Education in teaching and learning in higher education (SUHF)

In Chalmers University of Technology’s Appointment Regulations for Teaching and Research Faculty (C 2021-0613), it is stated that:
For positions that involve responsibility for examinations in undergraduate education (the bachelor and master levels), applicants must have been educated in higher education pedagogics in accordance with SUHF’s recommendations ​(REK 2016:1)​ or equivalent education for a total of at least 10 weeks of full-time study (400 hours/15 higher education credits).”
The requirements specified in the recommendations of the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) on general learning outcomes for the teaching qualifications required for employment as an academic teacher (REK 2016:1)  include the following:
  • Meeting the seven general learning outcomes (see below).
  • Completing at least ten weeks’ full-time studies, which is equivalent to 400 study hours or 15 higher education credits (HEC) .
  • Writing an independent project/study concerning teaching and learning within one’s own field of knowledge.
  • Initiating a teaching portfolio.
SUHF’s seven general learning outcomes for higher education teaching qualifications entail that one should have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. discuss and problematise student learning in the participant’s own subject area, on the basis of research in educational sciences and/or subject didactics of relevance for teaching in HE
  2. independently and jointly with others, plan, implement and evaluate teaching and assessment in higher education with a scientific, scholarly, or artistic basis and within their own area of knowledge
  3. make use of, and assist in the development of, physical and digital learning environments to promote learning for groups and for individuals
  4. interact with students in an inclusive manner and demonstrate knowledge of rules and regulations regarding students with disabilities and of available student support
  5. apply relevant national and local rules and regulations, and to discuss society’s objectives for HE and the academic teaching role in terms of the participant’s own practice and students’ active participation in HE
  6. reflect on their professional approach to academic teaching and their relationship with the students, and also towards the fundamental values of higher education, such as democracy, internationalisation, gender equality, equal opportunities and sustainability
  7. collect, analyse and communicate their own and others’ experiences of teaching and learning practices, and relevant outcomes of research, as a basis for the development of educational practice and of the academic profession.
When applying for promotion or a position at Chalmers, it is the responsibility of the applicant to show that they meet this set of specific pedagogical education requirements. This is done by choosing the most appropriate of the six options below and following the corresponding instructions. The applicant has:

  1. a Chalmers Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education awarded in 2021 or later
  2. a Chalmers Diploma of Higher Education awarded before 2021 but meeting the current Diploma requirements 
  3. completed the course package in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from Gothenburg University in 2017 or later
  4. a collection of courses in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education that together meet the SUHF recommendations
  5. other forms of teacher training focusing on adult learning with relevance for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and that meets the SUHF recommendations
  6. not met the SUHF recommendations at this time
Requested materials such as awarded diplomas, course transcripts and certificates and self-assessments need to be included in the Pedagogical Portfolio or compiled into a file titled Pedagogical training qualifications and then uploaded with the application.

1. Awarded a Chalmers Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2021 or later

The Chalmers Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education awarded in 2021 or later fulfils the SUHF recommendations. The current Diploma requirements are as follows:
  • A total of 15 higher education credits (HEC) or ten weeks’ full-time studies (400 study hours) worth of courses including:
    • An introductory course on teaching and learning in higher education, which covers central concepts such as active learning and constructive alignment and includes a practical teaching exercise and a reflective assignment on one’s teaching practice. Examples of Chalmers courses in this category are University Teaching and Learning (CLS925) and Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (GFOK020). 
    • A course that covers issues of diversity and inclusion in relation to learning in higher education. A Chalmers course in this category is Diversity and Inclusion for Learning in Higher Education (CLS930). 
    • A course in the form of an independent study or development project concerning teaching and learning within one’s own field of knowledge. Examples of Chalmers courses in this category are Pedagogical Project (CLS935), Enhancing Learning through Writing (CLS940), Blended Learning and Digital Media in Higher Education (CIU955, 5 HEC) or Course development for constructive alignment and professional practice (CIU945, 3 HEC).
    • Additional courses in teaching and learning in higher education aimed at deepening one’s knowledge of relevant topics, such as theories of learning, flipped classroom, project courses or writing supervision, but excluding courses on research supervision (which is now a separate qualification requirement for promotion at Chalmers). Examples of Chalmers courses in this category are Theoretical Perspectives on Learning (CLS900), Blended Learning in Higher Education (CLS901), Supervising Writing Processes (CLS910), Teaching Project-based Courses (CLS915), Learning in Digital Media (CIU910), Philosophies of Learning (CIU915), Writing for publication and for constructive alignment (CIU940) and offered by KI with Chalmers participation Two2Tango: Tandems for Teaching in English.
  • A concluding critical reflection on one’s personal pedagogical development informed by the pedagogical training and courses one has completed. From 2021 this is done as the course Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (CLS920, 0,5 HEC).
The Diploma that meets these requirements, is to be up uploaded with the application as part of the Pedagogical Portfolio or in a separate file with your Pedagogical training qualifications.

