Critical Questions - Critical Mind

How to use effective questions in your seminars


  • You can outline quality standards of good questions in your personal teaching context.
  • You can apply questioning techniques in your classes.
  • You can foster students’ competence in raising questions.
  • You can trigger students’ critical thinking and metacognition.


Raising (good) questions is essential in any academic field and one of the most important tools, which teachers have at their disposal. In this course, we follow the assertion that a critical mind is a questioning mind. We discuss criteria for raising "the right" questions and how to develop questions that prompt critical thinking. Furthermore, using questions for metacognition allows students to engage with content, encourages participation and increases understanding.

Important remark

In the workshop, each participant can choose to arrange one-on-one support with the trainer. Each individual coaching session is 45 minutes.

Target group

  • Teaching staff at Vienna University


  • Questioning techniques and exercises that you can apply in your seminars
  • Practicing the wording of questions when chairing discussions with the objective of provoking critical thinking
  • One-on-one coaching session (optional)

Course convenor: MMag. Dr. Olivia Vrabl

Lehre und Forschung zu Hochschulmethodik, Lesedidaktik, Referatsdidaktik, Leistungsbeurteilung, Kurslogistik und Unterrichtsmanagement. Lehramtsstudium und Diplomstudium der Hispanistik und Anglistik, zusätzlich Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Doktorat am Institut für Germanistik. Zahlreiche Lehraufträge im In- und Ausland.


Fr., 01 December 2017, 09:00 - 12:30 s.t.


Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Universität Wien, 1010 Wien, Universitätsstraße 5


You can register via the website of Human Resources Development, University of Vienna.