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Locally embedded academic development project

Practical Information

Language, Admission requirements, Application deadline and Scope

  • Language: English. However, you may write your essay and partake in discussions in Norwegian. 
  • The Introductory module must be started and preferably completed before entering this course.

  • Admission for UiO staff only.

  • 50 hours 

Course sessions spring 2022

This course run in English

Course sessions  

  • January 20th. 09.15 - 12.00
  • March 23rd. 10.15 - 12.00  (some faculties arrange their own meeting)
  • May 25th. 09.15 - 11.00.

Work between sessions

  • Based on a local problem or challenge, you will undertake analysis, initiate actions, test out new practices, and/or contribute to the knowledge basis of quality enhancement of the educational provision in the unit/department/faculty with which you affiliate.
  • We strongly encourage connecting your development work to a larger-scale development project at the departments/ faculty, as well as to cooperate with other colleges in your department/faculty.
  • Individual course essay (2-3 pages). 


This course uses Canvas. See tips and guides for Canvas.

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Why this course?

This course centres around a locally embedded educational development project which you, in collaboration with your leaders, decide to work on for the time scope of the course (one semester) or beyond. The main purposes of the course are that

  • you, through engaging in development work, make practical use of and further develop your pedagogical competence, reflection and insight,
  • your development work benefit local study programs, contribute to enhancing collegial engagement in teaching, and/or improve the shared knowledge basis of educational practice at you unit,
  • you increase your knowledge of local strategic ambitions and initiatives related to education
  • you gain experience with organising educational development work  
  • you get a clearer idea as to how your educational development work and related development of pedagogical competence may be documented as part of your individual career development. 

Course content

Potential academic development projects can be highly diverse and do not necessarily need to be related to specific teaching and learning activities. Projects that focus on organizational, administrative, or technological issues may also get included.

Examples of potential projects include 

  • how to better integrate students academically and socially 
  • ways to activate students
  • strengthening the links between research and teaching
  • drop-out and completion problems
  • strengthening connections between education and work-life
  • strengthening the links between theory and practice
  • feedback to students
  • experimenting with new forms of formative feedback, innovative forms of examination, how technology can get better integrated into the teaching/learning processes
  • changes in program/course design
  • analysis of data from student assessments of teaching, and more

Participants design and organize their project in close collaboration with the study program/department/faculty to which they affiliate.   


Canvas is the course platform.

Preparation: Before the first course session, all participants must contact their program/department/faculty to identify potential projects. Study program leaders or the Head of studies at the department could be sufficient contacts. You can direct questions regarding potential projects and project ideas to course leader Ester Fremstad

First meeting (kick-off session): The purpose of this session is to assist participants in developing and specifying their project.

Educational development work: The scope of the development work conducted for this course is 50 hours, including course sessions. We expect you to complete the development project/parts of the project in one semester.

Second meeting (supervision session): The purpose of this session is for the participants to get supervision on their projects. 

Peer feedback on drafted course essays* 

Third meeting (closing session): In this session participants share experiences and  discuss ways of moving further. Also, they provide and receive feedback on course essays. 

*Course essay: Participants submit a 2-3-page reflective essay on their project. In the essay, describe the project briefly before introducing a discussion about how the project has contributed to quality enhancement. Include also the challenges faced in the process. The essay should have a form that is suitable for an academic portfolio, hence facilitating the individual career development of the participants.


Course Registration

Spring 2022

Aplication dealine 15.12.2021

Admission is closed