Kick-start your Teaching
Kick-start your Teaching is an onboarding programme focused on employees new in a teaching or supervising role. The programme aims for new lecturers to have adequate knowledge and skills when they start teaching. It includes some basic didactical skills for teaching and supervising, building their network within the teaching community and gaining general knowledge on teaching at TU Delft.
Kick-start Your Teaching originates from a collaboration between the Recognition & Rewards programme, the Teaching Academy & Teaching and Learning Services. The initiative aims to support early career academics in their teaching role and stimulate reflection and conversation about teaching for everyone. In events and podcast series we facilitate interaction between those new in a teaching role and the more experienced lecturers and experts within the TU Delft.
Originated from the in collaboration with the Teaching Academy & Teaching and Learning Services, this initiative aims to stimulate reflection and conversation about teaching and facilitate interaction between those new in a teaching role and the more experienced lecturers and experts within the TU Delft.
In practice it consists of:
- An online kick-start module to give a solid base for all lecturers and supervisors new in their role at TU Delft. (coming soon)
- An on-campus introduction day focused on teaching community, context of the educational organisation and workshops in teaching/supervising skills.
- Multiple on-campus follow-up events that are focussed on topics like wellbeing, resilience, reflection and problem solving. The set-up of these activities is focused on developing skills and creating connection. The content is flexible and easily adjusted to the needs of the participants. (check the Kick-start your Teaching events page for more details)
Together with the different faculty onboarding initiatives, we hope to give our new lecturers a kick-start in their teaching and supervising role. Our target groups are assistant professors, postdocs, PhD-ers and 100% lecturers who start their teaching tasks at TU Delft. We reach out to them and invite them to join the programme activities. Please note that others are welcome too.
Other related projets and inititiaves are:
- Podcast series: Adventures in Teaching
- Learning through peer-based matching, visiting, and reflecting on your teaching: TUnder
- Teacher Identity project in collaboration with TPM - coming soon
- Accent on education lunch - Pilot event scheduled for the 19th of june. Target group is scientific staff with an accent on education.
- Masterclasses - continue reading under (+) I'm an experienced lecturer.
- Onboarding workgroup - read more under (+) I'm management/support
- Introduction day: This day is focused on introducing you to your fellow teaching colleagues. It includes a speeddate, an activity to learn more about the educational organisation. And you get the chance to work on your skills during a bite size UTQ (University Teaching Qualification) workshop, either on the topic of ‘start to teach’ or ‘start to supervise’.
- Human Library and problem-solving session: Perhaps you are brand new to the world of teaching. Perhaps you have years of experience but want to hear of the teaching culture at TU Delft or want to know more about specific innovations. Either way, during the human library session, you will chat to human books (i.e., experienced TU Delft lecturers) in an informal setting – basically sharing insights, tips and tricks with each other. During the problem-solving workshop, you will work together with your peers on common case scenarios that you might come across when teaching.
- Wellbeing & Resilience: Together with the Study Climate Programme we host workshops and interactive sessions to get to know more about resilience, the balance between personal and professional teaching and get a chance to explore your personal strengths. With this event we focus on your wellbeing as a lecturer/supervisor as well as the wellbeing of your students.
- Reflective engineering: What would barbie do? This is a workshop hosted by the Reflective Engineering Programme. In this session we will go deeper into the subject of reflecting and experience the advantages of reflecting as a new lecturer and how you could use reflection in your teaching.
Note: we are open to feedback and suggestions and are keen to tailor make this initiative to suit the needs of our lecturers. If you have ideas as to what you would like to see during a follow-up event or you would like to partake in any way, please do get in touch.
NB. The specific event dates are still pending. Once final, the dates will be communicated in the calendar on the side of this page, as well as in the general Teaching Academy Agenda.
Introduction Day new lecturers
January, June & September
Human Library & Problem-Solving Session
Welcome to Teaching at TU Delft!
Join our kickstart module
Watch the Introduction to the Educational Organisation video
This video will be part of the online brightspace environment/ online module of Kick-start your Teaching by January 2024.
Listen to the Adventures in Teaching Podcast
Meanwhile check out the Adventures in Teaching podcast and the new lecturer’s checklist to get you started!
If you did the introduction and want more: please sign up for TUnder. In this pilot we want to match experienced lecturers with new lecturers to learn together. In short you will visit someone’s teaching activity and they will visit your teaching activity. After the visit you will give feedback and reflect on both visits and what you have learned from it or how it inspired your development.
I have an idea for a masterclass or workshop within the Kick-start Your Teaching programme
We love to collaborate with other initiatives such as we do with the Reflective Engineering and the Study Climate team. But individual ideas and contributions are also welcome. If you have an idea for an event, a masterclass or a workshop please contact the team by sending an email.
Share your experience with others, get inspired and develop your own skills
- Become a 'book' in our human library; send email.
- Contribute to the Adventures in Teaching podcast, send email.
- Join TUnder and get matched with a peer to observe each other's teaching and learn together.
- Develop your teaching/supervising/pedagogical skills in trainings from Teaching and Learning Services
Development - TUnder
Get matched with a peer and start reflecting on your teaching in our TUnder programme.
Development - Masterclasses & TLS events
Join one of the masterclasses that are being piloted at the moment. You are also more than welcome to suggest a (topic for a) masterclass. Get in contact by sending an email.
Next tot his, also do not forget to check out the training & events page on the Teaching Support website and the agenda on the Teaching Academy website for more intersting events.
Referring your new staff
There is a lot of info out there for new lecturers and it can be difficult to figure out where to redirect your staff when it comes to settling in. This is a great start! Referring your new team members to this onboarding initiative will ensure they are starting off with the necessary tools and knowledge to make them feel comfortable upon starting their journey at TU Delft, whether it is taking part in our online modules, listening to our podcasts or joining in on our on-campus events. We will try our best to reach out to them directly. But it can be that some may ‘fall through the cracks’. So please feel free to send your new teaching staff our way when they arrive.
Collaborate via the onboarding workgroup (onboarding focused on teaching)
The objective of this workgroup is 1) to align central activities with faculty activities, 2) to inform each other on new developments and 3) to contribute to each other's initiatives as nobody needs to reinvent the wheel!
The results of the onboarding workgroup thus fare are:
- A checklist for new lecturers
- An animation on the TU Delft education organisation (included in online module)
- Sparking new inititaives and products across faculties that add to the early experience in teaching.
From each faculty we have one or more representatives. If you want to know more and/or be involved, please contact Danielle Rietdijk