Welcome to Becoming an educator


This course is aimed at PhD students, who are interested in developing their competencies, teachers and supervisors. To develop ones professional competencies in teaching and learning is an increasingly important part of university employment as is the ability to communicate to varied audiences in the private and public sector in general.

The aim of the course therefore is to provide insights into learning theories and pedagogical positions and place these into a context of health science educations. It is central to the course to create awareness of the close connections between the work as a researcher and the tasks as educators, which is at the heart of university education. Themes addressed in the course include among others:


  • Perspectives on teaching and learning in higher and health science education
  • Defining and assuming the various roles of educators in the health sciences
  • Connecting curriculum to learning activities
  • Being the ‘new’ teacher in a busy workplace


Each session of the course consists of lectures and workshop activities. The lectures will be supplemented by literature, and will cover both introductory material as well as selected in-depth analyses. In the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to work together with designated activities generating reflection and insight into the pedagogic of higher education and the teaching practices in the health sciences. We aim to create a learning space with active participation. 

There will be a focus on the participants’ research fields so that the pedagogical perspectives are made relevant for these fields and for the educational programs and practices within Department of Health Science and Technology and Department of Clinical Medicine.  


Relevant papers and book chapters will be made available prior to each session.


An interest in teaching and willingness to engage actively in the course


PhD students are expected to be active during the sessions, and at the end of the course they will hand in a written assignment (4-5 pages) demonstrating a thoughtful and theoretically warranted reflection on their roles in education.

Organizer: Associate Professor Diana Stentoft, email: stentoft@hst.aau.dk and 

Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus, email: pkt@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Diana Stentoft, email: stentoft@hst.aau.dk and 

Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus, email: pkt@hst.aau.dk

Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, email: sboudreau@hst.aau.dk

Associate Professor Jacob Gorm Davidsen, email: jdavidsen@hum.aau.dk


ECTS: 2.5

Time: 04, 05 March and 10 April 2019 (04.03: 8.15 – 16.15; 05.03: 12.30 - 16.15; 10.04: 8.15 - 16.15)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E3-209

Zip code: 

Aalborg Øst

Number of seats:

Deadline: 11 February 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.