TU/e innovation Space CBL Toolkit

Teaching as coaching

How might we teach this course/project so that we become coaches, co-learners, co-creators? With this workshop, you will brainstorm ways to (re)design your course/project, so that teachers act as coaches: they provide guidance, support, and feedback to students as they work through the challenges. Coaches in your course/project may offer advice on research methods, provide technical expertise, facilitate group discussions, and help students reflect on their progress. 


60-90 min.


For live session: post-its, pens, printouts of worksheet. For online session: Miro template, charged laptop, internet.


2-6 people, 1 facilitator.


It is recommended to have a basic understanding of constructive alignment prior to using this workshop. Learning objectives and assessment should be pre-defined.

Follow the steps of this workshop, to go from brainstorming on the topic of teaching as coaching, to prioritising and developing an action plan for the (re)design of your course/project.

The first activity of this workshop is called Coaching template. Follow the instructions on the worksheet and brainstorm on the canvas:


  1. Read the “How Might We… Question” in the yellow post-it. Take a minute to think about it in depth.
  2. Start brainstorming ideas following the prompts in each signpost: a.Ideas to provide clear signposting to students (e.g. towards content, active learning or expertise). b.Aspects of the course that can be co-created with students or other stakeholders. c.Aspects of the course that I can leave open for me to learn (from students or other stakeholders).
  3. Prioritise quality over quantity, write as many ideas as you can on each section of the worksheet.

Now that you have brainstormed a lot of ideas for teaching as coaching within your curriculum, it is time to start prioritising.


  1. Analyse all the ideas you came up with in the previous activity from an Impact perspective (how much this idea will enable teachers to act as coaches?) and Implementability (how easy it is to implement this topic in my/our course?) and stick them in the corresponding quadrant.
  2. Use the symbols that you find on the canvas to characterise your ideas: is it something that you wish to implement in your course? Or not at all? Is it something that is already somewhat implemented but could be strengthened? Or is it something that could be implemented, but you are currently not?

Now that you have a clearer overview of which ideas have more potential than others to be implemented, it is time to create an action plan!


  1. Focus on the ideas (that you haven’t marked with “Don’t want to implement”) in the outlined quadrants of the 3×3 template. Which steps do I/we need to take in order to implement this in my/our course? Break down the steps in the blue timeline on the canvas.
  2. What people, skills, facilities, materials are needed in order to make this happen? Reflect and note it down in the corresponding sections, named “Resources needed”.

At this point, you have a complete overview of which ideas you can integrate in your course and a step-by-step how to guide. Well done!

Resources and downloads

You can access the PDF worksheet canvases through the download button: they are ready for print.

Hey, this Chiara, Education Designer at TU/e innovation Space. How can I help you?

This toolkit is meant to be constantly evolving and improving. Do you have any questions or feedback to make this better? Or do you need help with the toolkit? Get in touch!