2. Awarded a Chalmers Diploma of Higher Education before 2021 and meeting the current Diploma requirements

A Chalmers Diploma of Higher Education awarded before 2021 does not necessarily meet the current SUHF recommendations due to greater flexibility in terms of course combinations and research supervision training being possible to include in the past. For example, Diplomas awarded before 2018 will lack a course on diversity and inclusion in relation to learning in higher education, which is easily remedied by taking the course Diversity and Inclusion for Learning in Higher Education (CLS930).
For an older Diploma to meet the SUHF recommendations it needs to meet the current Diploma requirements as listed above under Option 1: Awarded a Chalmers Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2021 or later.
An older Diploma that meets the requirements, is to be uploaded with the application as part of the Pedagogical Portfolio or in a separate a file with your Pedagogical training qualifications. If an older Diploma does not completely meet the requirements but has been complemented later with appropriate courses, the “Pedagogical training qualifications” file needs to include the Diploma, the updated course transcripts/certificates and a note explaining how the education parts together meets the new Diploma requirements.

3. Completed the course package in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from Gothenburg University in 2017 or later

Since Gothenburg University (GU) and Chalmers share a close collaboration, the course package in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (PIL) at GU is listed as a special case:

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 1: Basic Course (PIL101/HPE101) 
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2: Subject Field Pedagogy (PIL102/HPE102)
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 3: Applied Analysis (PIL103/HPE103)
These three courses taken together after 2017 meet the SUHF recommendations. The course transcripts/certificates are submitted as part of your Pedagogical Portfolio or separately with your Pedagogical training qualifications.

4. Completed a collection of courses in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education that together meet the SUHF recommendations

Since the SUHF recommendations also address mutual recognition of teaching qualifications between Swedish higher education institutions, it is possible to meet the pedagogical requirement at Chalmers through a collection of courses from other higher education institutions in Sweden or in a mix with courses from Chalmers.
If the applicant belongs to this category, they need to explain in writing how the collection of courses in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education meets the SUHF requirements listed above. The argumentation is to be uploaded together with the course transcripts/certificates as part of the “Pedagogical training qualifications” file in ReachMee.
An alternative approach, especially if the courses are part of the Chalmers Diploma course package, is that the applicant explains in writing how their mix of courses correspond to the current Diploma requirements as listed above under Option 1: Awarded a Chalmers Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2021 or later. Again, the argumentation is to be uploaded together with the course transcripts/certificates.

5. Completed other forms of teacher training focusing on adult learning with relevance for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education that meets the SUHF recommendations

It is possible to meet the SUHF recommendations through other forms of teacher training focusing on adult learning, for example by having completed courses in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from higher education institutions outside of Sweden. Relevance for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a key criterion here.
In these cases, the same procedure as outlined under Option 4 above applies. It is however of extra importance to be explicit about the focus, content, and extent of the training (study hours) as well as to thoroughly describe how this training is relevant for university teaching.

6. Presently not meeting the SUHF recommendations

In Chalmers University of Technology’s Appointment Regulations for Teaching and Research Faculty (C 2021-0613), it is stated that:
“Exceptions may be made for external recruitment, but applicants are then required to undergo education in higher education pedagogics comprising at least 10 weeks of full-time study during the first two years of employment.” 
External applicants that do not fill the requirements for teaching and learning in higher education as described above can be hired for a permanent position under the condition that the required education, e.g., offered at Chalmers in the form of the Diploma course package, is completed within the first two years of employment. ​
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