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Basics of Teaching and Learning at the Freie Universität Berlin

(XAM562-WS19 20)


Dr. Sebastian Walzik


WS19 20


2 Termine (8 Dstd.)





Do/Fr, 18./19.6.2020, 9:00 s.t. - 17:00 Uhr

Attendance at this workshop does not earn any credits for the SUPPORT certifcate program.

Teaching in a foreign culture requires a lot – especially for international teaching staff and research fellows who may not have a specific education in university-teaching and learning. This course can be seen as some kind of welcome-seminar to teaching and learning in general and especially to the specific culture at the Freie Universität Berlin. It will cover basic topics of educational psychology, provides some tool for preparing your lectures and prepares you for habits and conventions in Berlin such as the grading system and communication between teaching staff and students.

If you participate in this workshop,
•    You will understand basics of how people learn.
•    You will reflect your role as a teacher at a university and develop a professional self-concept of university-teaching.
•    You will be able to distinguish between working processes and learning processes and design your teaching in a way to evoke and support learning processes of your students purposefully.
•    You will be able to formulate appropriate learning targets and competences
•    You will understand the role of Problems and Cognitive Dissonances for Learning and use concepts of Problem Based Learning (PBL) to design your teaching.
•    You will be able to come up with a plan for your next semester course.
•    You will be familiar to habits and conventions (e.g. grading system and communication between teaching staff and students).

•    A constructivist model of teaching and learning
•    Target-oriented teaching and learning
•    Confinements of learning
•    Constructive Alignment
•    Working processes vs. learning processes
•    Concept of Competences
•    Bloom’s taxonomy of learning
•    Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
•    A toolbox of teaching methods

Trainer inputs, discussion and exchange of experiences & opinions

Course Language: English