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Annemarie Drahmann and Joris Larik receive Senior Teaching Qualification

On 22 January, 15 inspirational lecturers – including Annemarie Drahmann and Joris Larik from the Institute of Public Law – received the Senior Teaching Qualification (SKO) from rector magnificus Hester Bijl. This qualification is awarded to lecturers who demonstrate strong teaching and didactic skills and contribute to educational development beyond their department and field of expertise.

We asked both lecturers what they learned from the SKO track, what they believe ‘good teaching’ involves and why they are so passionate about teaching.

Annemarie Drahmann

Over the past few years, I've implemented a number of teaching innovations in the bachelor's modules taught by the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law. I've mainly focused on engaging students during seminars, using blended learning methods such as online knowledge clips and practice questions. The trick is to find the right balance between providing knowledge, skills and academic depth and thereby make students enthusiastic about constitutional and administrative law.

I found the SKO track inspiring as it brought me into contact with other lecturers, each of whom work to implement teaching innovation in their own way. I consider the SKO certification as confirmation that the university really values my teaching efforts.

Over the coming years, I want to stay involved in improving teaching quality by working towards the implementation of the Kernvisie bachelor’s degree programme.

Joris Larik

As an Assistant Professor in Comparative, EU and International Law, the SKO track was a very good opportunity for me to both reflect and look ahead in terms of my role in higher education. I’ve now been teaching at Leiden University for nine years, and in that time I’ve taught nine different modules, in three different programmes, at two different faculties.

It’s been a great opportunity for longer-term reflection on the philosophy, general objectives and techniques underpinning teaching strategy, alongside colleagues and experts in the field of didactics and teaching innovation. It was also an extra incentive for me to start thinking about the next chapter in my professional development: What could be improved? What can the various programmes learn from each other? How can we keep our teaching content and skills acquisition relevant in a rapidly evolving world?

Read this article to find out which 15 lecturers have been awarded the SKO qualification.

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