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The Center for Teaching and Learning of European University Viadrina offers a module-based certificate program for teachers of Ukrainian universities.

The certificate "Online Future Teaching Skills" is a confirmation of qualification in didactic and digital competencies in higher education, which academic staff acquire after having completed three modules of the certificate program. In addition, participants will exchange knowledge with each other on innovative, diversity-focused, low-barrier online teaching and learning formats, activation methods and intensive teaching using writing.

Workload and structure of the certificate program:

Module 1: Getting started: "Online-Learning and Designing your own Online Course" (8 units)

Participants will consider the main issues of teaching and learning. During the workshops there will be an opportunity to get familiar with didactic approaches, to analyze methodological tasks and put them into practise, as well as to exchange experiences and problems of teaching practice. The basics of higher education didactics and writing, teaching-learning theories, activating methods and Challenge Based Learning will be presented. There will be discussions on competency-based learning activities and successful lessons planning.

The participants are offered workshops on 4 main topics, each of which includes 4 AE (Arbeitseinheit)* or working units. Everyone chooses at lest two topics that are most relevant to their own context. Participants can attend all 4 workshops if they wish, but only two of the selected topics will be counted as part of the certificate.

Module 2: Development of individual subject areas (8 units)

Module 2 offers activities on various topics. The choice of individual workshops is related to the individual learning interests and needs of the participants with the aim of further self-development and improvement of personal pedagogical skills. In this module the participants of the certificate program complete a number of workshops with a total of 8 AE.

Module 3: E-portfolio presentation

Participants design and then present their own plan for a learning session in the context of a specific course, which they themselves design, implement and evaluate. In addition, they write a reflection on their teaching concept and receive feedback from students as well as from experts from the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Please note that you will receive an email with the zoom link at least one day before the workshop.

Please note that the following timetable is in Central European Time (CET). Please take into account the time difference.

1 unit = 45 Min.

  • Basics of Challenge-Based Learning (in English, 4 units) - Thursday, November 10, 02:00 – 05:00  pm 

!Please note that the workshop is rescheduled! New date: Tuesday, December 20, 02:00 - 05:00 pm

Challenge-based learning (CBL) is a form of teaching/learning in which students acquire knowledge on the basis of real-life challenges that affect them by developing their own learning questions and working on them mostly on their own. CBL can be used to promote active participation of students and the assumption of responsibility for the learning process. It reinforces the link between theory and practice in the course and supports understanding of complex contexts. CBL helps learners acquire in-depth subject knowledge and develop the skills they need to succeed in an constantly changing world.

Learning goals:

-Get to know the aims and basic principles of CBL
-Know how to integrate CBL concepts into your subject teaching

Facilitator: Niki Kasisis, M.A.
                  Elena Schmid, B.A.

  • Activating (online) teaching ( in English, 4 units) - Wednesday, November 16, 01:00 - 05:00 pm

In this workshop you will learn about the influence of course design on a motivating working environment for both learners and teachers. We will look at the factors of "defining the target group", "formulating learning objectives" and "selecting and implementing methods". You will improve your didactic profile together with the other participants and also get to know some activation methods that you can use both online and in the classroom. The workshop is aimed at all teachers who want to create a motivating and supportive learning environment and thus create opportunities for exchange among and with students in their (online) courses. Using different media and tools, you will learn to create closeness (even across distances) and to stay in contact with the students.

Learning goals:

-Acquire basic knowledge of activating teaching in the context of course design
-Getting to know small and large activating (online) methods for event introductions as well as the phases of development, presentation and securing results
-Transfer of activating methods into your own teaching

Facilitator: Dorothée Schulz-Budick, M.A.

  • Introduction to didactics of higher education (in Ukrainian, 4 units) - Friday, November 18, 02:30 - 05:30 pm

Participants will be introduced to the basics of university didactics in relation to the design and implementation of courses. The following topics will be covered: How can courses be developed that are content-rich and goal-oriented and at the same time oriented towards the prerequisites and needs of the students? How can students be actively involved in the learning process? How to design an overall course and how to structure individual lessons?

Learning goals:

-Participants know methods and teaching formats
-They will have developed an understanding of diverse and inclusive teaching
-Participants are able to formulate learning goals and organise courses in a way that is effective in terms of time and learning
-Participants choose learning methods, social forms and resources in accordance with their field of teaching

Facilitator: Prof. Taras Butchenko - Head of Social Philosophy and Public Administration Department of Zaporizhzhya National University

  • Writing in teaching (in English, 4 units) - Monday, November 21, 02:00 - 06:00 pm

In this workshop you will get to know writing as a tool that intensively promotes and supports (individual) learning processes. Writing is presented as a tool that helps to uncover ideas and gaps in our own thinking, to deal with different (new) points of view and to engage in exchange with others. This workshop offers you the opportunity to reflect on your own writing process and, in exchange with other teachers, to think about how writing can be used and implemented as a learning tool in your subject. You will learn methods to promote writing as a process in your teaching and to help students develop as writers.

