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Newsletter October 2014

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.

Excellent Teacher

The University of Gothenburg has introduced the title Excellent Teacher as a way to highlight teachers with excellent pedagogical proficiency, in accordance with Vision 2020.

Read more about the title Excellent Teacher

PIL courses offered in English

The spring 2015 PIL courses will open for applications on 5 November. 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)
  • Professional Teaching Skills: English as the Medium of Instruction, 7.5 hec (HPE301)

Read more about PIL's courses offered in English

PIL courses offered in Swedish

Read about PIL's courses offered in Swedish


PIL offers the following mini-courses in Swedish:

  • Teaching in practice
  • Supervision at undergraduate level
  • Better syllabi
  • Better course guides

Read more about PIL's mini-courses

Workshops: Teaching with Adobe Connect

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

Workshops: Film your lectures

PIL holds workshop for teachers on how to film their lectures. If you want a workshop in English, please contact Svante Eriksson or Torbjörn Fraenckel.

Writing a course syllabus

The PIL website includes a resource for those writing course syllabuses. The material provided includes general advice and suggestions as well as information about important rules and guidelines for course syllabuses that can be found in both local regulations and the Higher Education Ordinance. The material is available in English.

Writing a course syllabus

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

GU Online

GU Online is an annual mini-conference on internet-based tools in higher education. The target group is university staff. Next year's GU Online takes place on Thursday 23 april. The theme will be announced later.

Writing and publishing support

Are you writing about teaching and learning in higher education? PIL supports your writing and informs you about ways to be published.

Read more about Writing and publishing support

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

Advice for doctoral supervisors

Get advice on how you, as a doctoral supervisor, can design your supervision sessions.

Advice for doctoral supervisors

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 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 support group.

Borrow an apartment in Villa Martinson, Jonsered

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 Skyllberg.

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: 3/10/2017

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