Category News for Members

SFDN Conference 2021: Call for Participation!

Dear SFDN colleagues

We are very happy to announce the upcoming SFDN conference on 19th February, 2021 at the University of St.Gallen. We want to get into discussions with you (and non SFDN members) on the impact of crises (such as the current one) on experimentation and innovation in higher-education teaching and learning. In order to do so, we are planning the conference face-to-face (with precautions and a contingency plan) with both traditional paper presentations and interactive DisqSpace. We are looking forward to trying out this format with you in St.Gallen!

The conference platform is open now and waiting for your and your colleagues’ proposals. You can submit your proposal from now until 31st October, 2020. 

Please find all information on the conference website, including the link to the conference platform, contact and “practical” information. The conference website is currently under construction, so please visit it from time to time for additional information. 

For all questions regarding the conference, SFDN will offer a webinar with a Q&A session in early September 2020 (see SFDN Programme 2020-2021) . Stay tuned!

Best wishes,

Robert Kordts-Freudinger and the organizing team at the University of St.Gallen 

SFDN Programme 2020/2021

07 September 2020  12h15 – 13h00  Webinar: Preview of the SFDN 2021 Conference. Led by Robert Kordts-Freudinger. To register: click here

30 September 2020 12h15 – 13h00 Panel Discussion: Fall 2020 Educational Development Updates Panelists: Siara Isaac, Erik Jentges, Ruth Puhr. Moderator: Marika Fenley. To register: click here

03 December 2020 12h15 – 13h00 Webinar: Lessons Learned During Fall 2020 – Open Exchange. Led by Ariane Dumont. To register: click here

19 February 2021 SFDN Conference 2021: Cultivating an environment of experimentation in teaching and learning: Tensions between coping and design in times of crises and beyond. University of St. Gallen. Conference Website: click here

28 May 2021 (save the date) SFDN 2021 General Assembly

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, no events have been fixed beyond the SFDN conference next February. You will be informed as soon as we can confirm further events.

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 www.gmw2020.ch

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

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 www.gmw2020.ch

References on Zoom Fatigue

As a follow-up to Dr. Judith Boettcher’s workshop, please see below some resources on Zoom fatigue.

Fosslien, L., & Duffy, M. W. (2020, April 29 2020). How to Combat Zoom Fatigue. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2020/04/how-to-combat-zoom-fatigue
Sander, L., & Oliver, B. (2020). 5 reasons why Zoom meetings are so exhausting.  Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/5-reasons-why-zoom-meetings-are-so-exhausting-137404
Spicer, A. (2020). Finding endless video calls exhausting? You’re not alone.  Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/finding-endless-video-calls-exhausting-youre-not-alone-137936

Access Details for the GA & Workshop – June 17, 2020

The GA will take place from 14h00 – 15h30 followed by a virtual coffee break.  Please use this information to access the session:https://epfl.zoom.us/j/96191618662 Meeting ID: 961 9161 8662 One tap mobile +41432107042,,96191618662# Switzerland +41432107108,,96191618662# Switzerland

From 16h00 – 17h30, we will then have the workshop with Dr. Judith Boettcher: Designing Great Courses – No Matter Where You Are.  Attached you will find a document from our presenter which you might wish to read prior to the workshop.  Please use this second Zoom link for the workshop:
Join Zoom Meeting https://epfl.zoom.us/j/98619890236 Meeting ID: 986 1989 0236 One tap mobile +41432107108,,98619890236# Switzerland +41225910005,,98619890236# Switzerland