Learning goals:

-Get to know methods to support student writing processes within your subject
-To become familiar with the basic concepts and key aspects of the writing process
-Reflect on your own writing experiences and exchange with other participants

Facilitator: Dorothée Schulz-Budick, M.A.

  • The Science of Emotion in Teaching (in English, 1 unit) - Thursday, November 24, 01:00 - 02:00 p.m.

In this workshop we will discuss ways of energizing your classroom by channelling the science of emotion in your teaching style and course design. Learn how to capture your students’ attention, harness their working memories, bolster their long-term retention, and enhance their motivation, based on the latest research (Cavanagh, 2016). This workshop is designed for anyone who who would like to revitalize a low-energy class or sustain their momentum of high participation. 

Facilitator: Prof. Andrea Scott (University of Chicago, Ph.D.) is a research associate at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the European University Viadrina

  • Introduction of online teaching for students with special educational needs (in Ukrainian, 2 units) - Wednesday,  November 23, 02:00 - 04:00 pm

This workshop will provide recommendations to help you get started in creating an accessible, user-friendly and inclusive online course for all students, including students with special educational needs. It will offer practical tips on how to design an inclusive  course, as well as advice on how to optimise interaction with learners and students with special educational needs in the learning process. During the workshop, we will consider what inclusion looks like in the wartime dimension, what new challenges and perspectives arise from it.

Learnings goals:

-To gain basic knowledge about the possible impact of disability on learning, knowledge processing and knowledge reproduction
-Get acquainted with technical tools to ensure accessible online learning
-To understand the role of the team approach in adapting educational materials for students with special needs.

Facilitator: Olha Klopota - Associate Professor, Department of Social Work of Khortytsia National Academy

  • My role as an (online) teacher (in English, 2 units) - Wednesday, November 30, 03:00 - 05:00 pm

Online teaching has become an essential part of everyday teaching and learning for students. Formats that work very well during in-classroom teaching cannot always be transferred to online teaching or hybrid settings, also because the demands on teachers have become more complex. Reflecting on the demands on oneself, one's own demands on the students and the demands of the students on oneself can help to reposition oneself as a teacher in view of the many possibilities. In this workshop, we will reflect on your own experiences of face-to-face and online teaching and look at the question of what influence new course designs and diverse needs have on your own understanding of your role as a teacher. You will reflect on your own understanding of your role, exchange ideas and be able to plan possible changes in a targeted and supported way.

Learning goals of the workshop:

-Gain more confidence in (online) teaching
-To define and reflect on one's own role as a teacher
-Getting to know formats that support different teaching styles and roles
-To explore potential for further development

Facilitator: Dorothée Schulz-Budick, M.A.

  • Motivating Students to Write Well (in English, 1 unit) - Thursday, December 1, 01:00 - 02:00 p.m.

We will discuss concrete strategies you can implement right away to help promote student success in your courses, while building community and accountability. Topics we will cover include approaches to valuing student assets, naming good work, providing high structure, and normalizing help-seeking behaviours. 

Facilitator: Prof. Andrea Scott (University of Chicago, Ph.D.) is a research associate at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the European University Viadrina

  • Reflective writing in online teaching (in Ukrainian, 1 unit) - Friday, December 2, 02:30 - 03:30 pm

Reflective writing is a tool for effective self-reflection on one's educational experiences and for identifying one's achievements and weaknesses. It forms the basis for planning an individual educational path and taking responsibility for one's own learning. During the workshop you will learn different methods and techniques for preparing reflection tasks. In addition, different approaches to assessing students' performance in this learning task and taking into account students' identified interests and preferences with a view to improving courses and the educational programme will be discussed.

The learning goals are to build skills:

-Organising students' work in writing reflection essays
-Evaluating students' reflection essays  

Facilitator: Prof. Taras Butchenko - Head of Social Philosophy and Public Administration Department of Zaporizhzhya National University

  • Using Moodle to Create Effective Asynchronous Learning 1.0 (in Ukrainian, 1 unit) - Monday, December 5, 04:00 - 05: 00 pm

!Please note that the workshop is rescheduled! New time: 05:00 - 06:00 pm

 The basic workshop is aimed at teachers who are starting to work with the Moodle platform to be able to offer asynchronous online learning. Workshop participants will familiarize themselves with the capabilities/functionality of Moodle and create the structure of their first course. They will also learn how to provide materials, create tests, and set up assignments. In addition, we will consider communication channels with students through the Moodle system.

