How to Develop Your Teaching

All teaching faculty receive data on their teaching practices from students. This data can be used systematically to form a knowledge base to develop and improve your teaching from. Analysing and evaluating the data you receive when you teach is a sound basis for the continuous monitoring of how you set the scene for your students’ learning.


It is important for you to find out what you would like to develop or improve in your own teaching and set up your own objectives for your continuous development.

Having come this far, you might need some new ideas for what you can do to achieve your objectives. 

Sources to new ideas can be for example

  • Reading papers, articles and textbooks on teaching and learning - refer to this list of journals on teaching and learning (pdf)
  • Participating  in courses, workshops and conferences on teaching and learning  
  • Using your colleagues for discussions, inspiration, sharing of experiences and feedback. It is often very helpful and more fun to collaborate. 


Informed by data and inspired by new ideas, you are ready to experiment, contextualise, review, change and improve. Learn more and try again. Working with teaching and learning is an ongoing process of adjusting and contextualising to your particular subject and to your current group of students,  evaluating and adjusting again. You can start on a minor scale with something you think could be useful and interesting. Very often small improvements can make a huge difference for the students.

Teaching development should be recorded in your Teaching Portfolio.


If you have more suggestions for how to conduct research into teaching and supervision practices, send an email to Sabine Schmidt
6 JUNE 2020