Aalto University pedagogical training for teaching faculty
The pedagogical training offers you a possibility to familiarise yourself with teaching, learning and educational development. The training is organised both in English and in Finnish.
The training is intended for Aalto University faculty, and it is free of charge. We encourage all who are engaged in teaching and are interested in developing their own teaching, to apply to the courses. It is important that you have the motivation and possibility to commit to the training and tasks.
If there are more enrolled participants than the courses can accommodate, we prioritise persons appointed on tenure and lecturer track and those who have a lot of own teaching responsibilities.
In 2021, 381 Aalto University staff members participated in Aalto University pedagogical training.
Find the link for upcoming pedagogical courses above for further information on courses and enrolment periods. Please remember to fill in the enrolment form.
- Course offering for autumn term is published in May
- Course offering for spring term is published in November
The core courses are usually taught twice a year: once in Finnish and once in English. The selection of elective courses varies from year to year. You can find the full description of the courses at the end of main page under the titles Core courses and elective courses.
The enrolment period starts approximately two months before the course starts and closes about 3–4 weeks before courses start. We will send the information on the admission/rejection to the course to all enrolled people approx. 2-3 weeks before the course starts.
The aim of pedagogical training and development is to enhance the learning centered culture and the quality of teaching and learning as well as support the development of teachers’ pedagogical competence.
After having completed Aalto pedagogical training (25 ECTS), you will be able to
- Recognize different types of teaching and learning approaches and formulate your own approach to teaching and learning.
- Recognize various teaching methods and know how to apply them in your teaching.
- Understand various phases of course design and evaluate their meaning in educational development.
- Advise and guide students and provide them with constructive feedback.
- Facilitate active learning processes that support learning.
- Justify the pedagogical choices related to the use of digital learning environments and various information and communication technology in (online) teaching.
- Expand your cross-school networks and cooperation possibilities within Aalto University.
- Recognize your own strengths and development areas as a teacher.
- Provide constructive peer feedback based on teaching observations
- Design and adjust your teaching based on the constructive feedback received.
- Contact sessions
- Small group work
- Guided teaching practice
- Independent development tasks
- Online learning
Basis of the training
The basis of the training is the participants as experts in their own fields and their interest in teaching development. All the exercises and development tasks are strongly engaged with the participants’ own teaching work. This allows you to develop your teaching within your discipline as well as your scholarship of teaching.
The elective courses allow opportunities for individual advancement.
Our teaching groups are multidisciplinary, which allows teachers from different areas to enrich their teaching with different perspectives on teaching and its development. Using participant-activating methods, we are able to build our approach of learning and teaching at Aalto University.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a voluntary process that is based on students’ needs. The RPL process is based on the needs and aims of students, and the students are mainly responsible for demonstrating their knowledge. The key issue in the RPL process is the actual knowledge, not where or how it has been achieved. RPL is not a shortcut to pass courses with minimum effort. The aim is to make the actual knowledge visible by proven proficiency testing according to the definition made by the University.
The participants of the Aalto University pedagogical training programme (25 cr) may apply for crediting their prior knowledge to a maximum of 10 credits. For further information, please contact your school's pedagogical specialist or [email protected]
UNIPS learning platform: https://unips.fi/
UNIPS (University Pedagogical Support) is a learning platform for university pedagogical studies, and it is aimed for university teachers and doctoral candidates. In the web page the material is constructed into modules that can be studied in two optional ways:
1. Guided study
Guided 1 ECTS UNIPS online courses allow you to strengthen your pedagogical knowledge. They cannot replace the core courses of Aalto University pedagogical training (A! Peda Intro, Learning and teaching in higher education, Course design, and Teaching practice), but they can be used as elective courses. Upcoming UNIPS guided courses are in Events of upcoming pedagogical courses and registrationonline courses and enrollment above and their name ends with "(UNIPS)".
Everybody are welcome to study the materials of the modules independently. You can concentrate on the topics that are most beneficial for you at the moment or study all the materials in free order. This option doesn't accumulate study credits.
UNIPS (University pedagogical support) -project was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture (Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö) and as one of the three divisions in the larger thematic project "Enhancing pedagogical and digital teaching and supervision skills in higher education" in Finland.
UNIPS partner Universities created English university pedagogical self-study material in collaboration and shared it on the UNIPS learning platform. The guided online courses are based on this material and they are still occasionally organized for the teachers and doctoral candidates of partner universities (University of Turku, University of Jyväskylä, Tampere University of technology, Lappeenranta University of technology, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics).
Further information about UNIPS-project and Aalto University's contribution to this project can be inquired from Jukka Välimäki (jukka.valimaki (at) aalto.fi).
After having completed Aalto University pedagogical training (25 cr), please fill out a form to request your certificate. Please note, that the courses you have taken must be completed and registered in Aalto study register when filling out the request.
Request form for certificate of Aalto University pedagogical training (25 cr)Please note that certificates are signed by the VP of Education two times a year:
- To get your certificate in June, please send the request by 15th of May
- To get your certificate in December, please send the request by 15th of November
For further questions, please contact [email protected]
Pedagogical studies and teacher education programmes are organized at several educational institutions in Finland. After completing the Aalto University pedagogical training programme (25 cr) you may, for instance, apply for further pedagogical studies (60 ects) at other educational institution in order to have the general pedagogical qualification for teaching. However, it's up to each institution to decide to what extent Aalto University's pedagogical training is recognized as a part of their degree.
In addition, you are of course still welcome to participate the various elective pedagogy courses offered at Aalto.
The following courses are offered or have been offered in Aalto pedagogical training. All the courses are not offered all the time.
For information about coming courses and their enrollment, please find the link at the top part of this web page.
The training programme consists of four core courses: A! Peda Intro, Learning and teaching in higher education, Course design, and Teaching practice. A! Peda Intro-course is prerequisite for the other courses.
The core courses are usually taught twice a year: once in English and once in Finnish.
The A! Peda Intro course is designed to introduce you to the principles and methods of university pedagogy. The aim of this course is to offer new ideas and tools to help you to develop your teaching.
Please note that this course substitutes the previous O3 course (offered at TKK), so you cannot include both of these courses into a training programme.
Learning and teaching in higher education (5 cr)
Course Design, 5 cr. If you are interested in designing a course or if you would like to redesign your course or part of it, this course is for you.
Teaching Practice (5 cr)
The training programme requires 5 ECTS of elective studies, but you are free to study more than that. Unlike of core courses, offering of elective courses varies each year.
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