of pedagogically skilled teachers is taken seriously here at the University of Borås. All employees should be offered the opportunity to professional development, and the appointment procedure for permanent employment as assistant professor, senior lecturer or lecturer requires 10 weeks of full-time education or otherwise acquired knowledge. This is why the Department of Educational Research and Development offers the course Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (15 credits) every semester in order to continuously give the university’s teachers the opportunity to acquire the required basic teaching skills.

The language of instruction is Swedish.

Supervising Students in Undergraduate Programme (7.5 credits)

The Department of Educational Research and Development offers training in supervision for teachers or doctoral students who supervise or will supervise students in their degree projects. The course comprises 7.5 credits and takes place during six scheduled full days.

The course gives an introduction to supervision, including overall regulations, the role of the supervisor, different parts of supervision, quality criteria, and ethical aspects. The content is partially designed together with the participants in order to cater to programme and faculty specific needs as well as individual requests. The course is examined through an individual assignment and a well-prepared seminar.

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Supervising Doctoral Students

As a part of the university’s strategy to develop the overall competence of the supervisors, the Department of Educational Research and Development offers a course for teachers with a doctoral degree who supervise or soon will supervise doctoral students.

The purpose of the course is to provide a deeper understanding for supervising doctoral students in relation to the prerequisites and conditions of third-cycle programmes and the phases of the research process. The course includes central themes such as the objectives of third-cycle programmes, content and form, as well as local, national, and international regulations. Study cultures and different dimensions of power relationships in connection to supervision are discussed. The course also problematises supervision styles, situations, and the role of the supervisor as well as different phases of the research process such as planning, critical thinking, and evaluation and communication of research results. The course comprises lectures, group discussions, literature seminars, and different exercises.

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Norm Critical Approach in Higher Education (5 credits)

A norm critical approach means that we review and question that which we find normal instead of that which we find deviant. This course offers the participants both the theoretical and the practical tools necessary for identifying and taking a stand for the norms that concern our daily work in higher education.

Testing norm critical methods is an important part of the course. The teaching is based on the participants’ experiences and active participation. For example, this may involve participation in planning and conducting seminars as well as exchanging experiences.

This course is open to all staff at the university. The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Learning and Teaching for Sustainable Development (5 credits)

Sustainable development is a prioritised area for the University of Borås, and this course is part of a common formulation of what that could mean for our education. The course is aimed at teaching staff who have taken the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education course and want to deepen their knowledge.

In this course, the participants will work on their own to a large extent with their current as well as their future education as a starting point. Their teaching practice will be related to central concepts as well as current research in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

ICT-facilitated Education in Higher Education (7.5 credits)

The purpose of this course is to increase the ability of the university’s teachers to conduct ICT-facilitated education as well as understand today’s digital resources. Practical examples of ICT support for education will be presented and discussed. The course includes conducting a project with its starting point in your own teaching. The course is aimed at teachers who have taken the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education course and want to deepen their knowledge.

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

How do we create equal conditions when everyone is different?

The Department of Educational Research and Development offers a workshop where we together reflect on how increased knowledge about norms could contribute to equal conditions for students. We will also test practical tools in order to work more inclusively.

In higher educations, all students should be able to trust norms related to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, function, age, or socio-economics not affecting their treatment or education. For this, we need norm conscious staff. Norms are a sort of reference framework that guides us in our daily whereabouts, as teachers as well as in life in general. We need norms because they make it easier for us to point out what is desirable in different contexts, but unfortunately they also limit our opportunities to fully become the people we wish to be and live our lives the way we want.

You will be given an introduction to theories about norms and their meaning, and together we discuss how norms affect our professional practices.

The language of the workshop is Swedish. 

PING PONG

This course is for beginners or those who want to freshen up their knowledge regarding the learning platform PING PONG. The aim of the course is to provide you with a basis for using PING PONG in your teaching or in other situations where PING PONG can be a useful tool.

The language of instruction is Swedish.

Teaching and learning in higher education – for beginners

This introduction is aimed at newly employed teachers without previous teaching experience and is offered continuously when needed. The introduction is given individually or in group, and comprises approximately half a day. The course treats different forms of teaching, course planning, and presentation techniques.

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Academic Writing

The university regularly offers education and supervision in academic writing in English. The aim is to make more teachers want to publish contributions in English-language journals and/or present at international conferences. Academic Writing is aimed at all staff with an idea of something to publish, who has conducted an empirical study or development work, and/or those who previously published in Swedish. Those who are on their way with an article or conference paper are also welcome to attend.

Julie Allan, visiting professor at the Department of Educational Research and Development, holds the workshops and supervision. All participants receive the book Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals (Thomson & Kamler, 2012). 

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Examination, assessment and grading in higher education

The Department of Educational Research and Development arranges a seminar series on the themes examination, assessment, and grading in higher education. The seminars are open to all teachers at the University of Borås with an interest in these issues and who want to develop their assessment skills.

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Rules in all glory – but what about practice?

Supporting students with disabilities, how do I do that? This is a crash course for teaching staff on how to provide support and at the same time set up routines at the faculty. In the course we go through the following:

  • News in the Discrimination Act
  • Rules for supporting students with disabilities
  • “How did we do it?” Teachers’ experiences of giving support
  • Discussion and questions based on the participants’ experiences of the established rules

The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Professional development in quantitative methods in pedagogical degree projects

The target group of the course is supervisors/researchers.

The language of instruction is Swedish.