Teaching and learning at Uppsala University
The programme for Teaching and learning at Uppsala University contains visions for the University’s teaching and learning activities and their further development. The programme is rooted in the University’s Mission and Core Values (UFV 2013/110) and provides guidance regarding the organisation of first- and second-cycle education (Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes) as well as several issues regarding third-cycle education (PhD programmes). The programme encompasses four overall objectives for teaching and learning, which together provide a substantive framework for sustainable quality assurance and enhancement.
These four objectives were established in the programme for Teaching and Learning from 2008, and are firmly grounded in research within the field of academic teaching and learning as well as in practical experience and established best practice. The programme highlights how the University, its teachers and other staff develop conditions for high-quality education and for student learning, how students contribute to and benefit from the opportunities that these conditions provide, and how teachers’ competences are enhanced and rewarded.
These overarching objectives for the University’s teaching and learning activities emerge from specific fundamental tasks:
- Establishing the best possible Conditions for student learning
- The continuous Development of educational programmes
- Teaching staff at Uppsala University shall be provided with opportunities for Professional development in academic teaching and learning and subject didactics
- Recognition and enhancement of The legitimacy of teaching in terms of career building in order to make it attractive for teachers to combine high-quality teaching with high-quality research
Teaching and learning at Uppsala University can serve as a useful guide and as inspiration in a range of activities.
It can for example provide a starting point for designing new educational programmes and for following up on and renewing existing programmes. The programme for Teaching and learning can also serve as a basis for formulating questions and criteria for promoting educational development and quality in relation to educational quality evaluations.
To assist in establishing the programme’s visions in practice, support will be offered to the various user roles in the University: teachers, course or programme coordinators, heads of department, directors of studies/educational leaders, and student representatives and students. User suggestions, based on examples, will illustrate how the contents of the programme can be used as support and inspiration for continuing development.