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Andreas Thorngreen clearly experienced that online tools helped activating and engaging more students than usual. Photo: Colourbox

2014.10.21 | Examples of good teaching

New combination of Blackboard and group work brings new ways of activating students

“Find an image illustrating a specific period in the history of design and upload it to Blackboard.” This was just one of the many assignments which associate professor Andreas Thorngreen recently gave BA students at International Communication and Multimedia – assignments that led to students being more active and, thus, lectures more effective.

2014.09.25 | News

Ny bog guider til effektiv holdundervisning

This article is only in Danish.

At Aarhus University, ‘Flying Schools’ do exist for the university staff who can follow various courses in pedagogy and didactics. However, Dee Fink points out that globally, far too little is done to develop skills of university employees. Photo: Colorbox.
L. Dee Fink is a highly respected American consultant in university pedagogy, who spreads his ideas on teaching in many countries. Photo: Dee Fink and Associates.
At the workshop at Aarhus University, Dee Fink explains that teaching is a dynamic activity, and in any dynamic system there is no such thing as stasis. Photo: CUL.

2014.09.03 | Examples of good teaching

Teachers should keep on training – as were they pilots

Dee Fink’s business card reads: “Professional and International Consultant in Higher Education”. But when you meet him, passion for teaching is the first thing you notice. Since 1979, Dee Fink has felt it as his mission to help university teachers become better at teaching. Follow a workshop by Dee Fink at Aarhus University.

Berit Lassesen, assistant professor at Centre for Teaching and Learning, is head of the working group. Photo: CUL

2014.08.14 | CTL services

New teaching evaluation system on its way to Aarhus University

Today, the use of teaching evaluation is very varied across the different main academic areas and departments of Aarhus University. But soon this will be changed.

250 psychology students in an auditorium are activated and involved through active teaching. Photo: Colorbox.
Apart from including activating methods such as shortly letting students consider and discuss a case with the neighbouring student, the course also includes other elements such as clickers and votes among all students during one lecture. Photo: AU Communication.

2014.07.24 | Examples of good teaching

How to engage 250 students at one time – Report from an auditorium

There are 250 psychology students sitting in the auditorium. In front of them is their lecturer who will spend the next two hours teaching them about chemical balances in the brain. The lecturer wants to put theories of active teaching into practice, therefore it is her goal, during the next two hours to activate and engage all 250 students.

The shared foundations provided by the videos meant that student discussions of theories were given a lift – and the videos of course also meant that there was more time for discussions when the class was gathered. Photo: AU Communication

2014.07.01 | Examples of good teaching

Teacher flipped the classroom: Now the students are really discussing theories

“Blended learning is excellent, and in the future it will be a permanent part of my teaching,” says one teacher who has just tried out this method of teaching. The teacher is associate professor Patrick Leroyer. He has tested blended learning at his MA course International Market Communication. During the tests, he found students to become more…

2014.02.12 | Research news

Danish PhD students need help writing in English

Writing in English is like driving along a pitted road or knitting a sweater without knowing whether you have enough wool. This is how PhD students at Aarhus University describe their experiences at writing PhD dissertations in English. However, many of them still choose to write in English, often without discussing it with their supervisors…

2014.02.11 | Research news

Feedback by students perhaps equally good

Students learn a great deal from feedback. Many BSS lecturers remind themselves of this when ploughing through large piles of written assignments. However, in future, students should perhaps learn to assess one another to a greater extent and give each other feedback instead of receiving it from their lecturers.

2014.02.10 | Research news

Supervision and better integration key to a good PhD programme

Good supervision and the sense of being integrated in a research environment make PhD students more independent researchers while reducing stress levels. These are the findings of a new study of quality in PhD programmes which the Centre for Teaching and Learning has just completed for the Talent Development Committee at Aarhus University

2014.02.08 | Examples of good teaching

Economics role-play encourages students to work harder

It is warm in room L261, and the atmosphere is slightly oppressive. Professor Philipp Schröder and Associate Professor Allan Sørensen from the Department of Economics and Business are feeling the heat in their smart suits and ties which they have donned to credibly act out the roles of employees in a survey unit under the BUSINESSEUROPE umbrella…

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