GMW Conference 2020 – Seamless Learning

Digital media and educational technologies are experiencing an enormous upswing due to the Corona crisis. The question of how didactically sound and sustainable e-learning media can be designed is more topical than ever. Although the boundaries between formal and informal learning are becoming increasingly blurred, we know from theory and practice that the mere provision of technology has only limited benefits. The “Gesellschaft der Medien in den Wissenschaften” (GMW) has been researching media-supported learning scenarios for many years. It promotes critical reflection on the potential of new media in all fields of development at the university. The annual highlight of its activities is the GMW conference, which is held by the ZHAW from 24 to 26 August. The focus is on social discourse, especially on experiences from the Corona crisis.

Registration and further information at

Call for Chapter Proposal

  TAKING STOCK 2.0: CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS A lot has changed in our understanding of and approach to teaching and learning in higher education, since the 2010 publication of Taking Stock: Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. And yet, much has stayed the same (despite the current pandemic). As we approach the book’s tenth anniversary, it seems appropriate to take stock once again – of what we know now, what has changed and what further change is needed in support of deep and essential learning in our ever-changing world. These are among the issues to be covered in our new book Taking Stock 2.0: Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. On June 10, the editors Julia Christensen Hughes, Joy Mighty, and Denise Stockley facilitated an interactive webinar, which included highlights of the original Taking Stock publication and the proposed framework for Taking Stock 2.0. In small groups, participants reflected on what has changed over the past 10 years and provided their insights and lived experiences regarding the most pertinent issues in higher education today and in the future. We now invite you and your colleagues to reflect on this valuable input and submit proposed contributions as we aim to take stock once again in 2020! It is our intention that this second book will support the work of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and the higher education community for years to come. The publication target date is spring 2021, just in time for the 40th Anniversary of STLHE and our conference in Ottawa.  We ask that the chapter proposals be submitted no later than August 14, 2020. Call for Chapter Proposals

MOOC on Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching

Dear SFDN member,

The free teaching induction MOOC, Contemporary approaches to university teaching, provides key introductory learning and teaching concepts and strategies for those in their first few years of university teaching ( The self-paced MOOC is comprised of 11 expert-developed modules and several specialty modules and resources. Participants are encouraged to engage with the MOOC for two hours a week across the semester. However, the MOOC can be used as a just in time, just for me resource and used as and when needed. Topics include Planning for learning, Supporting online learning, Feedback for learning, Curriculum design etc.

Institutions providing learning and teaching professional development can learn how other universities are using the MOOC in the ‘How universities are using the MOOC’ section on the Fellowship website.

Survey about educational development around the world

American colleagues from Elon and Seattle Universities invite you to participate in a study of educational developers around the world. They intend to present their initial findings at ICED 2020.

The short, anonymous survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you are willing to participate, please click on the following link to complete the online consent form and access the survey:

The survey remains open until 23:59 (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday 15 March 2020.

The SFDN Board



Vous etes cordialement invité!

Le LEARN Day “Technologies and robotics for innovation in education”, 27 novembre 2019, Eventfabrik, Berne

Cet événement bilingue est organisé par Le Centre LEARN de l’EPFL, NCCR Robotics (pôle national de recherche en robotique ) et le Swiss EdTech Collider (le centre pour les entrepreneurs EdTech). Il a pour but d’encourager les échanges entre chercheurs et praticiens autour des nouvelles techniques pédagogiques, de leur impact et de leur mise en place.

Les personnes actives dans le domaine éducatif aux niveaux pédagogique, scientifique, politique ou économique sont invitées à participer à cette journée gratuite qui proposera différentes interventions et ateliers. Ces derniers porteront notamment sur l’usage des robots éducatifs, des  MOOCs ou de la réalité virtuelle dans la formation professionnelle.


Sie sind herzlich eingeladen!

