Dealing with teaching challenges

Professional skills courses

Course information

Number of sessions: 1
Hours per session: 4
Course fee: 

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • € 230,- for non-members
  • Consult our enrolment policy for more information


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)

In the academic year 2023-2024 this course will take place offline.

Edition 1 (offline)

September 20 (Wednesday) 2023
Langeveld building (campus map), room 1.10

Edition 2 (offline)

February 27 (Tuesday) 2024
Mandeville building (campus map), room T19-01

Enrolment available from the end of October.

Edition 3 (offline)

June 24 (Monday) 2024
Mandeville building (campus map), room T19-01

Enrolment available from December.

Aims and working method

Many PhD candidates do some teaching next to their research activities. When they lack teaching experience or proper didactical training, however, they will need to find out, for a significant part by themselves, how to design, offer and manage a course properly.

For instance, they will need to learn and experience how to prepare for a course meeting effectively; how to design a course that is both fun and productive; how to make a classroom safe but also challenging, critical, and open to diverse ideas; and how to deal with frictions and complaints.

This workshop offers a moment of reflection on such matters. Participants will be asked to share their teaching questions and concerns, and to give each other advice.

We hope the workshop can give PhD candidates some practical support for their teaching activities. Other and more comprehensive didactical courses can be followed at RISBO, Community for Learning and Innovation, and TeachEUR.

Learning objectives

After completing the workshop participants will have learned how they can possibly deal with various teaching challenges experienced by themselves and other participants.

Entry level and relevance

Because the course relies on input and reflection from participants, the course is particularly suited and relevant for people who have at least some teaching experience.

How to prepare

Participants will be asked to share questions about teaching and offer a detailed description of the situations or circumstances in which these questions emerged.

About the instructor

Dr. Fadi Hirzalla is the Graduate School senior lecturer and methodology consultant. He specialises in quantitative and qualitative methods and methodology, next to his substantive interests in citizenship and new media, with a particular focus on intercultural relations and young people. Prior to joining the Graduate School, he worked at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University.