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Educational Research: How publish results of teaching and learning experiments on your own teaching (LM 07V)

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Teaching and Learning | Advanced teaching module

Starting point
Any professor who teaches at a university is experienced as a researcher in his/her own field.  As such they are familiar with scientific methods of knowledge gathering. Yet when it comes to teaching many rely on tradition and intuition. Based on the example of the ‘Scholarship of Teaching’ movement, started in the USA by Ernest Boyer, the course explores possibilities to analyse your own teaching with a scientific attitude.

The objective of the course is to develop experiments aiming to verify the validity of pedagogic interventions, measuring learning outcomes under different conditions and exploring students’ learning experiences with questionnaires and interviews. A teacher who sets up a series of such experiments could share the knowledge gained with colleagues by writing an educational publication for a conference or a journal on higher education.

The characteristics of educational research will be explored in a one-day programme. Next, research questions will be formulated aiming to set up experiments to be investigated with your own students. Essentially, this is about a scientific attitude, looking for evidence to back up choices and decisions in the teaching and learning process. The workshop will present methods of applied research in a mixed methods framework.

The workshop will present relevant knowledge on educational research. Participants will focus on formulating their own research questions and select a potential target for writing a short publication. Max. number of particpants: 16. Course language: English.

This workshop is interesting for professors and teaching staff who would like to understand how pedagogical principles work in practice. In preparation for the course the participants are asked to write a short review of two educational research papers. A number of suitable papers will be made available.

Working knowledge of English is required, although questions can be asked in German. The participants are challenged to reflect on their own teaching, formulate their own research questions and bring them to the course.

Course information

Course numberLM 07V
DateFri, 26.11.2021, 9:30am-5:30pm
Scope1 day, 10 working units à 45 min
FormatOnline course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course
ToolsVideoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
InstructorProf. Dr. Erik de Graaff
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de for information on fees.
RequirementsParticipants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
CompletionAssuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
CertificateApplicable for TU certificate for teaching and learning and for TiE-BAC certificate – Teaching in English.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course, please contact Dr. Monika Rummler.
In case of any organizational questions please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de.


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.
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