Teacher Development Programme Manual for the 2 mandatory assignments


In order to pass the Teacher Development Programme, the assistant professor must complete two written assignments. The assignments also forms part of the overall assessment of the assistant professor’s teaching competence.

Manual for the mandatory assignment 1


Intended Learning Outcome
By writing the assignment, the assistant professor should be able to:
  • conduct pedagogical analyses of own teaching activities and course designs
  • explain pedagogical considerations and critically reflect on choices in connection with own teaching activities by referring to relevant didactical oriented literature from the TDP programme

Assignment content
The assignment must contain an analysis of a course managed by the assistant professor. The analysis must either contain a description of how the elements in the course mutually fit together (the alignment between intended learning outcomes, learning activities, assessment methods, exam forms and examination methods and student profiles), or alternatively the analysis must highlight areas where there is a lack of alignment in an existing course and possibly indicate suggestions for how the problems can be solved.

A key element of the assignment is that it should examine how the intended learning outcome of the analysed course are linked together with the following other elements:

1. The prerequisites of students 

2. the modes of teaching
3. the academic content 

4. the exam and course evaluation
5. resources and constraints

In the assignment, the assistant professor is allowed to argue in favour of placing more emphasis on certain elements than others, provided these are particularly relevant in the specific context. Thus, there is no requirement that all elements must be incorporated with equal weight in the analysis. Likewise, other elements than those listed above may also be incorporated in the analysis if they are relevant.

The assignment should be 5-7 standard A4-pages in length. 


Assessment
The assignment is assessed as either “approved” or “not approved” by the external supervisor.

The assistant professor is notified no later than two weeks after submission whether the assignment has been “approved” or “not approved”.

A meeting is arranged between the assistant professor and the external supervisor for feedback and discussion of the assignment, the challenges analysed, and possible solutions. The external supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the assistant professor receives feedback on the assignment, either in written form or verbally .

Should the assignment be assessed as “not approved”, the external supervisor is obliged to inform the assistant professor in writing about the main shortcomings that have resulted in this assessment. The assistant professor then has the option of revising the assignment, after which the assignment may be submitted for re-assessment.

Opportunity for appeal
If the assistant professor is not satisfied with the assignment being assessed as “not approved”, he or she is entitled to appeal against the assessment grade to the head of the Teacher Development Programme. The second body of appeal is the Head of Learning Support at ITU.

Manual for the mandatory assignment 2


After successfully completing all Teacher Development Programme modules and assignment 1, the assistant professor has to produce a written report as the mandatory assignment 2.

Intended learning outcome
By writing the assignment, the assistant professor should be able to:
  • Describe and reflect on own teaching philosophy in relation to relevant pedagogical theories, didactic principles and teaching methods
  • Identify, analyse and describe own pedagogical development during the TDP period
  • Discuss teaching and supervision practice with colleagues and peers

Assignment content
The written report must contain (1) an abstract and (2) an analysis on the pedagogical competences and development as a teacher during the TDP period.

(1) The abstract about the assistant professor’s teaching profile may contain a short description of:

- Own pedagogical/learning paradigm
- Specific strong teaching competences
- Successful teaching experiments
- Well-managed courses and master thesis supervision processes

The abstract should be 15-20 text lines in length.

(2) The assistant professor’s analysis on own pedagogical competences must partly be related to documentary material from the personal online teaching portfolio, and partly be related to the assistant professor’s ambitions in teaching and education. The analysis can be structured in a way that it shows the development in the assistant professor’s teaching or illustrates a specific didactical theme that the assistant professor has developed during the Teacher Development Programme. The analysis should be substantiated by examples of the assistant professor’s teaching activities or other pedagogical activities.

The analysis should be 4-5 standard A4-pages in length.

Assessment
The assistant professor is notified no later than two weeks after submission whether the
assignment has been “approved” or “not approved”.

Should the assignment be assessed as “not approved”, the external supervisor is obliged to inform the assistant professor in writing about the main shortcomings that have resulted in this assessment. The assistant professor then has the option of revising the assignment, after which the assignment may be submitted for re-assessment.

Opportunity for appeal
If the assistant professor is not satisfied with the assignment being assessed as “not approved”, he or she is entitled to appeal against the assessment grade to the head of the Teacher Development Programme. The second body of appeal is the Head of Learning Support at ITU.