The assessment of the applicant's teaching skills is based on the teaching skills assessment matrix.
According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, a docent must have at least good teaching skills. For an applicant to be admitted to a teaching demonstration, the applicant must have mainly at least satisfactory teaching skills based on the information in the docentship application documents. The criteria for the different teaching skill levels are described in the Viikki teaching skills assessment matrix.
The applicant shall give a demonstration of his or her teaching skills, unless this is, for special reasons, deemed unnecessary. The demonstration of teaching skills may be deemed to be unnecessary, if, for example, the applicant has given a demonstration of teaching skills when applying for an equivalent post or position at the University of Helsinki in the last three years. The Faculty’s Teaching Skills Committee considers exemption requests on a case-by-case basis.
The lecture to be given as a demonstration of teaching skills should be seen as a learning situation. When evaluating a demonstration of teaching skills, primary attention will be given to the applicant’s ability to steer and enhance the audience’s learning during the lecture.
All teaching demonstrations are open to the public. The demonstration lecture is attended and evaluated by the Teaching Skills Committee. The Committee consists of teaching and research staff as well as students of the faculty.
The topic, level, duration and language of the demonstration of teaching skills
Applicants are free to choose the topic of their lecture. The topic should, however, be relevant to the field of the docentship. When planning the demonstration of teaching skills, the applicant should take into consideration that the lecture is an authentic learning situation and address it to the audience present. The topic should be narrowed down appropriately so that the content of the lecture can be discussed in 30 minutes, which is the maximum length of the demonstration of teaching skills. At the beginning of the lecture, the applicant must specify the level of the intended audience (basic-, intermediate- or advanced-level students) and the course or module to which the lecture belongs. The applicant is free to choose the manner and means of delivering the teaching demonstration.
After the demonstration of teaching skills, the applicant must leave the room and the Teaching Skills Committee will discuss the lecture with the audience (approx. 15 minutes). Then the applicant and the Teaching Skills Committee will meet for a feedback discussion (approx. 15 minutes), which will be taken into consideration in the assessment of the applicant’s teaching skills.
The teaching skills assessment committee will submit a statement on the applicant’s teaching qualifications (teaching skills) to the Faculty Council. The statement will be based on the demonstration of teaching skills given by the applicant and the teaching qualifications reported in the application documents.