Facilitator: Oleksandr Poddenezhny - Head of the Center for Electronic Education of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

  • Using Moodle to Create Effective Asynchronous Learning 2.0 (in Ukrainian, 1 unit) - Tuesday, December 6, 04:00 - 05: 00 pm

The workshop is aimed at teachers who work with the Moodle platform to improve the online learning process and use the more advanced capabilities of the platform. Workshop participants will familiarize themselves with Moodle features/functionality: setup and structure their first course. They will also learn how to provide materials, create tests, and set up assignments. In addition, we will consider the methodological aspects of distance learning.

Facilitator: Oleksandr Poddenezhny - Head of the Center for Electronic Education of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

  • Mediation as an Online Training Tool (in Ukrainian, 1 unit) - Friaday, December 9, 02:30 - 03:30 pm

Online study complicates the process of socialisation of students and the building of relationships within and outside the student environment. As a result, the risk of misunderstandings and conflicts increases. To prevent this negative scenario, the teacher should be prepared to play the role of mediator.

Learning goals: 

-To provide the necessary skills for timely diagnosis and prevention of student alienation, including bullying, mobbing, etc.
-Participants will get to know approaches to recognise and prevent conflicts when teaching online courses
-Participants know the ethical and legal principles of mediation and the responsibility of the mediator

Facilitator: Prof. Taras Butchenko - Head of Social Philosophy and Public Administration Department of Zaporizhzhya National University

  • Making online teaching interactive via Video Conference (in Ukrainian, 2 units) - Monday, December 12, 03:00 - 05: 00 pm

!Please note that the workshop is rescheduled! New date: Tuesday, December 13, 03:00 - 05:00 pm

With the transfer of courses into the digital space, lecturers and course leaders often face challenges. How can participants be enabled to interact and collaborate? Interactive conferencing methods help to convey knowledge and ideas in a versatile and engaging way.

Learning goals:

-Participants will learn how to design an interactive online seminar
-What tools and technology are needed to make an effective teaching session

  • Meaningful Assignment Design: What Kinds of Assignments Contribute Most to Student Learning? (in English, 1 unit) - Thursday, December 15, 01:00 - 02:00 p.m.

Learning to communicate well is a lifelong process. Research shows that the single most important thing you can do as an instructor is to design meaningful assignments. Doing so is more effective and takes considerably less time than assigning more writing. In this seminar, we will unpack meaningful assignment design, drawing on research to learn more about the kinds of assignments students find meaningful and how those assignments contribute to learning. We will then discuss practical strategies for putting this learning to use in our own seminars. 

Facilitator: Prof. Andrea Scott (University of Chicago, Ph.D.) is a research associate at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the European University Viadrina

  • Beyond the Rubric: Alternative Approaches to Grading (in English, 1 unit) - Thursday, December 22, 01:00 - 02:00 p.m.

Rubrics are an effective tool for making your grading criteria clear. However, many other strategies exist. These approaches received renewed attention during the pandemic amidst pedagogical experiments to foster inclusivity, reduce stress, and motivate students online. In this short workshop, you will learn three popular new approaches to grading: specifications grading (in which students receive pass/fail grades), ungrading (in which students help set the evaluation criteria for their work), and contract grading (in which the writing process, not the product, is rewarded with a grade). We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each, including how the approaches are put to use in different disciplines. Leave with at least one idea you can incorporate into your grading practices.

Facilitator: Prof. Andrea Scott (University of Chicago, Ph.D.) is a research associate at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the European University Viadrina

  • Accessible documents for students with special education needs (in English, 1 unit) - tba

Digitisation has become an important issue, especially in the age of Corona. More than ever before, people with disabilities depend on accessible documents. This means, for example, that programmes such as screen readers can access the content, read it out correctly and thus enable access for people with severe visual impairments. To ensure this, the global standard ISO 14289-1 was introduced in 2012. The standard was designed with technical aspects in mind. This short guide will show you how to design your presentation in Power Point so that it is accessible. We will use Microsoft Office 365 for this purpose; there may be deviations with other versions.

The participants design and then present their own plan for a learning session in the context of a specific course, which they implement and evaluate. In addition, they write a reflection on their teaching concept and receive feedback from students as well as from didactic experts from the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

The day of the presentation will be announced soon