Archive March 2021

Extended until 5 July, 2021: Call for Papers Journal for Higher Education Development (

Dear SFDN colleagues

Related to the 2021 SFDN conference at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), we are currently inviting authors for an English-language special issue of the Journal for Higher Education Development (Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung) on research and reflections on the recent (COVID-19-related) experiences and transfer to the new-normal in higher-education teaching and learning.

The extended deadline for contributing is 5 July, 2021. We also welcome German-speaking contributions for this issue.

Please find all information about the call for papers here:  

Call for Chapter Proposals

Call for Chapter Proposals

            The e-book editors of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA, Division 2) have commissioned the preparation of a book titled “In their own words: What scholars want you to know about why and how to apply the science of learning in your academic setting (Editors: Catherine Overson, Christopher Hakala, Lauren Kordonowy, & Victor Benassi). The editors invite potential authors to submit proposals for chapters to appear in a section of the book titled “Putting the Science of Learning into Practice.” From the submitted proposals, a limited number of authors will be invited to prepare a chapter for submission. The purpose of these chapters is to provide teachers and others who work to promote student learning with examples of applications of science of learning in real academic settings. The target audience for the book will be:

  1. college and university teachers in any field or discipline and at any type of institution
  2. secondary school teachers
  3. staff in teaching and learning centers, instructional design centers, learning assistance centers, and student support
  4. other colleagues who work with students to promote students’ academic success.

After proposals have been reviewed by the book editors, authors of accepted proposals will be notified and provided with detailed instructions on how to prepare and submit their chapters. The chapters will follow a similar format to that used in the 2014 STP e-book on Applying the Science of Learning in Education section titled “Putting the Science of Learning into Practice” (Benassi, Overson, & Hakala, Eds.). The proposal submission due date is May 1, 2021.

Click here for more information about the book and proposal submission


Send inquires to Catherine Overson at

Post Doc position in higher-education development at University of St.Gallen (HSG)

The Institute of Business Education and Educational Management at the University of St.Gallen is looking for candidates for a PostDoc position (75 % FTE, 6 years) in Educational Development at the Competence Center for Educational Development And Research in Higher Education (CEDAR).

Please find an English and German versions of the job offer here and please forward this offer to colleagues who might be interested.


Theme – Sustainable Educational Development

ICED22 hybrid conference will address the role and responsibility of educational developers in coping with the UN’s 17 Global Goals of sustainability.  

Apart from being one of the goals in its own right, education plays a pivotal role if the global goals for a sustainable future shall be achieved. Educational developers in higher education have a particular responsibility for educating the researchers, professionals, experts etc. to increase our understanding of challenges and propose solutions to move the goals forward.

EPFL MOOC: Teaching Science & Engineering

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to invite you to join us for the next edition of the Teaching Science and Engineering free online course!

This 8-week MOOC is organized by the Teaching Support Centre at EPFL, one of Europe’s top engineering schools. It is designed for new instructors and doctoral teaching assistants and addresses both what to do when you are teaching as well as explaining why these approaches and strategies are appropriate and useful for teaching scientific and engineering disciplines at the university level.

We invite you to have a look at the course programme and enroll in the spring edition starting April 12th. Please, send us to your friends and colleagues.

We are looking forward to seeing you online!

Siara Isaac, Ingrid LeDuc, Roland Tormey, Cécile Hardebole and Iris Capdevila. 

For further information you can contact us:

Two webinar series at ZHE

Dear colleagues,

I am happy to share information regarding free webinar events organized by our team at the Centre for Teaching and Learing in Higher Education at PH Zürich.

Webinar Series: Researching Student Engagement

Student engagement is one of the most discussed and researched
concepts in higher education, and can play a key role in
the issue of student retention. Being a strong predictor of student
success, student engagement constructs a shared responsibility of
the students and the institution: individual student engagement occurs dynamically within an educational interface at the intersection
of the students and their characteristics and background, and the
institution and its practices (Kahu and Nelson 2018, 59). (Flyer)

First event with Dr. Ella Kahu, Massey University, Wellington NZ on
Practice in the educational interface: Understanding student diversity
Tuesday 13. April 2021, 8–10 am MEZ (Registration)

Further events in this series with Peter Felten and Melissa Bond

Veranstaltungsreihe: «Raum fürs Lernen»

Welche Rolle spielen Räume beim Lehren und Lernen – für Dozierende, für Studierende? In unserer dreiteiligen Veranstaltungsreihe schaffen wir «Raum» für Reflexion, Verständigung und den Austausch. (Flyer)

Veranstaltung 1: «Sich bewegen in formellen und informellen Lernräumen», 22. März 2021, 16-18 Uhr (Anmeldung)