• Instructions for the teaching practice

    The course includes a short teaching practice on the fourth face-to-face session. The teaching practice consists of three parts:
    1) a written plan,
    2) teaching according to the plan, and
    3) verbal and written peer feedback.

    Your  written task is to plan a single 20-minute teaching session for a group of 3-5 persons. The session may be a part of your own current course, a part of an imaginary new course or some other teaching situation that is relevant to your own field. Take into account the participants' background knowledge, which is usually quite heterogenic in this course. After the teaching session (20 min), you will receive written and oral feedaback from the members of your peer group and the facilitator. The teaching practice is a good opportunity to try a new teaching method or some other new ideas in teaching.

    Instructions fo your written plan.

    More detailed instructions to plan a teaching session is given in the teaching session III. The plan includes:

    1. Intended learning outcomes

    • Define the targets for your teaching session and write them in the form of intended learning outcomes. When you plan the learning outcomes, remember that the length of the session is only 20 minutes! Consider the number of learning outcomes and the level of them.

    2. Teaching methods and motivation for them

    Use as the starting point your intended learning outcomes and choose teaching method(s) that support them. Aim at trying a method that challenges you to something new. However, the main point is that the method supports the learning you are striving for. You can find different teaching methods e.g., in Hyppönen's and Lindén's  Handbook for Teachers (http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-60-3035-7). If needed, you can bring along items or gear that support your teaching.

    3. Assessment of learning

    How could you find out what the students/participants have learned, and how would you assess the learning? You may not have time to assess the learning outcomes during your teaching practice, but nevertheless keep it in mind. Your choice of teaching methods also has an effect on the amount of feedback you get from your students during your teaching.

    4. Timeline (or "rhythm of teaching”)

    It is worthwhile to make a timeline for the teaching practice in order to realize how much (or little) content and action you can include in 20 minutes. Consider the situation from the participants' perspective and try to make the learning experience as rewarding as possible.


    Submit your plan on MyCourses on Monday 28.5.2018  at the latest.

    In addition, bring along four to five (4-5) paper copies to the teaching practice on the 4th face-to-face session. The submission can be done through the "Upload a file” function below.