Teaching Science at University

  • Monday, September 5th, 2022 from 9.00 to 12.00 – in-person class = introductions: to the course, to key teaching tools, to each other
  • 5-week online course dates: Sept. 5th to Oct. 17th at 23.59 (all online work due by then).
  • Monday, January 16th, 2023 from 9.00 to 12.00 – in-person class = reflection presentations and next steps in your teaching developments

In this course, Kai and I share ideas and tools from our experience as teachers and from science education research. You will think critically about the teaching you experienced at university and learn about teaching strategies to adopt/adapt the good practices and change the bad ones. It is our hope that this course will make you feel like a skilled and effective teacher who sees teaching as fun and fulfilling.


Learning objectives
After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • choose effective and suitable evidence-based teaching strategies in different teaching situations
  • determine and use your students’ pre-existing knowledge in the design and delivery of your teaching
  • create and use models and analogies to structure your teaching and clarify complex topics
  • frame your teaching such that it activates and motivates students
  • teach in the lab or field using a range of student inquiry and in a way that better reflects the nature of science research


Requirements to earn 2 ECTS

  • Full participation in both in-person course dates
  • Completion of the 5 week online course
  • Completion and presentation of a reflection task at the January 16th course date:

Purpose of the task: to reflect on what did and did not work in your teaching this semester (or in the past) and how your ideas of “good university teaching” may have changed
Possible formats: a handout (just 1 or 2 pages, with copies for each participant) or 1 to 2 PowerPoint slides (but as PDFs)
Due date: Saturday, January 14th, 2023 - please send your slide PDFs to me so I can assemble them into a single presentation

For reflection task options please see uploaded handout

Instructors   Sara Petchey & Dr. Kai Niebert
Location UZH Irchel Campus, Y21 D 68a
ECTS 1.0
Document Handout (PDF, 302 KB)
Contact gradschool@lifescience.uzh.ch