Two job openings in the Teaching Support Centre/ Centre d’appui à l’enseignement are currently advertised. The positions are:
To support and evaluate technology supported learning projects (70%)
To manage evaluations of programmes (80%)
Further details are available on the EPFL website:
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 processes.
The Swiss Faculty Development Network therefore welcomes paper and poster submissions on topics which include the following:
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
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: Katherine Hahn Halbheer (LET)
The details for the workshop in the morning of the SFDN GA in EPFL on 27 April 2018 have been announced. Please register here (To register):
GA Morning Workshop: Pedagogical Advisor 4.0
10h00 – 12h00
Facilitated by Ingrid LeDuc, Cécile Hardebolle and Roland Tormey
The fourth industrial revolution (i4.0) is changing the way in which people live, work and interact with each other and with technology. The iPhone, for example, was launched only ten years ago but today mobile connectivity is the pervasive norm throughout much of the world, with an estimated 2.32 billion smartphone users worldwide.
How should the practice of pedagogical advisors change in response to this changing context? How do we:
This workshop will explore the issues and opportunities for Pedagogical Advisors in a world of i4.0.
The GA will follow after lunch. Further details are on the website here: http://www.sfdn.ch/activities/general-assembly/sfdn-general-assembly-2018-2/
The programme for the SFDN 2017 Conference “Helping University Students Learn How to Learn” is now available from the conference website http://www.sfdn.ch/sfdn-conferences/
Registration for the conference is also still open.
SFDN 2017 Conference: “Helping University Students Learn How to Learn”
14th February 2017
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Registration is now open! To register click here
Self-regulation of learning by students has been found to be strongly associated with academic attainment. This self-regulation can be aided by using assessment rubrics, formative assessment, encouraging students to “think out loud”, or by explicitly teaching students problem-solving and study skills strategies. This one-day conference will host presentations from teachers, faculty developers and researchers, addressing a range of strategies currently being developed to help university students learn how to learn. Presentations will include: examples of university-level study skills programmes using both on-site and on-line approaches, strategies to develop students’ ability to think within their disciplines, and examples of teacher development workshops, courses and programmes aimed at student self-regulation.
Further details are available on the SFDN website: http://www.sfdn.ch/sfdn-conferences/
Swiss Faculty Development Network 2017 Conference
“Helping university students learn how to learn”
EPFL, February 14th 2017
Call for Papers
The Swiss Faculty Development Network (SFDN) would welcome papers and poster submissions related to the conference theme of supporting self-regulated learning in higher education.
Submission deadline: 5th December 2016
Further details of the conference and the submission process: http://www.sfdn.ch/cfp-conference2017/