Becoming a teacher

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Taking this module gives you competencies to:

  • Reflect your teaching conceptions
  • Understand basic learning processes with the aid of pedagogical concepts such as motivation, metacognition and regulation
  • Start planning your teaching to support your students’ learning

Self-study materials

Explore all the concepts in the Teachers´ Glossary by watching the short videos about the most central pedagogical concepts such as motivation, metacognition, regulation etc. Read also the articles. All the materials are available for self-study. If you want to earn credits contact your own University to ask possibility for guided study.


  1. Eekelen, I., Boshuizen, P. & Vermunt J. 2005. Self-regulation in Higher Education Teacher Learning. Higher Education. 50 (3), 447—471.
  2. Postareff, l., & Lindblom-Ylänne, S. (2008). Variation in teachers’ descriptions of teaching: Broadening the understanding of teaching in higher education. Learning and Instruction, 18, 109–120.
  3. Vermunt, J. & Endedijk, M. 2011. Patterns in teacher learning in different phases of the professional career. Learning and Individual Differences 21 (3), 294—302.

Read more:

  • Postareff, L. & Lindblom-Ylänne, S. 2011. Emotions and confidence within teaching in higher education. Studies in Higher Education. 36 (7), 799–813.
  • Murtonen, M., Olkinuora, E., Tynjälä, P. & Lehtinen, E. 2008. “Do I need research skills in working life?”: University students’ motivation and difficulties in quantitative methods courses. Higher Education. 56 (5), 599—612.

Guided study

Contact your own University for information regarding guided studies based on the materials.


Content: Mari Murtonen, Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy, University of Turku