ENG-629 / 2 credits

Teacher(s): de Lima Joelyn, Isaac Siara Ruth

Language: English

Remark: For PhD via IS-Academia, for Master students https://go.epfl.ch/registering-courses-exams


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Informed by contemporary research on teaching engineering, participants design and deliver lessons for specific audiences. This course is relevant for teaching assistants and those who intend to make teaching science or engineering part of their career, in a formal or informal way.



teaching; lecturing; presenting; pedagogy; didactics; learning

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Design and facilitate interactive lessons using evidence-informed strategies
  • Present teaching content effectively across different levels of study (Ba,Ma)
  • Interpret , elicit, and manage student responses to improve learning
  • Use slides/blackboard/paper to present information in a clear, organised manner
  • Structure presentations to effectively communicate key messages, including a special focus on how to incorporate and visually represent data
  • Differentiate one's own response to a presentation from the message of the presentation
  • Model disciplinary thinking
  • Integrate strategies that reduce barriers and increase inclusion in classrooms
  • Defend pedagogical choices based on current research findings

Transversal skills

  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Make an oral presentation.

Teaching methods

The course has 4 components:

(a) interactive lectures on discipline-specific teaching practises in Engineering contextualised with recent advances in educational research (15h),

(b) preparatory reading and online actitivites around research evidence on teaching and learning in Engineering (5h independent work),
(c) skills labs in which participants will give practice lessons and get feedback (20h), and
(d) preparation of 5 mini lessons and a project report describing the evidence base you employed (20h independent work).

Assessment methods

Daily preparation and reflection activities 33% and final project report 66%.



Tormey, R and Isaac, S. with Hardebolle, C. and LeDuc, I. (2021) Facilitating Experiential Learning in Higher Education; Teaching and Supervising in Labs, Fieldwork, Studios, and Projects. London: Routledge


Carter, M. Designing Science Presentations. eBook:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780123859693

Ressources en bibliothèque

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In the programs

  • Number of places: 35
  • Exam form: Project report (session free)
  • Subject examined: Lecturing and Presenting in Engineering
  • Lecture: 15 Hour(s)
  • Practical work: 20 Hour(s)

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