Workshops and Courses

Coffee&LEARN: Teaching online laboratories – Christophe Salzmann & Denis Gillet


With: Christophe Salzmann, Denis Gillet
Category: Conferences – Seminars

students doing exercises - A. Hertzog

Teaching Toolkit for EXERCISES


With: Roland Tormey
Category: Internal trainings

students doing a project - A. Hertzog

Teaching Toolkit for PROJECTS


With: Cécile Hardebolle
Place and room: CO 120
Category: Internal trainings

Complete agenda of events

We offer a number of different types of workshops and courses:

  • One-off workshops on pedagogical topics (usually one-day or a half-day long)
  • Short programmes, spread over a number of days introducing university teaching concepts and skills.
  • Accredited courses on learning and teaching offered as part of academic programmes.

 We offer courses to:

  • Teachers in EPFL and R-CFE partner institutions
  • Doctoral assistants and post-docs
  • Masters students and student teaching assistants

Bootstrap Days

As part of the induction of new teachers and professors in EPFL, all new teachers are invited to a “Bootstrap” event.  This is designed to provide new teachers with the key information they need when starting out in EPFL and to enable them to meet each other and members of the EPFL Direction in an informal environment. All new teachers are expected to attend the relevant Bootstrap event. Participation is by invitation only.

For new professors, the Bootstrap Day is a one-day seminar held off campus in spring each year.  It introduces:

  • the mission and strategy of the school and the role of our professoriate
  • the expectations and supports regarding teaching excellence
  • key features of the teaching and assessment system in EPFL
  • the research mission and support services.

For other new teachers, the Bootstrap Seminar consists of an evening seminar introducing:

  • the mission and strategy of the school and the role of our teaching body
  • the expectations and supports regarding teaching excellence
  • key features of the teaching and assessment system in EPFL.

The Bootstrap events are organised by the Teaching Support Centre in collaboration with the Vice-President Academic, the Vice-Provosts for Education and Research, the Research Office, the Faculty Affairs Office, and the Centre for Digital Education.

Individual consultations early on

All new teachers are welcome to avail of individual consultations with a pedagogical advisor who can help plan for teaching at EPFL.

As specific step-by-step consultation for new tenure track assisstant professors (PATT) will help build a promotion dossier by assisting with adapting teaching to the EPFL context, as well as identifying relevant resources for course (re)design, technical support or logistical questions. 

Please contact us at [email protected] or get in touch with the pedagogical advisor of the section.

We can work with sections to develop customized teaching workshops on demand. Previous examples include workshops on:

  • Team teaching
  • Writing and correcting multiple choice tests / exams
  • Flipping a class
  • Using anti-plagiarism software to assess student projects
    and course work
  • Using learning outcomes to aid student learning
  • “Instructional Skills Workshop” for doctoral assistants
  • Supporting students in working in collaborative groups, for doctoral assistants

If your section would like to address a particular theme or topic, please contact Ingrid Le Duc (who coordinates our workshops for teachers) or the pedagogical advisor for your section.