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SFDN Conference

Dear SFDN members,

The 2019 Conference page is now active on the website. The keynote speaker will be announced soon!

As you know, the 2020 ICED global conference – the leading international conference for sharing research and good practice in faculty development – will be hosted in Switzerland at ETH Zurich.  The success of this event will depend, in part, on maximising Swiss participation at the ICED conference.  The SFDN annual conferences are an excellent preparation ground for participating in an event like the ICED global conference – therefore we would ask every SFDN member to consider submitting a proposal for the SFDN conference, perhaps as part of a process of building towards a submission for the ICED conference in 2020.

We would also encourage you to share the call for papers with others in your institutions who are engaged in innovative teaching or in developing innovative programmes.

The best ICED conferences not only attract faulty developers but also bring together teachers and administrators who are involved in teaching and curriculum innovation.  We would therefore ask all SFDN members to help broaden our community by sharing the call for papers with people who are interested in teaching and learning innovation, even if they have not previously attended an SFDN or ICED event.

For all the above-mentioned reasons, we would like to ask you to strongly consider submitting a paper for the SFDN 2019 Conference and we thank you in advance for being active and loyal SFDN members!

Stay tuned for a very exciting keynote speaker announcement for the upcoming SFDN Conference!

The SFDN Board

SFDN Conference 22nd February 2019: call for papers

Dear SFDN memebrs,

Please save the date for the 3rd SFDN Conference which will take place at ETH Zurich on 22nd February 2019:

“How research on learning contributes to university teaching practice”

Call for Papers.
Educational development at universities focuses primarily on the professional development
of university educators. The positive effects of educational developers’ work are mostly
discernible in the revision of degree programmes and courses, in changes made to learning
activities and forms of performance assessment, and in the introduction of new teaching and
learning forms. The aim of all of these is to improve the learning processes and learning
success of students. To judge the effectiveness of organisational and pedagogical change,
however, it is necessary to collect and present evidence on their actual impact on and
sustainability with regard to student learning. Here the approaches and concepts of “learning
science” may very usefully broaden research into teaching and learning.
The SFDN Conference 2019 is an opportunity for educational developers and university
teachers to come together, exchange experiences and – deploying the results of their own
practice-oriented investigations – to draw conclusions which will benefit current
developments in university teaching. The 2019 conference will target both conceptual and
didactic changes in higher education, and their consequences for student learning
The Swiss Faculty Development Network therefore welcomes paper and poster submissions
on topics which include the following:
• The connection between teaching strategies and learning outcomes
• The integration of transferable skills into university courses and study programmes
• The challenges of organising group and project work, and how to address them
• Forms of assessing student skills in classes, seminars and workshops
• The integration of cross-disciplinary competences into teaching
• The impact of formative assessment and feedback on student learning
• Didactic concepts and methods for teaching in different disciplines
• Teaching evaluation as research data
Papers on other themes related to improving teaching and learning at universities may be
accepted, but priority will be given to papers that explicitly address one of the above topics.
Conceptual, theoretical and descriptive papers are definitely potential candidates, but note
that we are primarily looking for submissions which are based on quantitative or qualitative
research data.
Submissions should take the form of a 300-word abstract outlining
(a) submission title; (b) nature of the submission (i.e., paper or poster); (c) the above topic(s)
addressed by the submission (if any); (d) a brief note on the relevant literature; (e) the
research methodology; and (f) key findings. A bibliography should be included (this is not
part of the 300-word limit).
Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2018
Please send your submissions to this email address:
Katherine Hahn Halbheer <>

Call for Proposals: Canadian Educational Developers Caucus Online Conference

Call for Proposals

Canadian Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Conference: Positive Resilience and the Future of ED(C)

February 19-22, 2019

Dear SFDN member,

More information about the EDC 2019 Conference theme, format, and the complete call for proposals can be found on the EDC Conference website:

Deadline:  The deadline to submit a proposal for a concurrent session is Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, and the deadline to submit a proposal for an EDC Showcase is Friday, November 30th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Celia Popovic at


The SFDN Board

IJAD sepcial issue: call for papers

Dear SFDN colleagues,

Please find attached a call for papers for a special issue of IJAD to be published early in 2019, on Emerging Trends and Voices in Academic Development. This will draw, in part, on presentations given at the 2018 ICED conference, but we are making an open call for papers also (attached). The timeline is tight (but we aware many people have papers already underway after ICED that may fit this issue perfectly), so please spread the word widely amongst your networks.


Proposals due (but not necessary): 31 August 2018

Full manuscripts (up to 6000 words) due: 5 October 2018

Kathryn Sutherland, PhD, PFHEA

Centre for Academic Development (CAD) | Victoria University of Wellington

Ph: +64 4 463 5795 | Email:

Co-editor: International Journal for Academic Development

The SFDN Board

IJAD is looking for reviewers

The International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) (  is the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) and is renowned as the world’s preeminent and only truly international journal on academic development, ranked in the top quarter of all Education journals ( We publish articles written by scholars from around the world, and we need more reviewers, especially from countries with emerging and growing academic development communities.

If you are interested in reviewing (which is wonderful professional development for yourself, as well as a service to the academic development community) we would be very interested in new reviewers. You can apply by creating an account through Scholar One: Please make sure to select keywords from the drop down list that will help us to assign manuscripts to you in your appropriate area/s of expertise.

If you have any questions at all about becoming a reviewer for IJAD, please do not hesitate to contact one of us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

IJAD co-editors


Klara Bolander Laksov,

Chng Huang Hoon,

Peter Felten,

Kathryn Sutherland,

Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching – enrolments now open

Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching – enrolments now open

Contemporary approaches to university teaching is a free, online, self-paced course providing key introductory learning and teaching concepts and strategies for those who are at the start of their higher education teaching career. There are eleven introductory modules (e.g. teaching your first class, giving feedback), three specialty modules (e.g. teaching mathematics) and resources (e.g. a document for sessional staff). Each module is expected to take two hours of engagement. While designed for a staff/faculty member to engage with one module a week across a semester, staff/faculty can choose modules that meet their needs and experience. It is a ‘just in time, just for me’ MOOC, and is suitable for academics, faculty, research students, librarians and IT staff and anyone teaching in the higher education sector.


The first run of the course in January 2018 saw 1,020 people participate. Being offered each semester, the current course runs from 1 July to 31 December 2018. Participants can enrol anytime during the semester. Further information and enrolments at



SFDN programme : save the dates

Dear Member,

Please save the dates for the upcoming SFDN activities:

13th September 11h-12h– Webinar Engage at a Distance: How to Deliver an Interactive Webinar – Rachel Plews, please register via email –

16th October – Site visit at Bern University – the brand-new skills training centre of the medical faculty –  BiSS (Berne interdisciplinary centre for skills training). Please register via email –

8th November – Site visit at Glion Institute of Higher Education in Montreaux. Please register via email –

22nd February – SFDN Conference at ETHZ (details to come)

10th May 2019 – SFDN General Assembly at HEG Fribourg (details to come)

A date for a January webinar will be announced shortly.  Whether you are a beginner or a master facilitator, be sure to sign up for these sessions so that we can continue to connect virtually in between our meetings.

The SFDN board

MOOC for educational developers

The Open Networked Learning project has developed as a response to a growing need for courses dealing with the use of digital tools for teaching and learning. Further it is a result of educational developers looking outside their own universities to collaborate within their network of colleagues nationally and internationally.

Starts 24th September – ends 2nd december 2018

More information :

Best wishes,

SFDN Board