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Teaching assistance year 1


Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA Archaeology programme.


The RMA is a first step in an academic career. Besides research skills, academic positions require teaching skills as well.
In this course, you provide active assistance in the undergraduate World Archaeology course for first-year archaeology students, and in this way you gain your first teaching experience. The tutorial is characterised by blended learning: feedback is given partly during the tutorial and partly online.

In cooperation with a fellow RMA-student you will meet with a group of about 10-12 first-year students on a weekly basis, and give them tips and tricks on how to read and interpret texts, how to make a summary and how to study for the exams. You will discuss weekly assignments that are posted on BlackBoard, and provide students with constructive feedback. The assignments are outlined in a handbook that was specifically created for this tutorial.

At the start of the year (September) you will attend an ICLON crash course on practical didactic skills to prepare you for your first teaching adventure.

Course objectives

Ability to

  • coach students in a constructive manner;

  • give clear written and oral feedback on assignments;

  • coach students in practising correct academic writing, discussion and presentation according to the prescribed academic standards;

  • cooperate with your fellow RMA-students;

  • use BlackBoard as a teaching tool: post feedback and grades and communicate unambiguously with your tutor group.

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 12 hours of tutorial;

  • Feedback on 10-12 weekly assignments.

Assessment method

Reflection report, in which the tutorial is reviewed, and personally faced challenges and gained experience are discussed.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. J.A. Mol.