2023-2024 / PEDA4058-1

Higher education faculty development


30h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Marianne Poumay

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Higher Education Pedagogy (HEP) is still a pretty young research field in Belgium. It is, however, enriched by numerous publications, specialized international conferences and a very important reflexive activity
The students will discover, through this course, the specific function of "Developer" (D) in Higher Education.

Please note that this function is to be differentiated from that in the context of primary or secondary education: it is organized through reference grids, activities and missions specific to the context of higher education.

This course offers participants :

  • to discover the reality of HE developers through reading and participating in  activities and seminars/webinars ;
  • to scientifically contribute to the field of HEP, in different ways from year to year.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Through its learning and evaluation situations, similar to those in which a developer is supposed to act, the course will contribute to the development of the first competence of the referential of the ULIège Master, slightly modified (by the teacher) as follows: "Analyze education / training situations by referring to conceptual frameworks from the interdisciplinary field of educational sciences (models, existing literature), taking into account the contexts and the different actors of these situations (ages, places of life and training, functioning systems, meaning for every actor) and adopting an ethical and responsible posture. "

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The QAPES-partim1 course is a co-requisite for the participants who don't have any experience as teachers or developers in higher education. 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Depending on the number of participants, students will work alone or in small groups, although the first steps of their work will remain individual. They will read several chapters of a reference manual and interact with professional developers.

In order for them to deepen the topic they have chosen, students will read and document their ideas (articles, conference proceedings, books, professional testimonials, online sites) and participate in internal seminars (partly online).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Some of the activities of this course will be online, often synchronous. The exact dates of the synchronous sessions will be specified in the online course space.

Recommended or required readings

A specific book will be used, from Daele et Sylvestre (2016): « Comment développer le conseil pédagogique dans l'enseignement supérieur ? ». 
Other readings will have to be considered, targeting different missions of the developer or different stages of his/her professional development, according to the participants' choices.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Participation in training activities is mandatory to access the final exaluation. Some of the intermediate productions could also the subject of a mark contributing to the final mark.

The development of the targeted competence (in italics above) will be assessed through an oral exam.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Professor: Marianne Poumay (M.Poumay@uliege.be)

Teaching assistant: Lisa Marée (Lisa.Maree@uliege.be)

Additional teacher: François Georges (fr.georges@uliege.be) 

Association of one or more MOOCs