In addition, each teacher has their own personal style and preferences for teaching. They themselves choose how to conduct teaching in their own classroom, studio or other learning environment.
Nevertheless, there are some common measures that teachers need to take in each course, both administrative and pedagogical. To make everything go smoothly, a teacher needs to confirm student registrations for a course, design and distribute the learning materials, give assignments, and manage submissions, assessment and feedback.
Below, you can find a checklist for teaching practices and steps that need to be taken over the entire lifespan of a course, as well as some of the pedagogical considerations they are based on. There are also links to useful information for teaching at Aalto University.
If you are just starting out as a teacher at Aalto, please, read the For a new teacher page first.
Before the course
- Look up the course contents and description. They can be found on student information system Sisu.
- Check that you have access to the online learning environment MyCourses workspace for your course. Log in MyCourses with your Aalto.id in here.
- Remember to check the feedback from the previous implementation of the course, and reflect on the key take-aways.
- Plan how the student communication will occur, when and through what channels.
- Update the syllabus and design the course structure on MyCourses.
- Prepare learning materials, e.g. lectures and assignments. Also plan assessment and feedback methods.
- Upload the learning materials to the MyCourses workspace and set up learning activities.
- Confirm student registrations for the course, in Sisu. After that the student information will transfer automatically to MyCourses.
- Reflecting on and carefully planning the teaching methods to be in line with the course objectives and intended learning outcomes.
- Designing methods to actively engage students in your class, for example with MyCourses or Presemo.
- Preparing and producing engaging teaching materials.
- When designing the assignments, calculate the student workload.
- Designing assessment principles and feedback methods.
During the course
- Deliver course lectures - onsite, hybrid or online.
- Go forward with course activities, assignments and assessments.
- Follow student activity, for example with MyCourses Completion tracking or Attendance activity.
- Facilitate student interaction and feedback with student activation and engagement tools, for example by using Presemo or MyCourses.
- Aim for continual feedback and assessment.
- Methods of facilitating learning and delivering the course content.
- Fostering interaction through discussions and assignments, e.g. designing for individual or *group work and peer assessment.
- continual assessment.
- continual feedback.
*See also Aalto University's Team work first aid kit.
After the course
- Assess the student outcomes in line with the learning outcome expectations.
- Export the final grades to Sisu.
- Study the course feedback.
- Reflect on developing the course.
- Final assessment and grading
- Developing the course based on the student outcomes and course feedback.
Read more about
Digital platforms for teaching and learning
Course practicalities: teacher's responsibilities, copyright issues and much more
Feedback for an inclusive teaching and learning culture
Assessment and examination
Values guiding teaching and learning in Aalto University
Central to community and inclusion is that the community members feel accepted and valued as themselves. Belonging to a study community means gaining experiences of the relevance of studies and identification with the student community. The sense of belonging is unique and can only be triggered if students identify themselves with the community. That is why it is important to think how to create and promote the sense of inclusion in your teaching.
Inclusive teaching practices are inseparable from high quality teaching practices, so inclusive teaching affects all aspects of a course and learning experience.
Each Aalto student has a right to reasonable individual study arrangements due to an impairment restricting his/her ability to study or other health condition.
Guidance and support for study wellbeing, study planning and career reflections for Aalto students.
Aalto University Learning Services (LES) is responsible for all services which facilitate the smooth progression of studies at the university.
Read more in detail about Aalto University general regulations on teaching and studying (Into portal):
Curriculum design and academic policies and regulations
Training for teachers
Notice! You find the entire training schedule and enrolment at Workday Learning.
Teaching competence development
Pedagogical specialists at Aalto University offer university pedagogical training for employees engaged in teaching. The training offers possibilities to develop one's own teaching skills and philosophy as a teacher. We arrange several pedagogical training events each year both in English and in Finnish.
Do you want to develop yourself as a teacher? Start Aalto pedagogical training with A! Peda Intro and continue with other core courses, or check the available elective courses.
Teacher services team organises training events, webinarsand workshops for users of shared learning platforms and tools. MyCourses, Panopto, Turnitin, EXAM, Presemo
The programme director's handbook is a collection of guidelines, templates, and good practices. The handbook gathers together information about processes, schedules and tools and the aim is to support degree programme directors, heads of majors and others involved to succeed in implementing, evaluating and developing the degree programmes.
Here you will find information regarding Aalto University’s organisation, various operators, management processes, operational principles and the guiding rules and policies of our operations.
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