Topic outline

  • Welcome to the course!

    You are about to start Learning and Teaching in Higher Education course (5 ECTS), which is one of the core courses in Aalto University's pedagogical training (25 cr).

    Meeting schedules and places

    Tue 5.3.2024 at 12.15–16.00, Otakaari 1, U523 Top Lounge
    Tue 19.3.2024 at 12.15–16.00, Otakaari 1, U523 Top Lounge
    Wed 3.4.2024 at 12.15–16.00, Otakaari 1, U523 Top Lounge
    Wed 17.4.2024 at 12.15–16.00, Otakaari 1, U523 Top Lounge
    Tue 7.5.2024 at 12.15–16.00, Otakaari 1, U523 Top Lounge

    Methods and assessment

    The course is largely based on interactive methods during the teaching sessions, and therefore, it is very important that you can participate in all the teaching sessions.

    In addition, there will be learning assignments between the teaching sessions (e.g., reading assignments, learning logs, an essay, and peer feedback) and a pre-assignment, instructions for which you have received in the acceptance letter before the course.

    The course will be graded pass/fail based on attendance and completed learning assignments approximately two-three weeks after the end date (7 May) of this course.

    Learning outcomes

    After the course, you...

    • will be able to identify, define and evaluate factors that affect your teaching,
    • recognize different learning theories and have become aware of how they influence teaching,
    • have formed own approach to teaching / teaching philosophy and you have knowledge on how to develop your teachership and teaching,
    • recognize factors which affect to the quality of teaching,
    • know how to consider students as experts of the future,
    • have reflected on your own expertise and your development as a teacher,
    • are able to understand your own teaching in a wider context and envisage the expertise provided by your own field of teaching and the future prospects of the field.

    Course teachers

    Anna Vilhunen (teacher-in-charge, and Linda Mäkinen (


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