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Evaluation and Higher Education Didactics

Evaluation and Higher Education Didactics

Within the field of activities related to "Continuous Development of Quality in Teaching and Professionalization of Teaching Staff" we regulary evaluate courses, modules, and degree programs. The central evaluation regulations from the legal basis for conducting the evaluation procedure at the University of Potsdam. The Faculty's regulations on evaluating courses, modules, and degree programs are currently under review. For a draft used for discussion plase click here.

Even if many teachers question the benefits of "criticism of lectures and tutorial by students", we want to encourage you to have your teaching regularly evaluated. This gives you the opportunity to get feedback about how students perceive the quality of your teaching. Where are your strenghts? Where is still potential for improvement? We attach considerable importance to enter into a dialog with students about the survey results. The Potsdam Evaluation Portal (PEP) will support you in preparing the evaluation. 

Would you prefer a quantitative method for evaluation your teaching? You can document this on the Potsdam Evaluation Portal as well. We will send you a selction of suitable methods and upon request.

A third opportunity to evaluate your teaching/ courses at the HWF is the pilot project How is teaching going? Do you want a "critical friend" to look over your shoulder? - and then swap roles? Then our  call for proposals might be interesting for you. We are looking forward to your participation -  which will probably be honored with the Best Teaching award!


Training offers in higher education didactics

On a regular basis, we offer events in the "Good Teaching" series, which are primarily designed for newly hired teachers who gain their firs teaching experiences at the University of Potsdam. You find an overview of past information events and training courses under "Reports and Projects". Please, contact us if you see a topic that could also be presented in a workshop to wider audience. We well take care off the organizational needs.

In addition to the information events and workshops of the Faculty and the University, we would like to draw your attention to the training offer for university teachers of the Brandenburg Network Quality of Studies  (sqb). Free consultations, certificate programs, and workshops deal with topic in higher education didactics. PhD students are invited to attend the advanced training courses of the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS) and to improve their competences in four areas: Presentation & Communication Skills, Management Skills, Writing Skills as well as Career Development & Orientation.

All teachers using digital media during their lessons and seminars can benefit from the offers provided by the department Teaching and Media of the Center for Teaching Quality Development  (ZfQ). It system Moodle and alternatives as well as many other methods and media. If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty's e-learning coordinatior Mr. Patrick Seeger.