Becoming a teacher

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Taking this module gives you competencies to:

  • Rreflect 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

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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. Parpala, A., Lindblom-Ylänne, S., Komulainen, E., Litmanen, T. & Hirsto, L. (2010). Students’ approaches to learning and their experiences of the teaching-learning environment in different disciplines. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 80, 269–282.

Read more:

  • Postareff, L. & Lindblom-Ylänne, S. 2011. Emotions and confidence within teaching in higher education. Studies in Higher Education. 36 (7), 799–813.
  • Vermunt, J. & Endedijk, M. 2011. Patterns in teacher learning in different phases of the professional career. Learning and Individual Differences 21 (3), 294—302.
  • 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, University Researcher, Adjunct Professor in University pedagogy, University of Turku