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Newsletter May 2012

The PIL newsletter is published twice a year (April/May and October).

Hi there!

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

PIL courses offered in English

These autumn 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 and apply

Workshop: Supervision at undergraduate level

PIL is organising a two-day course for teaching staff and supervisors working on undergraduate programmes. The course covers supervision goals, quality criteria for the supervision product, "good supervision", appraisals and feedback during supervision, difficulties and problems in the supervision situation, and leadership in connection with degree projects, essays and project work. Dates: 4 and 5 October. The course is held in Swedish.

Workshop: Adobe Connect for teachers

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

Revised procedure for validation

The procedure for assessing and acknowledging qualifications in teaching and learning higher education has been revised. The new procedure is valid from 1 July 2012.

Read more about the revised procedure

National course: Evaluating Pedagogical Skills

Evaluating Pedagogical Skills is a national course for pedagogical specialists. The autumn of 2012, the course is given at the University of Gothenburg. The course is held in Swedish.

Borrow an apartment in Villa Martinson

For teachers at the University of Gothenburg who need a quiet place to write about teaching and learning in higher education, it is possible to borrow an apartment in Villa Martinson in Jonsered outside of Gothenburg. The apartment can only be borrowed for a limited period of time. For more information, please contact Susanne Pedersen.

NU2012 in Gothenburg, 17-19 October 2012

In October you will be able to go to NU2012, Sweden's largest forum for the development of higher education. A warm welcome to everyone who is interested in teaching and university-level pedagogical R&D. The conference will be held on 17-19 October 2012 in central Gothenburg. Keynote Speakers are David Boud, Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, William Rankin, Anna Valtonen and Gina Wisker.

The NU2012 website

The Seminar on teaching and learning in higher education

The seminars on teaching and learning in higher education are open to lecturers and researchers at the University of Gothenburg. They are a forum for the discussion of common issues, and look at university teaching and learning at both a general and subject-specific level.

Read more about the Seminar

Digital Resources offer support and inspiration

PIL's Digital Resources offer support and inspiration for those who want to use digital tools to develop their teaching. The resources are organised into contexts where they may be relevant:

  • Examination, eg seminars and exams in GUL
  • Lectures, eg video lectures and presentation tools
  • Supervision, eg distance supervision via Acrobat Connect or Skype
  • Communication, eg GUL as an alternative to e-mail
  • Collaboration, eg co-authoring via Google Docs
  • Assessment, eg summative assessment in GUL

At this point, the Digital Resources are only available in Swedish.

Feedback on your lectures

Feedback on your lectures is offered for free to all staff at the University of Gothenburg by the PIL unit. The feedback is given in Swedish or English by Lars-Åke Kernell.

Course development support

Get free help with the issues that crop up when developing a new course (or course modules) using IT. We can help with matters such as examination, participation and distance-learning activities, as well as how to use a computer in the classroom, lab or seminar room. The support is given in Swedish or English.

Read more about course development support

Information on plagiarism and copyright

PIL's website has detailed information (in Swedish) on plagiarism as a pedagogical challenge and on copyright for university teaching staff.

PIL's development projects

PIL constantly runs and finances development projects in university pedagogy and interactive learning. PIL's website has detailed information (in Swedish) on the various projects. Some of the projects have summaries in English.

Project information (mostly in Swedish)

PIL films

Course reportage
University TV at the Information Office has produced Swedish-language reportage about three of PIL's courses, interviewing course leaders and participants. The videos are in Swedish.

Project footage
Several of the projects funded by PIL have been documented via reportage videos. University TV has produced Swedish-language reportage and interviewed those involved in the projects. The videos are in Swedish.

Relay reportage
PIL's relay seminars were a series of seminars that focused on pedagogical examples taken from all of the University of Gothenburg's faculties. Each example was documented through reportage and interviews. The reportage and videos (in Swedish) are on the PIL website.

University of Gothenburg's learning management system (GUL)

GUL is a web-based platform with events and virtual rooms for information, communication and collaboration between teachers and students. If you need GUL education given in English, please send an e-mail to the GUL group.

About the newsletter

This newsletter is published twice a year – in April/May 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

Any questions? Please contact Bengt Petersson, head of PIL 

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: 3/10/2017

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