Further Education Courses of the

Our further education courses

The further education courses offer a wide range of opportunities to improve and support teaching skills. Various facets of teaching and learning at universities are examined. The individual events usually take the form of seminars or practice-orientated workshops and are designed to promote exchange with other lecturers on the one hand and provide space for self-reflection on the other. Participants have the opportunity to try things out and can bring along their own questions and challenges.

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Subject areas

Along the various challenges facing higher education lecturers, there are different aspects that need to be promoted and further developed. The following subject areas of higher education teaching and learning at the HDZ are defined.

Present & communicate confidently

How can content be presented clearly and convincingly? The focus of this area is on a convincing presentation by using your body and voice consciously and confidently. Visualisations, gripping rhetoric and a physical and vocal presence will help you to appear confident and keep the attention of your students.

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Supervise & assess fairly and efficiently

How do I deal with the tension between supervising and assessing? What do I need to consider when students write in English as a second language? Supervisors of student work are confronted with various challenges, which are addressed in the courses and workshops in this area.

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Design evidence-based teaching & learning processes

What is good teaching, how are learning processes initiated and what contributes to learning success?This focus is all about the planning of student-centred courses and the question of initiating and maintaining teaching and learning processes.We offer scientifically based courses and workshops on topics such as activating methods in courses or the initiation of cognitively demanding thought processes.

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Promote sustainability professionally and take heterogeneity into account

Why should I promote an awareness of responsible behaviour in society in my higher education teaching? How can I establish a substantive link between sustainability aspects and my own discipline? And how should I deal with critical events and the increasing diversity of students? These and other topics form the core of this specialisation.

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Course instructors / speakers

The courses are developed and run by experts who have the relevant qualifications in the subject area being taught. They work on the basis of the latest scientific findings and have proven themselves in practice. They may be university members or self-employed specialists.

Target group

Our courses are generally open to anyone working in university teaching. In addition to professors, lecturers, assistants and teaching assistants at universities, the continuing education courses are also aimed at staff working in study programmes or administration. If specific prerequisites are required, these are set out in the course announcement. The number of participants depends on the format and content, the course language corresponds to the course description (German or English). A certificate of attendance is issued after successful completion of the course and an attendance rate of at least 90%.


The training courses are short events lasting between half a day and a maximum of one day. Depending on the format and topic, different methods are used (e.g. targeted theoretical input in the form of lectures, practice-oriented teaching discussions, transfer-oriented pair/group work, moderated discussions, case studies or reflections). The courses are held online or in blended learning. Face-to-face events usually take place on the campus of the University of St.Gallen.

Course fees

For members of the University of St.Gallen, the course fee is covered by the University. External participants will be charged CHF 180 for a half-day course and CHF 300 for a full-day course.

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