Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland – Overview of studies

Open Repository and Online Event (01.12.20 13-17h – Save the date!)

The pandemic has had a major impact on education, not only because of the social isolation during the lockdown, but also because of the need to organise education differently after reopening of schools. New practices have emerged and continue to develop. Educational researchers have quickly accompanied the emergence of these new practices with research activities. Many have conducted studies to document and investigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on education. These studies can make a significant contribution to understanding what has happened, but also to preparing future scenarios, based on evidence.

But how to gather all these studies in order to make them accessible and useful for the entire research community? The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP), the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SBFI/SEFRI)  and the EPFL Center for Learning Sciences (LEARN) teamed up to propose a platform for the sharing of research on Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland.

1. Open Repository of studies

Open access

We initiated an open online repository of such studies.

Sharing your studies

Did you conduct a study or more generally collect data on the impact of Covid-19 on education at any level of education in Switzerland? Or do you plan to do so?

Please add your study to the repository such that the research community can easily find, access and cite your work or get in contact with you for potential collaborations.

2. Online Event on Tuesday 01.12.2020 13-17h

Attending and presenting

If you want to attend in the event, please subscribe here until the 27.11.2020:

If you want to give a short presentation, there are two simple steps to do:

a. Please add your study / project to the repository (mentioned in 1.) first. This way, attendees can explore the content beforehand.

a. Then fill in this short form (one form per presentation, to be filled out by the main presenter) until 15.11.2020 :

Alice Leibundgut, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI

Marius Beerli, Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK/CDIP

Jessica Dehler Zufferey,  EPFL Center for Learning Sciences LEARN

International Journal for Academic Development CALL FOR PROPOSALS |

International Journal for Academic Development   CALL FOR PROPOSALS | Special Issue (to be published in 2022)   Academic Development in Times of Crisis   The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged academic developers to respond creatively to novel and evolving conditions that put extraordinary stresses on individuals, communities, institutions, and the higher education sector. Yet this is not the first time – nor will it be the last – academic development has confronted profound uncertainty related to the purposes, practices, and contexts of our work.   This special issue invites research, theory, and reflection on academic development in times of crisis.   We define crisis broadly to allow for both local and global issues, and to consider crises that may relate to public health, economic, political, social, climate, institutional, personal, ethical, or any other factors that disrupt the status quo in significant ways. Crises are crossroads that challenge existing systems and compel us to reconsider our assumptions; crises often present existential threats, and they might also be opportunities for positive change.   To understand how IJAD defines academic development, authors should read former editor Kathryn Sutherland’s 2018 essay on ‘Holistic academic development’ (IJAD 23:4) and also should consult IJAD’s statement on the aims and scope of the journal.   We are open to traditional — and to novel — approaches and genres for researching, analyzing, and representing academic development in times of crisis. This special issue is an opportunity to revisit not only what we do but also how and why we do it, including how our practice is shaped by specific contexts and circumstances that are often beyond our immediate control.   We encourage scholarly and creative submissions that offer insights, methodologies, and practices that are firmly grounded in a particular context and crisis but that also have implications for academic development more broadly.

You may submit a full-length scholarly article (up to 6000 words), a reflection on practice (1500 words), a reflection on research (1500 words), or a book review (1500 words). If you have questions about creative genres, please consult an IJAD editor. More details about paper types are on the IJAD website. We require full manuscripts to be submitted by 1 June 2021 in order to be reviewed and revised for publication in 2022.

We encourage submission of a 500 word proposal by 1 February 2021 outlining your proposed submission (emphasizing how it relates to the special issue’s topic, the literature upon which you will draw, and your intended genre). Proposals are strongly encouraged for creative genres. The editorial team will provide brief feedback as an indication of the extent to which your proposed paper may fit the parameters of the special issue and you may then submit the full manuscript by 1 June 2021.

Authors are welcome to submit full manuscripts without first receiving feedback through the proposals process.

All manuscripts will go through IJAD’s normal double-blind review process once they are submitted. As with regular IJAD articles, we have no prescribed methodologies and invite you to find creative ways to write about these themes.

Proposals due 1 February 2021 | Manuscripts due 1 June 2021 | Anticipated publication June 2022

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors, Word template, and other relevant information can be found on IJAD’s homepage:

Proposals and manuscripts must be submitted online via IJAD’s ScholarOne site:

For inquiries about this Special Issue, please contact Henk Huijser,

Two up-coming SFDN events!

