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 2019 conference – call for papers

How research on learning contributes to university teaching practice

Friday 22 February 2019, ETH Zurich


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 processes.

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: Katherine Hahn Halbheer (LET)

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
processes.
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 <katherine.hahn@let.ethz.ch>

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: https://edc-conference.com/home/2019-conference/call-for-proposals/

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 cpopovic@yorku.ca.

Regards,

The SFDN Board