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Workshop to articulate Humanities skills in teachers' course designs


  • In this workshop, Humanities teachers become aware of how both content and learning activities (i.e. how you convey content) of a course can teach students skills. Afterwards, they will be able to articulate these skills more explicitly in their course design.

  • 120 min + 15 min preparation. Hands-on, in-person workshop. Based on the ABC design (Young, C., & Perovic, N., 2013). 

  • Watch resource "Knowledge Clip H-Highlight" (7 min) to find out: Why is it important for teachers to discuss skills in courses? How did we build up the skills profile for the Humanities?



It will take you around 8 hours to prepare to give the workshop. We advise you to do this as early as possible or latest one week prior to the workshop.

  1. Get to know the workshop scenario (step 3)

  2. Practice giving the workshop 

  3. Send email to participating teachers with their preparation task (15 min): see resource "Preparation_email" 

  4. Some practicalities (e.g. preparing the materials, room requirements): see resource "Preparation_practicalities"


Workshop outline

Introduction - 20 min

Facilitator gives information about the workshop goal, the skills research, the learning activities and the flow of the workshop. Teachers are asked to make groups, so they can work together for the next steps.

Start page -20 min 

Teachers fill in general questions about (1) the content of their course, (2) the learning activities of their course and (3) the skills they teach students in their course. By doing so, they have an overview of the current situation of their course that serves as a starting point.

Storyboard - 50 min 

Teachers now move from the current
situation to their ideal course design, and start with the redesign of
their course. They focus on how both content and learning activities of the course can teach students skills. 

Action plan - 10 min

Teachers reflect on the steps they still need to take to integrate the redesign, when they will do it, and who will do it.

Feedback - 20 min

Teachers give feedback about the workshop.

After workshop

One week later, teachers receive a knowledge clip with tips and tricks on how to communicate about skills during course. For a more detailed version, see resource "Workshop_Scenario".


How to adjust the workshop to your needs

There are several ways in which facilitators can personalize the
workshop so it better suits their goals, e.g. add other skills, give
workshop online, add discussion moments. See resource
"Workshop_personalization" for some tips and tricks.

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More information

Please contact Catho Jacobs for more information on the H-Highlight workshop.

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