Basic Qualification for Junior Staff - Teaching in Higher Education

The workshop "Basic Qualification for Junior Staff - Teaching in Higher Education" is a 2-day course supporting staff new to teaching. This seminar is held in English language. Its generic character strives to be equally relevant for all subject areas. The course informs about the practicalities of teaching at Vienna University. It assists in course planning and offers a networking opportunity among peers.

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 the respective person can prove prior experience at convening courses at university level. On a voluntary basis, the seminar can be attended by all interested teaching staff at Vienna University.

The "Basic Qualification for Junior Staff" is suitable 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

Main 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

Course convenors:

The courses in English language will be held by Barbara Breen-Wenninger.

 Dates for the Winter Semester 2020/21:

  • Monday, 21 and Tuesday, 22 September 2020:  Barbara Breen-Wenninger (online)
  • Tuesday, 06 and Wednesday, 07 October 2020: Barbara Breen-Wenninger (online)

Information on the online workshop

During the winter semester 2020/21, the workshop will be held online. You will get access to the Moodle course about two weeks before the workshop, which will enable you to get a sense of the topics covered and to prepare in advance.

The workshop consists of live webinar elements (about 50 % of the time), as well as asynchronous sequences (about 50 % of the time). During the live sessions, you will get a chance to interact with the teacher and your colleagues, whereas you can work at your own pace during the asynchronous sequences. Please make sure to have a webcam and a microphone ready, so you can actively participate in the workshop. You will find the detailed schedule in Moodle.

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 hours on average, depending on your prior knowledge and individual engagement.