Universität Wien

129003 AR Free Elective Subject (2020W)

Coaching Peer Groups: learning processes in adult education

3.50 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The class will be held online.

Friday 25.09. 11:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 14.10. 15:30 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 15:30 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 15:30 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 15:30 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 15:30 - 17:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Coaching processes have long become an integrated and widely established tool for reflection and professional support in our working lives. In this course, you will take on the role of both the coach and the coachee in the context of introductory lecture courses.
This hands-on experience will enable you to infer essential implications for your (future) professional life as a teacher, trainer in adult education, employer or manager in a wide range of different institutions.

(1) Advanced BA and BEd students will

In connection with the introductory lecture courses you will independently coach a small group of STEOP students by:
- introducing them to academic life and activities in the context of studying English
- assisting and accompanying their individual learning processes
- enabling well structured academic exchange and discussion
- providing them with tools of self- and stress-management
- familiarizing them with the special situation of a digital/hybrid university due to Covid-19 restrictions

(2) MA students will

Coach a small group of BA students who are in the process of writing their BA thesis by:
o introducing them to managing theirwriting project successfully: choosing a topic, planning, carrying outand finishing their thesis
o familiarizing them with tools to overcomeimpediments to the writing process (writer's block, self doubt, lack of motivationetc.)
o facilitating peer discussion and sharing their own experiences with writing a BA thesis
o assisting students with education and career choices after finishing the BA

Prior to your work as a coach, you will be familiarized with some basic concepts, methods and tools of coaching in an introductory workshop .
In five supervision meetings you will discuss, share and reflect your experience, success and challenges as a coach with your fellow coaching students and a professional supervisor. In addition, there will be theoretical input to various aspects of process oriented learning and training such as:
- group setup and tools of group analysis and the special case of online coaching settings
- defining learning goals
- case work and peer consultation
- basic principles of group dynamics
- structuring feedback processes
- evaluation and transfer to other learning contexts

Assessment and permitted materials

*active participation in starting workshop and supervision meetings
*self-organized study group meetings with STEOP students (5 meetings)
*final reflective assignment (1,500-2,000 words)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students will:
be familiar with some of the basic concepts of coaching,
be able to use and/or adapt these methods for guiding learning processes (of groups) in their professional contexts.

Examination topics

Based on the concepts of experienced-based and process-oriented learning, students use the seminar group as a resource for their own learning process.
Both methods of teacher-trainer education and applied groups dynamics will be used.
Starting workshop and supervision meetings: mix of lecture-style informative and interactive group work sessions, small group and all class discussions, pair work, visualization, coaching, supervision, counselling, case work.

Reading list

Textbook: Hanberg, Lisa. 2016. Coaching Basics. Alexandria, Virginia: ATD Press (available in full text online through the University library)

Handouts and additional information will be provided in class.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046 / 407, MA 844, MA 812(2)
Code/Modul: UF FWf; BA alternative Erweiterung, BEd Modul 10, MA7, M 03
Lehrinhalt: 12-0068

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:16