“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin)
Teaching skills and proof of teaching experience are not only an important precondition for an academic career but are also valuable key skills for almost all areas of work and life. The Teaching Centre is responsible for training the doctoral researchers of the GCSC to become the university teachers of the future and supporting them in their first higher-education teaching experiences. Our classes and events, designed to qualify doctoral researchers in the study of culture to teach, offer not only the opportunity to become familiar with participant-based and task-based approaches to teaching and learning, but also useful support in planning and running own courses. The focus here is on developing professional teaching ability, analysing problems within teaching and learning, and reflecting upon the teaching experience.
Learning to Teach − What we Offer
We provide ample opportunity to (post-)doctoral researchers of JLU’s faculties 03, 04, and 05 to gain competences in higher education teaching. Whether you are a sociologist, a historian, a linguist, or a literary scholar – our workshops are tailored to the needs of all those in the study of culture:
- An introduction to participant-based and task-based approaches to teaching and learning as the optimal preparation for running seminars
- A curriculum aimed at qualifying PhD candidates for teaching
- Experience in teaching through the participation in the Co-Teaching Programme and a lecture or workshop series, in which doctoral candidates present core themes of their disciplines, aided by professors and the Teaching Centre staff
- Individual support and advice with the actual planning and running of courses
- Examples of materials available for download, such as PhD students’ tried and tested examples of syllabi and ideas for seminars
- Support in creating a Teaching Portfolio to evaluate and record teaching experiences
- University Teaching Certificates as official Teaching Centre documentation of the skills gained
The Teaching Centre introduces doctoral researchers to the fundamentals of university teaching and learning, with workshops such as “Designing Your Own Course Syllabi”, “University Teaching Methods” and “Activating Participants”.
We also offer a series of interdisciplinary courses on, for example, evaluation, using new media and grading written work. It is our principle to align the teaching we offer with the needs and interests of the GCSC's doctoral researchers. This teaching also encompasses a range of discipline-specific courses.
The workshops aim to develop the following areas of competence:
- planning and selection of content
- higher education didactic methods
- consulting and evaluation
- professional performance
We are always here for you if you have any questions, suggestions or criticism. Don't hesitate to contact us!