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

Aware that many faculty are concerned about student engagement, we are offering an EXTRA webinar to explore some of the vast array of digital tools available to educators:

01 October 2020 12h15 – 13h00  Three interactive digital tools to enhance student engagement:   1. Perusall with Ariane Dumont, 2. Padlet with Robert Kordts-Freudinger & 3. Wooclap with Ruth Puhr. To register: click here

EXTRA SFDN Webinar on HyFlex Delivery

10 September 2020 12.15 – 13.00 Webinar: The highs and lows of HyFlex Led by Ruth Puhr

HyFlex is the buzzword in higher education this summer! Are you helping your faculty prepare to deliver courses to students in multiple modes? The possibility of having some face-to-face students, others who join virtually and a third group who will catch up later is daunting. The challenges of teaching in higher education have never been greater.

Students returned to the Les Roches campuses in Switzerland and Spain at the end of July and I have been working with faculty since mid-July, preparing them for HyFlex delivery and supporting them in their classes. In this webinar, I will share some of the highs and lows that we have experienced.

To register: click here

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Projektleiter/in Entwicklung MSc FHNW Virtual Design and Construction (40–60 %)

Ihre Aufgaben: Der neue interdisziplinäre Masterstudiengang «MSc FHNW Virtual Design and Construction» für das Bau- und Immobilienwesen startet im Herbstsemester 2021. Er vereinigt Fragen der Informationsmodellierung- und management mit Fragen der Zusammenarbeit und Prozessgestaltung. Neben einer besonderen Kombination von zu vermittelnden Kompetenzen zeichnet er sich durch eine zukunftsorientierte Didaktik aus. Die Stichworte hierzu sind u.a. die Konzepte von Inverted Classroom und Blended Learning.

Als Projektleiterin/in haben Sie die Möglichkeit diesen zukunftsweisenden Studiengang massgeblich mitzuprägen. Sie unterstützen in Ihrer Funktion als Projektleiter/-in die den Institutsleiter sowie die zukünftige Studiengangsleiter/-in. Sie nehmen dabei folgende Aufgaben wahr:

  • Weiterentwicklung des bestehenden Studiengangkonzeptes auf didaktischer Ebene
  • Führen des Projektteams und der zukünftigen Lehrenden
  • Sicherstellung der Schnittstelle zwischen den relevanten Anspruchsgruppen (z.B. Institutsleitung, Hochschulleitung, zukünftige Lehrende, Praxispartner etc.)
  • Unterstützung bei der Akquisition von Studierenden für das erste Studienjahr

Ihr Profil: Nebst einem Hochschulabschluss und einer hochschuldidaktischen Aus- oder Weiterbildung verfügen Sie idealerweise über:

  • Erfahrung in der Entwicklung und Umsetzung von Hochschullehrgängen
  • Hohes Interesse an moderner Hochschuldidaktik / Lehre der Zukunft
  • Expertise in den Bereichen Inverted Classroom, Blended Learning und Learning Management Systems
  • Erfahrung in der Leitung von Projekten und Teams
  • Gute Deutschkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift

Unser Angebot: Auf Sie wartet ein interdisziplinäres Team mit Expertinnen und Experten aus allen Bereichen der bebauten Umwelt (Architektur, Bauingenieurwesen, Geomatik, Energie- und Umwelttechnik, Digitales Bauen) sowie der Organisationsentwicklung das motiviert ist mit Ihnen neue didaktische Wege zu gehen. Die Fachhochschule FHNW als Bildungs- und Forschungsinstitution mit engem Praxisbezug bietet eine breite Plattform für Innovation und Kreation. Gestalten Sie den neuen Masterstudiengangs aktiv mit, wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung!

Die Funktion des Projektleiters/der Projektleiterin ist bis am 30.06.2021 befristet und kann auf Mandatsbasis oder als befristetet Anstellung wahrgenommen werden. Bei Eignung und Bedarf besteht die Möglichkeit eines weiteren Engagements nach dem 01.07.2021.

Ihre Bewerbung können Sie Prof. Manfred Huber, Leiter Institut Digitales Bauen per Email zukommen lassen. Ebenso erteilt er Ihnen gerne nähere Auskünfte (T +41 61 228 56 17).

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

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