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Newsletter April 2016

The PIL newsletter is published twice a year (April and October). This is a condensed version in English.

Welcome to PIL!

The PIL Unit is an arena for university-level pedagogical development and interactive learning at the University of Gothenburg.

Digital written examinations

University of Gothenburg is implementing a system for digital written examinations. Students will bring their own computers to these examinations. Alternatively, they can borrow a computer from the University.

The system, called Inspera, is already in use at the universities in Bergen and Oslo. The system locks the students' computers, preventing them from searching the Internet, using a USB stick or communicating digitally with others.

The aim is that the system will be useful not only for the students but also for course administrators, course leaders, proctors, teachers and examinators.

During spring 2016, a hall for digital written examinations is equipped at Viktoriagatan 30, with room for 110 students. The project group plans to hold a few digital written examinations in this hall during May/June 2016.

During the autumn, the project group plans to hold as many digital written examinations as the University's teachers want and the organisation can handle. Responsible administrators and involved teachers will be offered a course to learn the system. More information to all concerned will be sent out during the spring.

Open house at the new classroom for active learning

A new kind of classroom has opened at Pedagogen. The classroom is adapted for active learning according to the concept ALC – Active Learning Classroom.

Are you curious to see the classroom? We have open house on these three occasions:

► 18 April from 9 am to 4 pm
► 16 May from 9 am to 4 pm
► 10 June from 9 am to 4 pm

No advance notification is needed. During these days, everybody interested can have a demonstration of the room and its technical and pedagogical functions. The room (named A1:119) is located at Pedagogen, House A, first floor. The address is Västra Hamngatan 25. Welcome!

News article about the ALC room

New web resource: Teachers' Guide

The Teachers' Guide is a new web resource for teachers, tutors and supervisors at the University of Gothenburg. The guide is a part of Staff Portal and is a collection of links that leads to governing national rules and local policy documents as well as to university-wide resources and contacts.

Go to the Teachers' Guide

The PIL unit seeks a new director

The PIL unit seeks a new director for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2022. Declarations of interest must be submitted no later than 12 April.

Read more about the appointment (in Swedish) (requires login into the Staff Portal)

PIL courses offered in English

The autumn 2016 PIL courses will open for applications on 19 April. These courses are offered in English:

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 1: Basic Course, 5 hec (HPE101)
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2: Subject Field Pedagogy, 5 hec (HPE102)
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 3: Applied Analysis, 5 hec (HPE103)
  • Supervision in Postgraduate Programmes, 5 hec (HPE201)

Read more about PIL's courses offered in English

PIL courses offered in Swedish

Read about PIL's courses offered in Swedish

Interactive web course on academic integrity

PIL and the University Library have developed an interactive web course on academic integrity, aimed at both teachers and students. From September 2016, the web course will also be available in English.

Interactive web course on academic integrity (in Swedish)

Workshops: Teaching with Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a tool for e-meetings. PIL offers workshops on Adobe Connect for teachers. If you want a workshop in English, please contact Svante Eriksson.

Workshops: How to make films

PIL offers workshop for teachers on how to make films for educational purposes. If you want a workshop in English, please contact Svante Eriksson.

GUL Workshops

The GUL Support Team offers workshops in Swedish. If you want to invite the Support Team to meet a team of teachers for a custom GUL training, this can be held in English. The Support Team also offers individual GUL supervision in English. If you are interested in any of these types of GUL training, please send an e-mail to gulsupport@gu.se

GU Online

GU Online is an annual mini-conference on internet-based tools in higher education. The target group is university staff. This year's GU Online will take place on 17 November at Pedagogen (Västra Hamngatan 25). The theme: Flip, stream and develop – with focus on the student.

Excellent Teacher

A new application round for the title Excellent Teacher opened on 1 April 2016. The last day for application is 15 May 2016.

Teachers who are university employees may apply for the title. Assessment will be based on documented evidence of applicants’ reflective practice as teachers. The title Excellent Teacher is taken into account in the university’s salary scales, and the head of department or equivalent is to consider this in conjunction with salary negotiations.

Read more about the title Excellent Teacher

Read about the first eight excellent teachers at University of Gothenburg 

Publishing opportunities

The PIL Unit offers publishing opportunities for anybody at the University who writes about teaching and learning in higher education. We want to support the sharing of interesting analyses of various educational practices around the University and stimulate the collective dialogue about teaching and learning.

Read more about Publishing opportunities

The PIL Studio

The PIL studio offers the opportunity for university staff to learn to produce their own teaching material. In the studio you can film and edit lectures, interviews, conversations etc for teaching purposes.

Read more about the PIL studio

About the newsletter

This newsletter is published twice a year – in April and October – and contains news and information on events and new resources. The aim is to involve, engage and get university teaching staff to contribute to pedagogical development at the University of Gothenburg.

Editor: Olof Siverbo

Contact Information

Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (PIL)

Box 300, SE 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Pedagogen Hus A, Västra Hamngatan 25, Floor 1

+46 (0)31-786 0000

Page Manager: Olof Siverbo|Last update: 6/13/2016

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