LEARN Day “Technologien und Robotik für Innovation in der Bildung”, 27. November 2019, Eventfabrik Bern

Diese zweisprachige Veranstaltung wird vom LEARN Centre der EPFL, dem NCCR Robotics (Nationale Forschungsschwerpunkt Robotik) sowie dem Swiss EdTech Collider (Zentrum für EdTech startups) organisiert. Ziel ist es, einerseits den direkten Austausch zwischen ForscherInnen und PraktikerInnen zu ermöglichen und andererseits den Nutzen und die Auswirkungen von pädagogischen Innovationen aufzuzeigen und deren Einsatz zu fördern.

Personen und Interessierte, die auf pädagogischer, wissenschaftlicher, politischer oder wirtschaftlicher Ebene im Bildungsbereich tätig sind, sind herzlich eingeladen, an diesem kostenlosen Tag teilzunehmen, der verschiedene Interventionen und Workshops wie beispielsweise zu Robotern in der Bildung, MOOC’s oder Virtual Reality in der Berufsbildung anbieten wird.

Programme SFDN 2019-2020

September 13, 2019       Site Visit   Glion Institute of Higher Education, Bulle – Registration: Email to

December 3, 2019   11h – 12h   Online Webinar – To tweet or not to tweet? Twitter’s potential for educational developers – Karin Brown

January 21, 2020     11h – 12h   Online Webinar – Holistic academic development: Is it time to think more broadly about the academic development project? Ariane Dumont

March 12, 2020  11h-12h  Online webinar – EXPLICIT LABS: enabling students to identify the inquiry and scientific thinking skills of practical work – Siara IsaacRegistration:

March 23, 2020  11h-12h Online Webinar – Designing peer assessment exercisesPeter Jentges

April 21, 2020   Site Visit  University of Geneva
Registration: Email to

June 10, 2020    SAVE THE DATE!  Workshop at EPFL with Kasturi Behari-Leak University of Capetown (Keynote at ICED2020)

June 17, 2020    SAVE THE DATE (During ICED 2020)!SFDN General Assembly

The SFDN Board is working on a SFDN Writing Retreat for the Spring 2020 semester.  Stay tuned for more details!

Two innovative new academic posts at the University of Sydney in Educational Development

The University of Sydney Business School is a globally impactful Business School with over 14000 students at our state of the art campus in the centre of Sydney and is a key faculty within the University of Sydney. We are delivering a new initiative called Connected Learning at Scale which is designed to transform the teaching and learning experience for our students through innovative delivery models, agile uses of technology and cutting edge approaches to connected pedagogy, all located within our large core face-to-face programs. This project will be using innovative approaches to educational transformation that will engage our students in connected approaches to education, support learning through the community, engage in critical conversations around learning and teaching spaces and support our approach to designing innovative pedagogies that may include students as producers, gamification/playful learning and other emerging models and practices. Both of these posts are key parts of a large new team being recruited at the USBS.

*Post 1 – Researcher – Learning, Technology and Innovation (Level A research academic A$73-98k pa plus superannuation, loadings and other benefits) (3 year contract)*

This post will provide critical data to inform the on-going design and development of these projects, including learning analytics, learning technology design and implementation and student and staff use of technology. The post will support the development and implementation of rigorous frameworks for critical evaluation of pedagogical and technological change projects happening at the School. They will co-ordinate the ethics application process as well as reporting on ethics compliance. They will undertake data collection and analysis across a range of student and staff cohorts to provide the team with insights into the effectiveness of the project in transforming the student experience.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, see

*Post 2 – Senior Lecturer – Educational Development (education focused) (Level C academic A$127-147k pa plus superannuation, loadings and other benefits) (3 year contract)*

The Senior Lecturer Educational Development will have a leading role in a new faculty strategic initiative that will transform the student experience in core units for our internationally regarded undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Commerce. Addressing the challenges of teaching and learning at scale, this project will be the central hub for strategic pedagogical change, working with academic staff, professional staff support teams, students and the wider University to ensure the successful delivery of this initiative. The successful candidate will work closely with the faculty, senior leadership and other members of the team to effectively co-ordinate and implement complex educational change projects. They will design teaching and learning enhancements, curriculum innovation, staff training, academic reward and community engagement initiatives to better support the ongoing development of our teaching and learning community. They will provide leadership for the successful evaluation of the projects including supporting rigorous pedagogical and evaluative research and the dissemination of these findings to the School, the University and the wider sector.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, see

