Teacher’s Handbook

Teaching practices

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary university, and its six schools have different teaching traditions and teaching needs. What students do can therefore vary in many ways from, for example, how they write (text, code, equations, formulas, etc.) to their designs, products, artwork and projects to their overall portfolios and productions. These all require different approaches to learning objectives, teaching practices and assessment.

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.
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Teaching practices in the lifespan of a course

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. 

Practices for teaching and academic advising can vary between the schools. For more detailed information, contact your school's Learning Services or Teacher Services.

If you are just starting out as a teacher at Aalto, please, read the For a new teacher page first.

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Before the course

  1. Look up the course contents and description. They can be found on student information system Sisu.
  2. Check that you have access to the online learning environment MyCourses workspace for your course. Log in MyCourses with your Aalto.id in here.
  3. Remember to check the feedback from the previous implementation of the course, and reflect on the key take-aways.
  4. Plan how the student communication will occur, when and through what channels.
  5. Update the syllabus and design the course structure on MyCourses.
  6. Prepare learning materials, e.g. lectures and assignments. Also plan assessment and feedback methods.
  7. Upload the learning materials to the MyCourses workspace and set up learning activities.
  8. Confirm student registrations for the course, in Sisu. After that the student information will transfer automatically to MyCourses.


Pedagogical considerations

If you need help, contact Teacher services or Book a session with a specialist.

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During the course

  1. Deliver course lectures - onsite, hybrid or online.
  2. Go forward with course activities, assignments and assessments.
  3. Follow student activity, for example with MyCourses Completion tracking or Attendance activity.
  4. Facilitate student interaction and feedback with student activation and engagement tools, for example by using Presemo or MyCourses.
  5. Aim for continual feedback and assessment.


Pedagogical considerations

  • 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.

If you need help, contact Teacher services or Book a session with a specialist.

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After the course 

  1. Assess the student outcomes in line with the learning outcome expectations.
  2. Export the final grades to Sisu.
  3. Study the course feedback.
  4. Reflect on developing the course.


Pedagogical considerations

If you need help, contact Teacher Services or Book a session with a specialist.

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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.

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