Ariane Dumont has developped the Center for Teaching and Learning at Yverdon Western University of Applied Sciences, she is an associate educational developer at Lausanne University in Switzerland. Ariane is serving as a General Secretary of the SFDN Committee (Swiss Faculty Development Network) as well as a member of the core committee of the AIPU (Association Internationale de Pédagogie Universitaire) where she is responsible for international partnerships. Having started her career as a teacher of geography in a high school in the Western part of Switzerland, Ariane then earned a Master’s degree in humanities followed by a Master of Advanced Studies in Human systems engineering, focusing on College-level teaching and its impact on students. Ariane has published mainly on the following topics: evaluating college and university teaching by students, professional faculty development in higher education schools controlling faculty teaching, and Stress in Academia. Her working and research area is on college teaching, evaluating college teaching, new faculty members and faculty development programs. She gives numerous faculty workshops each semester on designing courses to enhance the students’ learning experience. Ariane has 14 years of experience in evaluating teaching as a new approach to help faculty development and therefore improve the students’ learning experience. She has discussions with campus leaders (deans, President, faculty members) on what the institution can do to promote better teaching and learning across campus. Ariane has been the Swiss representative in three European research projects dealing with Life-long-learning through e-learning tools and the use of wikis for educators as well as a research project dealing with stress in academia.
Her philosophy is to find ways to increase the quality of teaching in ways that result in deeper and more effective student learning experiences. How to make a difference in the quality