Basic Qualification for Junior Staff - Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education

The workshop "Basic Qualification for Junior Staff - Teaching in Higher Education" is designed to support staff new to teaching. This seminar is held in English language. Its generic character strives to be equally relevant for all disciplinary areas across the university. The course informs about the practicalities of teaching at Vienna University. It assists in course planning and offers a networking opportunity among peers.

 Who is the main audience?

The course is mandatory for university assistants without doctorate (praedocs) in their first year of employment if they already engage in teaching (cf. collective agreement § 49) as well as for assistants in the second year of employment if they are teaching in Higher Education for the first time. The course has to be taken before or during the first teaching assignment. The aforementioned obligation does not apply if a person can prove prior experience in teaching in Higher Education.

In addition, we invite all interested teaching staff at the University of Vienna to attend a Basic Qualification course (provided enough spots are available). 

The "Basic Qualification for Junior Staff" was specifically designed for:

  • Teaching staff with little or no German skills
  • All teaching staff wishing to develop their skills in speaking about teaching in English language and/or who intend to apply internationally in the future
  • All teaching staff who appreciate exchange with participants with international backgrounds

 Course content and learning objectives

  • Developing a repertoire of teaching/learning methods
  • Introduction to online teaching/learning
  • Phrasing learning objectives as competences
  • Developing a teaching/learning concept (course design)
  • Understanding quality criteria for exams
  • Knowing about the study law
  • Reflection upon the role of teaching staff in Higher Education
  • Introduction to interdependencies between curriculum, module plan and course plan

New course format

Starting in the winter semester 2021/22, the basic qualification will take on a blended-learning format including both face-to-face meetings and digital elements including a video conference as well as asynchronous online activities and independent learning.


Immediately after the workshop, you will write a short teaching concept, in which you will apply what you have learned to your own teaching context. The total workload for the workshop is about 18-20 hours on average, depending on your prior knowledge and individual engagement.

 Course facilitators

The courses in English language will be facilitated by Barbara Breen-Wenninger and Barbara Louis.

 Dates for the summer semester 2023:

The Basic Qualification courses will be offered in a blended learning format, each course consisting of two face-to-face sessions (if cicumstances permit), one online session and asynchronous activities in between. These are the dates for the upcoming winter semester:

  • February 2023 (Barbara Breen-Wenninger):

    Friday, 17 February, 09.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (face-to-face),
    Monday, 20 February, 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (online)
    and Friday, 24 February, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (face-to-face)
  • May/June 2023 (Barbara Breen-Wenninger):

    Wednesday, 31 May, 09.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (face-to-face),
    Friday, 2 June, 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (online)
    and Wednesday, 7 June, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (face-to-face)
  • July 2023 (Barbara Breen-Wenninger):

    Thursday, 6 July, 09.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (face-to-face),
    Monday, 10 July, 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (online)
    and Thurday, 13 July, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (face-to-face)


Face-to-face meetings will take place at the following address:

Center for Teaching and Learning, Universitätsstraße 5 (3rd floor), 1010 Wien.­

For the video conference, please follow the link on the Moodle course site.


Please register via the Website of the Department of Human Resources Development. Registration closes two weeks prior to the respective workshop.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at:

If you are already registered and have scheduling or technical concerns, please contact

Please note

Please note: If circumstances do not permit face-to-face meetings, all live meetings will be moved online. If that is the case, you will be notified in due time.