TAL2023 - Teaching for Active Learning


Date: November 2, 2023, 9.00 - 15.30

Venue: Link Arrow Auditorium O100, SDU Odense, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M 

Deadline: October 26, 2023

Deadline abstracts: May 30, 2023

Fee: Free - but a fee of 500 DKK for registered participants who do not show up and do not cancel

Conference language: Keynote and panel discussion will be in English, whereas there will be parallel sessions in Danish and English, morning and afternoon.

Programme committee: SDU Centre for Teaching and Learning: Cita Nørgård, Link Arrow cnorgaard@sdu.dk; Torben K. Jensen, Link Arrow tkje@sdu.dk

Contact:  Anne Grete Petersen, Link Arrow agpetersen@sdu.dk

Info and registration - English

Info og tilmelding - Dansk

The main theme of the conference is activating teaching and  learning which are the fundamental principles at the University of Southern Denmark, SDU. The conference intends to support practitioners’ mutual inspiration and present knowledge and experiences on how students’ learning is enhanced in accordance with the fundamental principles of SDU.

The objective of the conference is to provide for the participants an opportunity to

  • share, document, demonstrate, reason and analyse their own examples of activating teaching and learning
  • be inspired to develop their own practice of activating teaching and learning

This year we direct our attention to Group work - formats, function, facilitation, and effect on learning and well-being.

A large part of the students' learning in higher education - and perhaps the most important and deepest part - takes place through work in groups in seminars, practice classes, laboratories and preparation outside of class.

And many higher education institutions are officially based on the Study Activity Model which sets the norm for study activities in and outside of teaching hours, and which in practice depends on well-functioning study groups.

Finally, working communities in groups are very crucial for the development of sense of belonging and self-efficacy related to studies and student life, which in turn is crucial for well-being and persistence.

Therefore, there are many good reasons to exchange experiences on how the work in study groups can be integrated and facilitated as best as possible.

The conference target group is primarily employees at SDU and the University Colleges in the region. Meanwhile, the conference is open to everyone and abstracts and sign ups from participants from other national universities and other educational institutions are more than welcome.

Programme  - temporary

 08.30   Coffee and rolls
 09.00   Welcome
 09.15   Keynote Ib Ravn, DPU with interactions and Q&A 
10.45   Break
11.15   Parallel sessions 1  - in Danish and English - short communications and posters
12.15   Sandwich lunch 
13.00   Parallel sessions 2 - in Danish and English - short communications and workshops
14.00   Break
14.15   Panel discussion
15.30   Closing statements - Safe trip home!


In the parallel sessions  we invite you to share your teaching experiences regarding the following tracks:

  • TAL2023 main theme: Teaching for active learning

  • TAL2023 special focus: Group work - formats, function, facilitation, and effect on learning and well-being, e.g.:
    • Students’ professional and/or personal development through group work
    • Student partnership in developing different group work formats
    • Instruments, methods, and challenges for facilitation and for improving students’ motivation and competences to work in groups in and out of class – tools and good practice
    • Students' different roles in the group
    • Interdisciplinary group work
    • Exam formats for assessing students' group work competences
    • Helping staff and faculty implementing effective group work in different practices
    • Other ......

Formats for contributions

  • Short communication: each presenter will have 10 minutes to share an experience and reflections, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
  • Posters will be presented on Campustorvet  with 5 minutes' individual presentation followed by a short discussion of each poster.
  • Workshops will be approx. 60 minutes. They must be participant activating, and the abstract will have to indicate how.

Abstracts must be submitted in Word format - deadline 30 May. Please download and use the below templates:

Students are welcome to contribute a presentation with a teacher from SDU, UC or other higher education institutions.

Conference proceedings
Contributors to TAL2023 will be invited to also contribute to the conference proceedings. 


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