Teaching qualification programme for lecturers in universities of applied sciences

Teaching qualification programme for lecturers in universities of applied sciences

<< Back to course overview teachers higher education (Dutch)
<< View the Dutch version of this course (Basisopleiding hbo-docent)

Lecturers at universities of applied sciences work in a dynamic and demanding environment in which they benefit greatly from being able to rely on a strong didactic foundation in programme design, the teaching practice, and the supervision of students. This degree programme is aimed at obtaining the teaching qualification for lecturers in universities of applied sciences (in Dutch, Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid or BDB). Universities generally expect all staff members with teaching duties to have this qualification in order to obtain a permanent contract of employment.

Who is this aimed at?

This training programme is aimed at beginning or current lecturers at universities of applied sciences who do not hold a degree in education. In order to participate you must have a contract for a position of at least 0.4 FTE as a lecturer at a university of applied sciences during the period in which you take the course. Dutch speaking lecturers who want to take this programme, are required to teach in English.

To test your skills and competencies, it is necessary that you are able to perform the following tasks during the degree programme:

  • teaching practice (teaching) 
  • supervising students in their learning process, individually or in groups, for example in the role of academic career coach or supervising interns or graduation assignments 
  • course design, which entails designing or redesigning a course or part of a course

Teaching qualification programme for lecturers in universities of applied sciences

The programme is competency-oriented, covering all the responsibilities of the lecturer, including implementing and supervising education, designing tests and quality assurance, and supervision of students. The assignments consist of activities from your own teaching experience, such as designing a course or test.

Prior to the first meeting with your lecturer trainer, you will create a personal development plan based on the competency profile. You will also make a video recording of one of your educational supervision situations. Both of these become part of your portfolio. Then you will work on developing your competencies, making use of a variety of input: teaching sessions, feedback from the lecturer trainer and your colleagues in the working group, material from your own teaching experience, literature study, and experiments with situations in your work situation. In your personal development plan, you will also keep track of the didactic interventions that you design and try out and what effect they have.

The lecturer trainers use examples of behaviour and critical self-reflection to help you understand how you can work on your development. The course also addresses various supervisory roles. Feedback on this topic from the course attendees results in interesting discussions. Space is explicitly created for the experiences of, input from, and demonstrations by the participants. You will work part of the time in a learning group which makes use of the digital learning environment Canvas.
Five core competencies have been developed for the profession of lecturer at a university of applied sciences. The basic assumption in regard to these competencies is maximum learning potential for the students following your courses. As a lecturer, it is often necessary to achieve this effect within a limited time and using limited means. In the Basic Teaching Qualification programme, you will learn how to go about this in a way that works for you.

Once you have completed the programme, you will have developed the core competencies of a lecturer at a university of applied sciences at the basic level at least. You will create a portfolio with concrete products (skills tests) in the lecturer skill areas of implementing teaching, developing teaching, and supervising students individually and in groups. This portfolio demonstrates that you have mastered these skills at least at the level of the basic qualification.

The indicators for the core competencies that are part of the basic qualification are as follows:

1.    Didactic flexibility: You will make two video recordings of educational situations in which you are teaching, one at the beginning of the study programme and one at the end.
2.    Social flexibility: As part of a working group in a special skills lab, you will work on a case involving coaching taken from your own teaching experience.
3.    Developing teaching: You will provide commentary on the cycle of the didactic process by placing your own product (such as a teaching package, part of the curriculum, or a test) within that cycle and substantiating it.
4.    Collaboration: You will describe the constructive contributions you have made to various forms of discussion and by working with your 'critical friend group' during the course.
5.    Conscious lecturership: You will practice conscious lecturership as part of your personal development plan.

At the end of the programme, your portfolio will be filled with the skills tests you have compiled in relation to the three lecturer skills. The most important non-material results of the study programme are the competencies you have developed, expanded on, and fine-tuned by taking these skills tests and by experiencing the processes during the study programme. Once you have attended enough teaching sessions and have successfully completed the skills tests, you will receive a certificate for Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheden (basic qualification for didactic skills, BDB).
For more information, please send an email to: learnacademy@vu.nl.
The LEARN! Academy can also provide this study programme on location at the university ('in-company') on request. Lecturers at universities of applied sciences with more than four years of experience at an institute of higher education who do not have their educational qualifications can follow an individual track focused on obtaining their Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid (teaching qualification or short BDB). Both the in-company course and the individual course can be offered in English if desired. For more information about this possibility, please send an email to: learnacademy@vu.nl