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Academic teaching


Cantoni L.

Course director

Tardini S.

Course director


Goal of this course is to provide PhD students and teaching assistants of the Faculties of Communication Sciences at USI with a basic training on Teaching and Learning at the Bachelor and Master levels. That competence will integrate their competences in research, with a significant benefit for their future academic career.
At the end of the course participants will:

  1. know basic notions of pedagogy and didactics and their implications for the teaching practice;
  2. be able to consistently design teaching activities with a proper selection of teaching strategies;
  3. be able to effectively run teaching activities, using the appropriate tools and managing students in the classroom;
  4. be able to design and run effective evaluations of teaching activities;
  5. be more aware of the most important learning/teaching dynamics.

Course Structure
The in-presence workload for participants will be 28 hours (3 ECTS):

  • 20 hours of classes
  • 8 hours for the presentation & discussion of a final lecture


  • Principles of teaching and learning I
  • Principles of teaching and learning II
  • Fundamentals of Instructional design
  • ICT in teaching & learning
  • Assessment, evaluation and tutoring/mentoring
  • Lectures by students and debriefing I
  • Lectures by students and debriefing II

Evaluation and accreditation
Participants will be required to:

  1. prepare a 40-minutes lecture about a topic they feel confident with; they will teach their lecture during the last classes
  2. write a short report about the Instructional (re-)design process they have adopted for the preparation of the lecture.