Exploring Teaching Outside Academia: orientation and reflection

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
Intake: 23 and 24 September. Course days: 22 and 28 October 2019, Practice day=?, 10 and 13 December 2019, Practice-day=?, 27 January 2020.
Intake: Monday 23 September, Tuesday 24 September 2019
13:00 17:00 Campus Wageningen - t.b.d. Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) 6 / 20 6 Sessions, start 22 October, different times, 2 days intake.

Course description


Participants will be introduced to basic didactic skills, both in active tutorials as well as by observing experienced teachers/trainers working at an educational level of their own choice (for examples; see section target group). Participants will prepare and teach one or more lessons for a group of students at the educational level at which the participants did the observation. The course finalizes with a reflective session in which both teaching skills and further development thereof, and future ambitions in becoming a teacher, will be subject of reflection.    


  1. Intake talk (1 hour)
  2. Finding an internship place of your choice for observing and practicing teaching. The student is in the lead of finding this place.  
  3. Didactic Skills Theory (4 hours)
  4. Didactic Skills Practice (4 hours)
  5. Observation day in practice (8 hours)
  6. Course Development Theory (4 hours)
  7. Course Development Practice (4 hours)
  8. Teaching in practice (to be discussed; class; workshop; interactive lecture etc)
  9. Reflection on teaching experience (4 hours)
  10. Individual coaching/ Intervision (1 hour)

NB. The student is expected to actively put energy in finding a suitable internship place in close consultation with the teaching staff of the course.

Learning outcomes

After this course you should be able to:

  • identify the prior knowledge and learning needs of your target group;
  • prepare a class or a training session that fits the learning needs of your target group by using a lesson plan;
  • employ basic didactic principles in your teaching;
  • reflect on your teaching skills;
  • reflect on your ambitions to become a teacher and further develop your teaching skills.

Credits and certificate

Active participation in the course provides you with a certificate and 3.0 ECTS to be added to your TSP. Please note: this course is not part of and does not give any certification for the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; in Dutch: BKO).



Department/chair group:

I am in the .......... year of my PhD project.

After registration you will receive an email from the organizers in which you will be asked to explain about:

  • your teaching experience (both curricular and non-curricular);
  • the education level you want to practice/obtain experience in (e.g. High School/ secondary school, secondary vocational education (in Dutch: MBO), higher vocational education/University of Applied Science/Polytechnion (in Dutch: HBO), adult or professional education).  
  • the discipline or school course you want to practice (e.g. Biology, Research & Design, Communication Skills).

An intake talk will be arranged to identify learning goals.


Course Schedule

Session 1. Didactic Skills Theory (4 hours)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (13:00 – 17:00)

Session 2. Didactic Skills Practice (4 hours)

Monday, October 28, 2019 (09:00 – 13:00)

Observation day in practice (8 hours)

Before session 3 (December 10th) (One day)

Session 3. Course Development Theory (4 hours)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (13:00 – 17:00)

Session 4. Course Development Practice (4 hours)

Friday, december 13, 2019 (09:00 – 13:00)

Teaching in practice

Before session 5

Session 5. Reflection on teaching experience (4 hours)

Monday, Janaury 27, 2020 (09:00 – 13:00)

Session 6. Individual coaching/ Intervision (1 hour)

To be scheduled in the week of 3 February 2020


General Information

Target Group:

PhD candidates interested in (an orientation on) teaching and learning outside university settings (i.e. secondary education; secondary and higher vocational education; and/or other training centers and/or workshop settings like nature education centers, museums, companies for professional training). Participants are not required to have previous teaching experience.

Group size: Min. 12  participants
Course duration: 7 sessions spread over 4 months
Language: English
Credit points: 3 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Judith Gulikers and Dine Brinkman (Education and Learning Sciences)
Venue: See course schedule


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 400
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 800
External fee: All other participants € 1.600

Fee includes study and training material, coffee and tea.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course.  After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact:

Judith Gulikers (Education and Learning Sciences)
Email: judith.gulikers@wur.nl
Telephone: (+31)317 488332