Exploring Teaching Outside Academia: orientation and reflection

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

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. Didactic Skills Theory (4 hours)
  2. Didactic Skills Practice (4 hours)
  3. Observation day in practice (8 hours)
  4. Course Development Theory (4 hours)
  5. Course Development Practice (4 hours)
  6. Reflection on teaching experience (4 hours)
  7. Individual coaching/ Intervision (1 hour)

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

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).

Course Schedule

Session 1. Didactic Skills Theory

September 25, 2018 (13:30 – 17:00)

Session 2. Didactic Skills Practice

November 3, 2018 (13:30 – 17:00)

Observation day in practice

Before session 3 (8:00-17:00)

Session 3. Course Development Theory

November 7, 2018 (13:30 – 17:00)

Session 4. Course Development Practice

November 9, 2018 (09:00 – 12:00)

Teaching in practice

Before session 5

Session 5. Reflection on teaching experience

December 12, 2018 (13:30 – 17:00)

Session 6. Individual coaching/ Intervision

1 Hour by the end of December 2018


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: Max. 13  participants
Course duration: 7 sessions spread over 3 months
Language: English
Credit points: 4 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Carla Oonk (Education and Competence Studies)
Venue: Wageningen University


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
€ 350
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 700
External fee: All other participants € 1.400

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 and postdocs 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/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact:

Carla Oonk (Education and Competence Studies)
Email: carla.oonk@wur.nl
Telephone: (+31)317 488640