Call for Submissions

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While dghd is primarily a German-speaking community of practice, the organisers of dghd2020 are intent on broadening the discourse and outlook of the dghd’s annual conference. To this end, we very warmly welcome submissions in English from international colleagues in Higher Education development, Centres for Teaching and Learning and staff and students engaged in international teaching/learning cooperation projects! We aim to organise at least one international strand of keynote, panels and workshops in English on the main day of the conference (Thursday 12. March 2020). Of course, we also welcome contributions in German from international colleagues and contributions in English from German colleagues. Let’s improve Higher Education together!

Overview of the three Thematic Fields

From 10 to 13 March 2020, Freie Universität Berlin will host the annual conference of the German Association for Educational Development (dghd)*under the title Envisioning Teaching and Learning as a Common Task: Together – Cooperative – Integrative. Our aim is to identify and discuss perspectives for a joint, cooperative and integrative approach towards the higher education teaching and learning. With a view towards ensuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in higher education, we want to focus different aspects of cooperation (between individuals, departments, academic subjects or institutions) which could provide new impulses for the development of teaching and learning in higher education. We welcome contributions (short presentations, discourse workshops, workshops and poster presentations) in three thematic fields:

THEMATIC FIELD I: CONNECTIONS BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This thematic field focusses on the connections between educational development practice and current research into teaching and learning. We particularly welcome research contributions from related disciplines that have direct implications for instructional design and educational development practice in higher education. We are also interested in concepts, projects and measures with an evidence-based approach. Finally, we welcome contributions that examine the discourse on evidence-based teaching and learning from a theoretical perspective and in relation to the development of Educational Development as an independent academic discipline.

THEMATIC FIELD II: EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES - AN INTENSE RELATIONSHIP?

This thematic field examines the fraught relationship between Educational Development and the various cultures of teaching and learning in the academic subjects. Here we are looking for contributions that focus on the importance of subject cultures in educational development. Alternatively, we welcome presentations on subjects-specific teaching concepts, formats or methods that could be of relevance or interest to other subjects, too. Finally, we are looking for successful examples of subject-sensitive educational development practice that either seek to increase the educational developers’ understanding of subject cultures or have developed subject-specific approaches to educational development. Finally, we would like to discuss how Educational Development units need to be organised and equipped to meet the needs of the range of different academic subjects.

THEMATIC FIELD III: HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AS LEARNING ORGANIZATIONS - POSSIBILITIES FOR COOPERATION

This thematic field deals with the question of the professionalisation of teaching and educational development can best be addressed at the institutional level. In particular, we are looking for models of cooperation that aim to strengthen student engagement in educational design, foster and facilitate cooperation between teaching staff or find ways of integrating innovative practice into established curricula. Apart from models for educational and organisational development within single institutions (e.g. participatory processes in the development of teaching and learning strategies, quality management systems), we warmly welcome examples of successful cooperation between different higher education institutions (e.g. in developing digital and/or international learning environments). Finally, we invite contributions on cooperative projects in the context the “Third Mission” of higher education.


* Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hochschuldidaktik (German Association for educational and academic staff development in Higher Education)

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