ECS-20806 Didactic Skills


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Practical intensively supervised48
Course coordinator(s)ir. B Brinkman
Lecturer(s)N Nammensma
ir. B Brinkman
ir. MJ de Bruijne
ir. WMM Kop
Examiner(s)ir. WMM Kop
ir. B Brinkman

Language of instruction:

Dutch. Students who aren't able to follow the course in Dutch, please contact the contact person.

Continuation courses:

Didactic Skills is the first part of the Minor Education. Also, it is part of the Orientation Program. It can therefore be followed by Becoming a Teacher or Teaching as a Profession.


This course focuses on the development of both teaching and communication skills. These skills are necessary for preparing and conducting presentations, colloquia, lessons and workshops. Not only lectures are practised, but also interactive presentations and short workshops. Exercises prepare the students for three short lessons that students perform for their fellow students. After each teaching experience, feedback is provided by both the teacher and the fellow students.

Learning outcomes:

After this course the students will be able to:
- describe various didactic and communication skills that are related to knowledge transfer and more specific to teaching;
- prepare themselves properly for any (scientific) knowledge transfer activity;
- apply these didactic and communication skills to several forms of knowledge transfer, such as presentations, interactive lectures and workshops;
- adequately use audio-visual aids;
- give constructive feedback on the performance of fellow students;
- receive feedback on their own performance in front of- and within the group and use it for their personal and professional development;
- evaluate their own performance in communicating and teaching;
- write a self-evaluation based on their learning experiences during the course in a report.


The students will analyze their personal experiences with regard to teaching and learning, and formulate personal learning goals based on these experiences. They will give at least three lessons. Observe the lessons of fellow students and provide constructive feedback based on these observations. Students are required to record their learning experiences throughout the course and write a final self-evaluation about their learning experience. Also, they will carry out a small project related to teaching, to practice their experiences in a different educational setting. An additional report is written to prove one's learning experiences outside the course.


The grade will be based on the quality of the reflection report and of the participation in the meetings.


A reader/manual will be provided during the first session.

Restricted Optional for: MBIBiologyMSc1AF, 2AF, 5AF, 6WD
MMLMolecular Life SciencesMSc1MO, 2AF, 5AF, 6WD
MNHNutrition and HealthMSc1MO, 2AF, 5AF, 6WD
Compulsory for: WUEDUBSc Minor Education1MO