Every year we provide an open-enrollment programme Teaching in Higher Education for universities of applied sciences. This programme fits the BDB teaching qualification. Meanwhile there is a growing demand of teachers to develop their teaching skills in an international classroom. Now we have combined these two perspectives in Teaching in Higher Education in an International Classroom (THE-IC). The programme can be combined with the course BKE-IC to acquire a BKE qualification. 


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) and in small groups and 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, 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 bridging the gap between different cultures in educational systems and the role of feedback are addressed.


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.


This combined programme is divided into two parts. There are three options: you can either

  • participate in Part I;
  • participate in Part I and Part II;
  • participate in Part II.

Part I: THE-IC

There are seven course days focusing on the subjects, observation and feedback from your own practice, video peer-consultation, e-tivities, assignments and literature. 
Subjects: Making the connection, attention please, designing engaging lessons, coaching and guiding students, motivation and feedback, assessment and grading.

Course load
Depending on your experience: around 280 hours (course meetings: 56 hours, self study: 56 hours, project designing education: around 80 hours, reflection and teaching activities: around 50 hours, final report (portfolio), assessment: around 24 hours)


There are seven meetings. All meetings are from 9.30-16.30 hrs:

  • 6 February 2018
  • 20 February 2018
  • 6 March 2018
  • 20 March 2018
  • 3 April 2018
  • 17 April 2018
  • 8 May 2018
  • First week of July 2018: portfolio assessment

Part II: BKE-IC qualification

Workshops: the frameworks of assessment and grading (integrated in THE-IC), the quality of exam questions and  assignments, using rubrics, evaluate the quality of your tests and make proposals for improvements, taking into account the international classroom.

Course load
BKE workshops: 24 hours. Preparing your BKE portfolio and assessment: 30 hours


  • To be scheduled

Target group

Teachers of Universities of Applied Sciences


All meetings take place in Amsterdam/Diemen


  • THE-IC (part I): € 3830
  • BKE-IC (part II): € 1280
  • Total: € 5110


Please fill in the application form before 23 January 2018 if you wish to attend the THE-IC course that will start on 6 February 2018. 

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