SFDN Conference 22nd February 2019: call for papers

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>

Ariane
Ariane

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

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