Teaching technique for PhD students


This course introduces PhD students to tools that will help them structure and carry out their teaching at the university. PhD students will also become familiar with presentation techniques that will help them give oral presentations.

Participants must teach in the semester the course is taken.

Intended learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • explain and use basic concepts about learning,
  • plan a course module or a lesson where the intended learning outcomes and forms of teaching and examination are aligned, and where basic learning concepts are taken into consideration,
  • use various techniques to engage students in and between lessons,
  • structure and deliver a presentation in an adequate way.


The course contains a short introduction to factors that are crucial for learning. Participants will work with alignment between content, intended learning outcomes, and forms of teaching and examination. The course also focuses on techniques and activities that engage students. Participants will be presented with a range of effective techniques for preparing oral presentations, including openings and conclusions.     

Working methods and preparation

Working methods

The course is organized so that the participants gain insight and experience with university teaching and presentation technique via exercises and examples.


Participants are expected to prepare for each course day. The total workload of the preparation amounts to 15 hours. The preparatory assignments will be accessible via Blackboard two weeks prior to the first course day.

General information

Target group: PhD students at departments and centres at Aarhus BSS.

Scope: Approx. 30 hours: Two course days plus 15 hours of preparation before, during, and after course days.  The two course days are scheduled from 9.00 to 16.00.

Venue: Campus Aarhus.

Price: The course is free of charge for employees at Aarhus BSS.

Number of participants: There are 18 seats available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course certificate: Course certificates are issued for active participation on the entire course.

ECTS: The course is not ECTS credited. Please note that it must appear in the PhD plan that the PhD student during the study will acquire skills within teaching through course activities or similar.  See section 7.1 in Aarhus BSS' PhD guidelines.

Course language: English.

CUL reserves the right to change the course programme.

Special information about this course

Every PhD student, cf. Aarhus BSS' PhD guidelines, must carry out at least one independent course module, which in regard to method and/or subject is related to the students’ PhD project, and every PhD student must acquire experience with teaching and communication.

This course complies with the requirement in Aarhus BSS' PhD guidelines regarding acquisition of qualifications in the areas of teaching and didactics.

Dates and registration

AUTUMN 2020 

The course is held in English

  • Tuesday 8 September 2020, 9.00-14.00
  • Tuesday 29 September 2020 9:00-14.00

Register here.
Please note registration deadline is 17 August 2020.

Course secretary

Julie Lykke Facius

Member of Administrative Staff