Lecturing and Presenting in Engineering


Lecturer(s) :

Hardebolle Cécile
Isaac Siara Ruth




Every year


(4 week campus-based course starts 14 January 2021. Registration via IS-Academia Portal


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


While research has established that learning is an effortful process, which requires students to process information, classroom practices in science and engineering have yet to undergo the transformation necessary to make active and collaborative learning the norm.

This course offers an opportunity to discover and practice effective research-supported strategies for lecturing and presenting in science and engineering. We will focus on techniques that enable students to effectively transfer their skills into practice, that address challenges inherent to different audiences and differences within audiences, and that make effective use of high tech or low tech presentation tools.

The goals of this course are:

The course has 4 components:

(a) interactive lectures on presenting and explaining in Engineering (15h),
(b) preparatory reading and online actitivites around research evidence on lecturing 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).

This course focuses on lecturing in higher education, and does not lead to a recognized teaching qualification for primary or post-primary schools.


Intensive course in runs between 25 February and 19 March 2021 with 5 days of interactive morning lectures and afternoon skill labs, preceded by preparatory reading assignment. The final project report is due 5.4.2021.


teaching; lecturing; presenting; pedagogy; didactics; learning

Learning Outcomes

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

Transversal skills



Carter, M. Designing Science Presentations. eBook:

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German