Welcome to Learning to Teach -

A course in university teaching for doctoral teaching assistants

 Five people standing on a roof top smiling at the camera

The course team: Pascal Schmidt, Dr. Pia Scherrer, Dr. Benno Volk, Dr. Julia Kuark, Karin Brown and Dr. Marion Lehner (not depicted)


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for doctoral teaching assistants with teaching duties in the context of exercises, practicals, excursions, or lectures who are 

  • either preparing for a specific teaching assignment or 
  • have been teaching for a maximum of two semesters.


What are the specific learning objectives of the  Learning to Teach course?

After this course, you will be able to...
1         ...plan teaching sequences according to learning objectives 
2         .. engage students in relevant learning activities
3         ...use feedback effectively for guiding learning processes
4         ...lead a group by defining conditions which encourage students’ active engagement
Participants will also develop expertise as teachers by selecting teaching concepts for their own teaching context that encourage students’ active learning.

How does the course proceed?

The Learning to Teach course consists of an online phase and a face-to-face classroom phase.

It contains the following elements in addition to the three classroom days.

Course element Expected workload

Online phase I

4 hours

Online phase II

2 hours

Teaching project

6 hours

Peer review of teaching project

3 hours
Total workload outside classroom days                                               15 hours




What must participants do to fulfill the course certificate requirements?

To obtain a course certificate, participants must undertake all of the following:

  • Complete all online tasks
  • Attend all classroom days fully
  • Document a personal teaching project
  • Peer review teaching projects 


Getting started with the course

  • Please note that you need to have registered for a course in order to proceed. To register, go to http://www.let.ethz.ch/schulung/lehren_lernen/index_EN. 
  • After registration and confirmation that you have been allocated a place in a course, you will receive an invitation mail from the course leader about two weeks before the first classroom day. It contains an enrolment key for the online part of your course.


To proceed to a specific course:

  1. Select the semester in which your course takes place by clicking on the hyperlink at the bottom of this page.
  2. Select your course as indicated by the course names: LT 201x-#: classroom dates day 1+ day 2 + day 3.
  3. Log in using your nethz password. If you have problems with your username or password please contact IT Services support staff at servicedesk@id.ethz.ch
  4. Enter the enrolment key you received in the invitation mail in the "self-enrolment" box. 
  5. Before you proceed to the first online task, you will be asked to complete a short survey. This survey will help us learn more about you as a course participant.
  6. After completing the survey you will be able to access the tasks in "Online phase I".
  7. Please complete all tasks listed under “Online phase I” before the first classroom day.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

We are looking forward to working with you!


Best regards,

Julia K. Kuark, Pia Scherrer, Karin Brown, Pascal Schmidt, Benno Volk, Marion Lehner