Teaching in Higher Education in an International Classroom

This course is aimed at teachers at Universities of Applied Sciences (in Dutch: hbo). This course is equivalent to the official teaching qualification course for teachers of applied sciences (in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid (BDB)). This course is unique in the sense that it combines the didactic teaching qualification course with a focus on teaching in the international classroom.

The course can be combined with the course Teaching Qualification Assessment and Examination in an International Classroom (TQA-IC) to acquire a qualification in assessment and examination in Universities of Applied Sciences (in Dutch: BasisKwalifatie Examinering - BKE). 


The course meetings are planned around themes that are relevant for teaching, course design and assessment. Themes for teaching include teacher-class interaction in large groups (lectures), small groups and in supervising students, with a focus on teaching and learning in an international context. Related to course design we will focus on formulating learning objectives, designing effective learning activities and assignments whilst taking into account the cultural factors that play a role in an international learning environment. Lastly, for the theme assessment and grading, aspects such as different grading systems and different assessment practices are addressed and the role of feedback is discussed.


There are seven full course days focusing on the following topics:

  • Session 1: Making the connection (introduction/intercultural competencies)
  • Session 2: Attention please (lectures and activating students)
  • Session 3: Designing engaging lessons (alignment)
  • Session 4: Coaching and guiding students
  • Session 5: Motivation and feedback
  • Session 6: Assessment and grading
  • Session 7: During the last session we will discuss video recordings of your own teaching practice and provide feedback on your own course design.


After you have successfully finished this programme, you will be able to:

  • Analyse and improve your own teaching behaviour systematically in an international classroom, especially how you influence effective learning of your students who are often not native speakers of English
  • Methodically design or revise the courses you teach, in which you apply the principles of active learning on defining learning objectives, designing learning activities and assessing students and adept this to an international context
  • Systematically reflect on your knowledge, skills and attitudes and hence guide your professional development and cultural sensitivity as a teacher.
Most useful to me was the opportunity to take the time to dive into the theory again and to re-assess my own courses. I also enjoyed the group discussions and peer learning opportunities.


Teachers of Universities of Applied Sciences who (will) teach in an international classroom.


Between 200-280 hours (course meetings: 56 hours, self study: 100 hours, course design: around 75 hours, reflection and observation: around 50 hours, portfolio writing and assessment: around 30 hours)


There are seven meetings. All meetings are on Tuesdays from 9.30-16.30 hrs

  • 6 November 2018
  • 20 November 2018
  • 4 December 2018
  • 18 December 2018
  • 15 January 2018
  • 29 January 2019
  • 12 February 2019 (combined with TQA-IC)
  • Assessment: 20 March 2019 (could be combined with TQA-IC) and 27 March 2019. 


€ 3830,- (portfolio assessment included)


Participants receive a Teaching Qualification in Higher Education (TQHE-IC, in Dutch: BDB) when all sessions have been attended and the portfolio shows that the applicant masters all necessary competencies for obtaining the Teaching Qualification in Higher Education in an International Classroom.


Please fill in the application form before 22 October 2018.