Professional Development for Academics

1. Effective Communication in Academia

This module aims to develop participants' language skills in their role as scientists. Therefore, there is a strong focus on writing scientific texts and giving scientific presentations with a high degree of accuracy and fluency and using a wide range of adequate vocabulary, collocations and style. Our activities are also designed to help participants communicate with ease in informal professional contexts, such as networking or small talk during a conference coffee break. In addition, participants will be equipped to communicate effectively in the peer-review process.

Addressing a range of current issues, general language skills are also developed in all three modules.


07.09. - 10.09.2021, 9.00 - 13.15

Trainer: Jennifer Fink, BA + Desirée Fuchsbichler


Transitioning to an English Medium Instruction (EMI)* environment can be challenging. In this module, participants will practice typical situations of a lecture/course, such as starting and ending a lecture, explaining phenomena and comparing and contrasting different aspects, expressing certainty, presenting evidence, expressing one's opinion, giving instructions, and dealing with classroom interactions.  Taking into account last year's experience as well as future needs and expectations, we will incorporate activities to develop communication and linguistic facilitation skills in online settings. In their role as instructors, participants will be able to write (exam) questions, give feedback in English, talk to students during office hours, etc.

Addressing a range of current issues, general language skills are also developed in all three modules.

*EMI can be defined as the “use of the English language to teach academic subjects (other than English) in countries or jurisdictions where the first language of the majority of the population is not English.” (Macaro, 2018, p. 1).
Macaro, Ernesto (2018).English Medium Instruction. Oxford: Oxford University Press


14.09. - 17.09.2021, 9.00 - 13.15

Trainer: Jennifer Fink, BA + Desirée Fuchsbichler


Module 3: Cooperating in International Projects

In this module, participants can practice situations they are likely to encounter in international projects, e.g. writing emails, talking on the phone, negotiating with partners, discussing financial aspects of a project, dealing with legal issues (on a linguistic level). Another important learning objective of this module is the use of diplomatic language. Participants will also be able to greet guests, show them the sights of a city and surrounding amenities, and explain dishes in a local restaurant.

Addressing a range of current issues, general language skills are also developed in all three modules.


15.10. - 19.11.2021, 9.00 - 13.15

Trainer: Jennifer Fink, BA + Desirée Fuchsbichler


2. Teaching and Learning Stem (Didactics)

Teaching and Learning STEM (Active Learning II)

The goal of this seminar is to promote student-centered, active learning to increase retention, retrieval and transfer.


·        Course design, lesson planning (ARCS model; Constructive Alignment)
·        Assessment
·        Flipped (inverted) classroom
·        Problem-based learning and problem-solving scenarios
·        Motivation: Self-determination theory, Expectancy-value theory
·        Scaffolding, Cognitive load theory
·        Giving and receiving feedback

After the workshop, participants will be able to

·        Explain the importance of aligning intended learning outcomes, learning scenarios, and assessment formats (Constructive Alignment)
·        Write learning objectives for their courses, select relevant teaching/learning activities for their lessons, and select an appropriate assessment format    
·        Explain the approach of Flipped Classroom and reflect on its application in teaching STEM*
·        Analyze problem-based learning scenarios, its impact on motivation and on the development of transferable skills
·        Explain and reflect on how learning can be supported in their courses
·        Discuss ways to provide useful feedback for learning (feedforward) and provide peer feedback
- choose and apply appropriate methods to receive feedback from students

STEM: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics
The seminar will be delivered in an online format with online meetings and short self-study time on Moodle. Participants can experience advanced Moodle activities, such as Lesson, Peer Feedback and the Gradebook and will have the opportunity to create their own activities.
Course schedule:

Online meeting (Zoom):
Monday, September 20, 15.00-17.00
Face-to-face sessions:
Sept. 21-23, 15.00-18.00 + Sept. 30, 9.00-11.30


Trainer: Mag. Leonore Peer


English for University Support Staff

Im Zuge der Internalisierung ist es für allgemein Bedienstete von großer Wichtigkeit geworden, mitunter auch spontan auf Englisch in unterschiedlichen Situationen auf Englisch reagieren zu können. Dass das gar nicht immer so schwer ist wie zuerst vielleicht befürchtet, können Sie in unseren internen Weiterbildungen English for University Support Staff selber erfahren. Oft ist Ihr Englisch nur vergraben und Sie haben Angst, Ihre Englischkenntnisse nach langer Zeit wieder einzusetzen. In den Office English – Kursen gewinnen Sie Selbstvertrauen, bauen Ihren Wortschatz berufsspezifisch auf und lernen Strategien kennen, wie sie autonom und informell Sprachen lernen können.


Termine werden demnächst bekanntgegeben.

Trainer: Mag. Leonore Peer