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Research-based education in university pedagogy

"The university of Tampere educates shapers of the future, people who understand the world and will change it. The University emphasises the close connection between teaching and research, and the social impact of its activities."   -The strategy of the University of Tampere for 2016-2020

University pedagogy stands for research-based education and development of teaching and learning in the academic community.  With the term university pedagogy, we do not refer just to individual, but also to collegial pedagogical competency that is promoted, sustained and fostered within the university community. Pedagogical competency results in excellent curriculum, learning environments and processes, and high quality learning outcomes.

University pedagogy at the University of Tampere emphasizes

  • critical thinking and interdisciplinary dialogue to promote teaching and learning at the university
  • experimental and developmental approach to promote research-teaching nexus
  • collegial, participatory and reciprocal procedures to promote well-being and engagement (of both staff and students)

The Faculty of Education provides research-based education in university pedagogy. Read more about the research group 'Higher Education in Transition' (HET).

Qualifications and course offerings

In Finland, the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (60 ECTS) is required in vocational education, adult education and in the universities of applied sciences, but not in research universities. However, when applying for a teaching post in Finnish universities, in practice, an introductory course of university pedagogy (10 ECTS/270 hours) is highly recommended or required.

The Faculty of Education offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education/ University pedagogy (60 ECTS) in Finnish and a Certified Pedagogical Education “Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” (10 ECTS) in English.

The introductory course Teaching and learning in higher education (10 ECTS) has been organized in English in 2014, 2015, 2016-2017 and spring of 2018. This course is targeted at international professors, teachers, researchers, supervisors and doctoral researchers working at the University of Tampere, especially those who are interested in developing their pedagogical expertise and linking up with colleagues with similar interests.


PEDAYOP Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (10 op)

A bilingual university pedagogy course Teaching and Learning in Higher Education will be organised during the spring semester 2019. The application period is 14.-30.11.2018, after which the results of the selection process will be announced (by the week 50 the latest). The intake is 30 participants and the selection will be made based on the applications. In order to be selected, the applicant has to have a working contract to the Tampere new University (UTA/TUT), or one has to be a doctoral student in the university. Priority is given to those who teach, to tenure track personnel, who have agreed with their supervisors / heads of units to participate, and who do not have prior pedagogical training. The application process also emphasises having participants from different faculties and departments, applicant's motivation and ability to commit to the studies.

Contact teaching schedule

The course consists of a guided learning process that includes contact teaching, study circles, reading literature, practice, developing one's own teaching and creating a teaching portfolio. Contact teaching will be in English. The literature and study circles work in English or in Finnish. During the course, the participants work in multidisciplinary study groups creating a peer network over the faculty boudanries. The pratical training happens in a teaching situation, during a course or another kind of process which is developed as a whole.

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Transnational programmes 

The introductory course can be tailored to different international or domestic universities or partners on demand. The first transnational programme was organized with RMUTT, Thailand, in April-June 2016, and after that six more programmes have been organised in 2016-2018, and a training programme for trainers in university pedagogy is going on. In collaboration with Anima Education, Brazil, we have first program going on in 2017-2018. These programmes are implemented in collaboration with Finland University.

Some reflections of the learning outcomes

“During the course, my teacher’s identity developed the most -- my career has been strongly focused on research and I have thought that I identify with the researcher community the most. During this spring, I ”found” my teacher colleagues in a way, and the most important observation was that regardless of the discipline and the teaching subject, the challenges and experiences of success were similar to all of us.”

“I found names, concepts for things that I am surrounded by and which are now easier to grasp.”

“I truly learned to look at myself, my work and my work community from another point of view, and that point of view was not bad at all.”

“I had not previously thought about the issue of how important it is to engage to studies and the university community as a starting point for learning.“

“It was very healthy to put yourself in the role of the student and see the academic world from that point of view”

Further information:

Training for staff of University of Tampere
Johanna Annala, Adjunct Professor, Senior Lecturer, Ph.D., johanna.annala(at), tel.  +358 40 190 4090

Jyri Lindén, Senior Lecturer, Ph.D., jyri.linden(at), tel. +358 50 318 6969

Kaisu Mälkki, Senior Lecturer, Ph. D., kaisu.malkki(at), tel. +358 50 437 7486

International Education and Training
Terhi Skaniakos, Senior Lecturer, Ph.D., terhi.skaniakos(a), tel. +358 50 417 7277

Milla Kinnunen, University teacher, M.Ed., milla.kinnunen(a), tel. +358 50 437 7043

Mirka Gustafsson, Key Account Manager, Finland University FINUNI mirka.gustafsson(at), tel. +358 40 190 4087
Outi Stüber, Project manager, M.Ed., outi.stuber(a), tel. +358 40 190 1804


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