Then aim of the drafted training programme is to create a platform for the transfer and sharing of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills and of experience in the field of tertiary pedagogics. The changing nature of university education requires the continuous enhancement of the teaching competencies of the academic staff, and that not only of beginning teachers. Their systematic training for pedagogical work may be an important criterion to measure the quality of both teaching and research activities at the university. The programme is therefore designed not as a banausic set of instructions or guidelines, but as a broad offer of theoretically based findings in tertiary pedagogics as an established scientific discipline.
1. Openness to innovations and new trends. The programme has been drafted as an open programme, which means that topical themes can be incorporated and their content constantly innovated. The programme is open also to new lecturers who express qualified interest in joining. Despite the high degree of openness, the Rectorate will guarantee the basic scope of the indispensable knowledge provided to the participants either in the form of face-to-face instruction or of distance learning. An essential feature of the intended openness is systematic cooperation with external experts, including foreign specialists.
2. Evidence-based approach to tertiary pedagogics. The tertiary didactical and pedagogical findings, which are a part of the proposed programme, are in principal the outcome of the teaching practice and research being reflected and draw on an evidence-based approach and the theoretical foundations of education and pedagogical sciences. Hence the programme is not a recipe book of tried and tested ideas, but a genuine university education programme, which introduces specialists from other fields to pedagogical sciences and in this way contributes to interdisciplinary discourse.
3. Regard for the needs, possibilities and experience of the target group. The education programme is aimed at a specific target group involving academic staff with diverse specialisations and various lengths of work experience. The content and organizational features of the teacher instruction will thus be adapted as far as possible to the composition of the actual group.
Concept of the Programme
The education programme has two cycles, the second following the first. The basic cycle comprises seven modules focused especially on tertiary didactics and pedagogical communication. The following cycle of eligible modules offers complementary topics, such as academic culture and ethics, creation of didactic tests, presentation skills, new forms of e-learning, etc. Each module comprises four teaching sessions supplemented with electronic study support. After completing the final module of the basic cycle or at least two randomly chosen supplementary modules, the attenders receive a Charles University certificate (listing the modules they had attended).