Hochschuldidaktik

The Certificate Program of the Section for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The certificate program of the Section for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education consists of three modules that result in 140 work units (AE). It takes about one to one and a half year to complete the certificate program. A new program cycle starts at the beginning of each semester. The program primarily addresses junior scientists with a teaching position at the University of Göttingen; more experienced lecturers are welcome as well.

The certificate program is usually conducted in german. If you are interested in participating at this program please don't hesitate to contact us: hochschuldidaktik@zvw.uni-goettingen.de. Furthermore you are welcome to have a look at our open workshop program in which we offer some english workshops regulary.


The objectives of the program are to introduce and critically reflect central ideas and methods of teaching and learning in higher education, to support the participants to develop their teaching skills further and to facilitate the transfer between theory and real life.
Within the certificate program, we work in interdisciplinary groups of no more than 12 people and in various settings (e.g. workshops, collegial sit-ins). The groups pass the certificate program together.


Description of the modules

  • Module 1: During the first module (54 work units) the participants are being introduced to basic theories and concepts of academic (and adult) teaching and learning. Based on these, each participant (re)evaluates her or his understanding of learning in higher education and critically reflects the teaching philosophy that evokes this understanding. Additionally, the participants get to know, experience, and reflect ways to facilitate (academic) learning (esp. methods to engage students and ways to communicate & present during lectures and seminars).
  • Module 2: In the second module (54 work units) the participants expand and refine their knowledge on academic teaching and learning. Based on the topics and action of the first module, here the participants acquire competencies on assessing and consulting students. Furthermore, each person may choose one additional workshop based on her or his own interest and needs. Since this module also fosters the connection between the certificate program and the real teaching experiences, it includes a collegial sitting-in as well as critical friend meetings to discuss challenges faced during the teaching semester.
  • Module 3: While the first two modules are being organized as group- and situation-oriented trainings, the third module (32 work units) focusses on the individual transfer. This includes the reflection on one's own teaching believes and teaching practices and its documentation in form of a teaching portfolio.