Including activating didactic elements in (large group) lectures (A/B/C)

Amount of working units: 4 AE
Max. Number of participants: 12


  • MON, 08th of May 2023; 9AM-1PM, Waldweg 26, 37073 Göttingen, Trakt 1, 3rd floor, room 3.117/3.119

Please register until MON, 24th of April 2023. This workshop is financed by Project LInK. Hence, this workshop can be attended free of charge.
Belated registrations will be considered depending on the registration status.

Course language: English

Lectures are perhaps the most common and well-known form of teaching at the university. It’s didactical efficiency, however, has been questioned.
In this workshop, we explore how lectures can be designed and implemented so that they facilitate active learning. We will focus on the following questions: how and on which levels of teaching-and-learning design can I think about and implement active learning within lectures? What can activation of learners mean specifically in the context of large group lectures? What can this mean concretely for my own lectures and how can I implement active learning in my own teaching? What do these approaches to teaching mean for my role(s) as a teacher and my (perhaps implicit) expectancies of learners?
Based on empirical didactical studies, we will explore these questions and implement the discussed elements in our own teaching design and lectures.

Learning outcomes:
The participants build elements for active learning

  • based on empirical knowledge regarding activating elements and the didactic design of lectures, build elements for active learning into their own lecture design and implement them in their teaching;
  • reflexively formulate their understanding of both their own role(s) as teacher as well as their expectations of learners in these designs and their implementation;
  • implement didactic elements for active learning in their lectures.

Used methods:
Short lecture, discussion, bringing your own questions for the workshop, individual work on implementation in own teaching

Activating didactic methods, activation in course design, (large group) lectures, role reflection

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Decker: studied chemistry in Bonn and Cambridge, promotion and „Habilitation“ in pharmacy, professor for pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry. He has certificates for didactics in Higher Education Teaching from the University of Belfast and at Bavarian Universities, and has been working as a freelance trainer and coach at several universities in Germany as well as abroad.