Teaching and learning in higher education, distance (GHPD)

This course is a general introduction to pedagogy in higher education and will enable participants to ‎discuss teaching and learning theory and concepts within higher education related to their own ‎practice and experiences.‎

How does the course unfold?

The course is equivalent to five weeks of academic studies laid out over a semester, mainly conducted via the learning platform Canvas through individual written assignments and literature reviews, as well as group discussions and peer feedback in small groups.

The course is conducted in both Swedish and English.

When and where?

The course opens at the start of the semester with introductory work in Canvas.

It is mandatory to participate on the campus day:

  • 5th of September (09.00-17.00) at Campus Flemingsberg.

The purpose of the day is to both provide an overview of the course, but above all to give participants the opportunity to meet their fellow group members and course facilitators.

Please note absence from the campus day may result that participants lose their course place. 

The campus day will be held in English.

Most of the course work is done asynchronously but we will meet:

  • Online for a webinar 4th of October (time decided with the group during the campus day)
  • Online for a webinar 7th of November (time decided with the group during the campus day)
  • Online for a webinar 22nd of November (time decided with the group during the campus day)

How is the course structured?

The course opens 22th of August for some preparatory work.

The course consists of five modules and an examination module. Each module lasts for two weeks where the first week is for individual studies, and the second week is for group discussion in Canvas.

The course will end on 13th of December.

What do the participants need?

Participants need to have access to a computer with an internet connection and need to be able to attend the second week of each module in the asynchronous group discussion through the learning platform Canvas.

The course is free to the employees at the Karolinska Institute and others (e.g. county employees) who teach/supervise students at Karolinska Institutet.

Course literature is purchased by the participant himself/herself.


Applicants for the course are arranged based on a set of prioritization criteria:

  • Have teaching or supervision connected to Karolinska Institutet
  • Will apply for docentship within the next 6-12 months
  • Have previously applied to the course
  • Motivation to participate in the course (stated in the application)

The maximum number of participants: 60 (6 participants per group).


Registration for Autumn 2024 is closed.

Registration for Spring 2025 will open on September 15th.  



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Per Palmgren

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