The University Teaching Qualfication (UTQ, or in dutch: BKO) is a qualification of pedagogical competences of university teachers. All teaching staff of the University of Twente have to acquire this certificate within 3 years after their employment. In 2008 14 Dutch universities have officially signed a joint agreement of the UTQ and its characteristics. An UTQ qualification is nationally acknowlegded.
NOTE: From September 2017 a revised UTQ profile will be implemented. This page presents the NEW UTQ.
The core of the UTQ is the developmet and demonstration of 5 didactic competences in a personal UTQ dossier:
Competence 1: Designing or redesiging education
Competence 2: Teaching and supervising
Competence 3: Assessment
Competence 4: Evaluating teaching
Competence 5: Professionalization
Check here for the specification of the UTQ competences and criteria.
The UTQ starts with an intake interview with the UTQ supervisor of your own faculty:
CTW / ET
Charlotte Oude Alink
EWI / EEMCS
Marie Jose Verkroost
During the UTQ track you will be supervised by your own UTQ supervisor; this is the educational consultant of your faculty.
The UTQ supervisor will provide you with information, feedback and supervision meetings with peers. If you want you can also follow (UTQ) courses and/or practical workshops to educate yourself into the several education principles and techniques.
Althoug following our courses is not obliged (the UTQ learning path is characterized by a self-directed approach), nevertheless we do advice to follow (some) basic courses.
- Here you find the UTQ manual - new style (sept-17) for teachers with all necessary UTQ infomation.
- Click here for an overview of the UTQ process
- Do you want to register for the UTQ? Please contact your faculty contactperson (see above) or use this contact form
(when you've started the UTQ before september 2017, click here for the UTQ manual "old style")
The 4TU UTQ regulation describes the joined procedures, competences and the arbitration and appeal procedure in case of disagreement of the assessment result.
In the manual for assessors the 4TU assessmentprocedure of the UTQ dossier is described. The University of Twente knows next to the assessment of the dossier also an assessment meeting with the participant. This is described in the UTQ manual.
An UTQ exemption stands for an equivalent of the UTQ competences and is granted in case of:
- a diplom of a post graduate teacher training (eerstegraads bevoegdheid), followed by a reflection report of the UTQ competencies focused on the application of the educational theory in the academic context.
- a VELON certificate
- an abroad achieved pedagogical diplom/certificate in academic context, equivalent to the UTQ competences.
Note: an UTQ exemption means the acquitance of the UTQ obligation. An UTQ exemption will not lead to an UTQ certificate/qualification.
- If you think you are eligible for an UTQ exemption, please contact the HR advisor of your own faculty.
- The HR advisor requests for the exemption through the exemption advisor of CELT.
- The CELT advisor evaluates the evidences delivered by the candidate (diploms, supporting documents).
- The CELT advisor will schedule a meeting with the candidate to talk about the reflection report, diplom/certificate and the UT educational context
- CELT advises the faculty (dean/HR) about granting or not the UTQ exemption.
- Finally the faculty decides whether to assign the exemption and informs the candidate
UTQ Pressure Cookers are writing sessions for experienced teachers in the UTQ. Main goal is to make the UTQ dossier ready for the assessment.
A Pressure Cooker exits of three days within one week. Next to a short introduction per competence (considering criteria and required evidence) participants mainly work intensively on their portfolio under the guidance of UTQ-supervisors. The character is practice oriented; the focus is on filling and writing the UTQ dossier in the most efficient manner. When a participant beforehand collects all the needed evidence (see checklist) and when the time during sessions is spent efficiently, it is do-able to completely fill the portfolio and hand it in for assessment within one week. Click here for an example of the programme of a Pressure Cooker.
Participating and the effort spent is on own responsibility. When you are not able to participate on one of the days in the series, no guarantee can be given that it is possible to finish the portfolio within the week.
Pressure Cooker in short:
- For experienced teachers in the UTQ track;
- 3 days within one week;
- Writing sessions, not a course;
- Preparation: participants upload the required materials into their UTQ dossier environment on Blackboard (see the Pressure Cooker checklist);
- During sessions: receiving & incorporation of immediate feedback on products
- The assessment interview is not part of the Pressure Cooker
- Estimated time investment: 40hrs
If you have interest in a Pressure Cooker please contact your UTQ supervisor (see schedule above).