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Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Foundation programme (English language) for academic staff at the University of Oslo

Information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the restrictions currently in place at UiO to prevent the spread of the corona virus, LINK courses will be conducted partially or fully online during the spring 2021 semester. Registered course participants will receive further information prior to the start of their course.

If you have any questions, please contact kurs@link.uio.no or your course leader.

Information about courses 2021 In the spring semester of 2021, our teaching capacity has been significantly reduced. As a consequence, we have been forced to limit the number of courses on offer. We have more applicants than we are able to accommodate, and all the courses running in the spring are now fully booked. If you have applied for a course but not been admitted, you will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list will be given priority in case we receive any cancellations from course participants, and they will also be prioritised for admission to courses running in the fall semester.

Programme structure The foundation programme for academic staff at the University of Oslo consists of:

  • an introductory module (120 hours)
  • one large module (30 hours) or two small modules (15 hours each)
  • pedagogical development work at your own department/faculty (50 hours)

The Introductory Module

The aim of the introductory module is to support academic staff to advance their pedagogical knowledge and to employ this knowledge in their regular teaching activities. The course intends to provide a vocabulary for understanding teaching and learning in higher education, to engage in developing and enacting new ways of teaching and to reflect on and discuss teaching experiences in a safe environment. For more information, please go to this page

Elective Modules

Through the choice of one large (30 hours) or two small (15 hours) elective modules, academic staff can specialise in selected topics such as research supervision, teaching critical reflection or assessment and examinations.

The courses on offer vary each semester, and some courses alternate Norwegian and English language. For more information, please confer the course calender.  

Pedagogical Development Work at your own Department/Faculty 

This course in pedagogical development work (50 timer) provides participants with the opportunity to get engaged in ongoing development initiatives at their own department or faculty. The course started in January 2020 and will subsequently be offered each semester.
For more information, please go to this page.  


The aim of the programme The overall aim of the program is to contribute a culture for developing teaching and learning at the University of Oslo. Through a variety of activities the participants are invited to increase their awareness of teaching approaches that may develop student learning. The program invites reflection on the participants’ teaching experiences and provides opportunities try out innovative approaches.

Application and admission

  • The programme is open for tenured and temporary staff academic staff including doctoral and postdoctoral researchers
  • The number of participants is limited
  • Admission is based on the date of application.
  • Diploma Diploma to certify basic knowledge of teaching and learning in higher education is issued to all participants who have completed all parts of the  program. The diploma will be sent out in the beginning of the following semester after you have completed the Foundation programme.