For an informal conversation in the first instance, including conversations about potential visa sponsorship, you can contact Peter Bryant ( or Elaine Huber (

 Applications close 30th May 2019 

Further information:

ISSOTL19-Call for Proposals Extended Deadline: April 15

  Call for Proposals Extended Deadline: Monday, April 15 @ 11:59pm
Submit a Proposal   Conference Theme  
The spirit of civic engagement is woven in the fabric of Atlanta.
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an imposing presence, as
are the Center for Civil and Human Rights, President Jimmy Carter’s
Presidential Library and Museum, and the AIDS Quilt.
At a time when we are witnessing a return of willful ignorance in the United States and even around the world, this is the ideal backdrop
for engaging in powerful discussions about the role of SoTL in the
world. If ignorance is the problem, thoughtful conversations about education and the role of SoTL are part of the solution.

HFR Collaborateur scientifique à 60% – assessment for learning

A l’automne 2019, la Faculté des sciences et de médecine de l’Université de Fribourg ouvre, en collaboration avec
l’hôpital fribourgeois (HFR), un programme d’études de degré master en médecine humaine. Hormis l’accent porté
sur la médecine de famille, le programme se caractérise par un dispositif d’évaluation formatrice innovant
(« assessment for learning »), construit sur une large palette d’évaluations formatives et visant à développer les
compétences d’autonomie et de pratique réflexive des étudiant-e-s.
Pour accompagner la mise en place des dispositifs d’assessment, la section Médecine engage
une collaboratrice scientifique ou un collaborateur scientifique (60%)
Tâches et Compétences
En tant que collaborateur/trice scientifique au Med-Office de la section Médecine, vous êtes intégré-e à l’équipe
en charge des examens et collaborez étroitement avec l’Unité de pédagogie médicale (Prof. Raphaël Bonvin) et les
personnes en charge de la mise en place du curriculum.
Vous assumez notamment les tâches suivantes :
− Développement et mise en place d’un dispositif d’évaluation formative, comprenant le support pédagogique
aux enseignant-e-s, l’accompagnement dans l’élaboration des instruments, la supervision du déroulement des
sessions d’évaluation, l’évaluation des résultats et le feed-back aux étudiant-e-s
− Mise en place d’un système de progress testing
− Conduite d’analyses quantitatives et qualitatives des résultats des évaluations (édumétrie) visant à évaluer la
performance du programme et à en assurer la qualité
− Accompagnement des procédures de promotion sommatives, menées sur la base du portfolio de l’étudiant-e
Vous avez achevé une formation universitaire, de niveau master (médecine humaine, psychologie, sociologie,
sciences de l’éducation ou autre). Vous êtes familière / familier avec les approches psychométriques et vous êtes
au bénéfice de compétences en matière de recherche qualitative. Vous montrez un intérêt particulier pour les
questions en lien avec l’évaluation, la formation et la pédagogie médicales.
Taux d’occupation
Compétences linguistiques
Français ou allemand avec de très bonnes connaissances de l’autre langue
Maîtrise de l’anglais scientifique
Entrée en fonction
1er juillet 2019 ou à convenir
Université de Fribourg, section Médecine

  • Dr méd. Isabelle Charrière (Med-Office) ;; tél.: +41 26 300 85 80
  • Dr Sabine Morand (Med-Office) ;; tél.: +41 26 300 86 00
  • Prof. Raphaël Bonvin (Pédagogie médicale) ;; tél.: +41 26 300 94 50
    Adresse d’envoi et délai
    Dr méd. Isabelle Charrière, Section Médecine, Université de Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 8, CH – 1700 Fribourg
    ou par mail à : Délai : 13 mai 2019

EUA Webinar

Dear SFDN Members

The following webinar may be of interest to some of you.

EUA webinar: Approaches to cooperation and exchange in learning and teaching on a European level

28 March 2019

Time: 14:00 To 15:00

This webinar will explore how university cooperation and peer-learning on learning and teaching can be implemented at a European and national level and provide information on outcomes of one of such activities: EUA’s Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups.

See: Best wishes