Conference on writing analytics at zhaw in 198 days

https://writinganalytics.zhaw.ch/ Digital technologies transform writing and reading fundamentally and lead to new forms of literacy, media use, writing habits and competence profiles. Keeping pace with these developments is a challenge for not only writers in academic settings but also writing teachers. There are simply too many innovations and too little guidance to help select what might be useful for writing classes or seminars. Similarly, for writing researchers, is it a great challenge to react to new research needs and provide adequate methodologies and research strategies. New research settings, media, data collection opportunities and analytic methods have to be created and applied, which, in turn, lead to new research perspectives, discourse communities and exchange forums. In light of these challenges, this conference aims to bring together various disciplines, covering composition and writing research, corpus and computer linguistics, media studies, psychology and educational technology, to provide a setting where knowledge, research results and methodological concepts can be exchanged.

Educational Developers Caucus online Conference

Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Conference 2019

Positive Resilience and the Future of ED(C)

February 19th to 22nd 2019.

SFDN colleagues are invited to join virtually at the EDC fully online Conference.

Details:  https://edc-conference.com/home/2019-conference/

Please register. https://edc-conference.com/home/2019-conference/registration/

Keynotes:  On Tuesday February 19th Joan McArthur Blair and Jeanie Cockell will get the ball rolling with their keynote address – Appreciative Resilience and Educational Development.

Throughout the 4 days there will be workshops and showcase items (available asynchronously as well as synchronously) for your enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. Full details can be found here: https://edc-conference.com/home/2019-conference/schedule/

Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Honenheim – call for proposals

From June 5 – 7, 2019, the University of Honenheim will host a conference with the following theme – Underpinnings, Requirements, Effects of Undergraduate Research.  Please see the attached flyer and list of invited speakers.  For additional information please contact Dr. Kerstin Konig.

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)