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Teaching freedom in Danish and other European universities: SIG-webinar

Dates: April 18, 2023

Time: 12.30-14.00 (CET)

Venue: Online (Zoom-link will follow)

Fee: Free
All interested in teaching freedom at universities are welcome to attend. 

Registration deadline: April 16, 2023


Teaching freedom in Danish and other European universities – webinar facilitated by the Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education Special Interest Groups: Teaching and Learning in the International Classroom (TLIC) and Bias Aware Teaching and Learning (BATL)

Introduction to the webinar
Teaching freedom is a key element in science dissemination and in the education of the new generations. Teaching freedom should be based on free and fluid interaction between teachers and students. However, teaching freedom oftentimes faces challenges such as weak teacher´s protection, institutional bureaucracy, excessive focus on the destination (grades) over the journey (learning process), among others.

We are delighted that two colleagues from SDU’s Department of Law Sten Schaumburg-Müller and José Maria Lorenzo Villaverde will contribute to the webinar. Sten Schaumburg-Müller will share insights from his research and publications on teaching and academic freedom in Danish universities and José Maria Lorenzo Villaverde will share reflections on other European perspectives and experiences to help us contextualise and better assess teaching freedom in Denmark. The webinar includes time for questions and group discussions.

Sten Schaumburg-Müller – Professor, dr.jur. Law in Society, Department of Law, SDU 

José Maria Lorenzo Villaverde – Accredited Prof. Cont. Dr. – ACSUG (Spain)  
Assistant Prof. Department of Law, SDU. Abogado (Member Bar of Lawyers – Madrid) 


Former Events

Intercultural Dynamics Workshop

The webinar is open to all

Date: January 27, 2023, 10.00 - 14.00

Venue: University of Copenhagen, South Campus, room 22.0.49, Emil Holms Kanal 2, DK-2300 Copenhagen S. Link Arrow See map 

Fee: Free and open to all

Registration deadline: January 20, 2023


The workshop is co-designed by the Link Arrow Bias Aware Teaching and Learning, BATL and the Link Arrow Teaching and Learning in the International Classroom, TLIC Special Interest Groups hosted by the Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education, DUN.

This free workshop is hosted by Link Arrow CIP at the University of Copenhagen and is open to all interested in supporting intercultural teaching and learning in higher education institutions. The workshop will be in English.


During this open workshop, we shall experiment with different tools and resources designed to support intercultural dynamics in teaching and learning communities at universities. In this context, intercultural refers to any diversity of cultural backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and expectations through which a class interrelates, and dynamics refers to the professional interaction between teachers or instructors and students. 


We know teaching and learning work best when communication between the students and the teacher is clear and reciprocal. Whilst all within a learning community can contribute to making communication accessible and inclusive, we tend to look to the teacher to steer the way. But even when the teacher is equipped with an array of pedagogical tools and skills, navigating intercultural dynamics in a learning community is challenging.

In some learning communities, the teacher and students embrace cultural diversity and its contribution to the rich tapestry of intercultural learning. Whilst in other learning situations, the intercultural dynamics are more challenging. The reasons for the challenges may not be obvious but the interactions are charged with miscommunication, and differences in perceptions and expectations.

This workshop is designed to provide participants with opportunities to try out different pedagogic techniques which can support intercultural dynamics and to share their own intercultural experiences and practices.

Workshop design

The workshop is divided into two parts, with lunch and time for networking in between.
Part A engages with pedagogic techniques designed to nurture intercultural learning and interaction.
Part B focuses on managing challenges within intercultural settings.
Parts A and B are interactive and include input on pedagogical techniques and opportunities to share intercultural experiences and practices.

The workshop concludes with a review of our take aways and a discussion about the next workshop in the SIGs’ series Teachers’ and students’ experiences of equity and inclusive education at Danish Higher Education Institutions.

More information

DUN SIG members can access workshop resources and agendas from the MS Team for the relevant DUN SIG.  

If you are interested in joining one of the SIGs, you can read more about the Link Arrow BATL SIG and the Link Arrow TLIC SIG and Link Arrow here’s the link for applying to join a DUN SIG.


Webinar: International teachers' teaching experiences in Danish HEIs

The webinar is open to all

Date: September 23, 2022, 13.30 - 15.00

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams. You will receive the Teams link after registering.

Fee: Free

This open webinar, organised by the Link Arrow TLIC and the Link Arrow BATL DUN SIGs provides a platform to share international teacher experiences and dilemmas when starting out as teachers in Danish Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and to share HEIs’ current and planned onboarding practices for new international teachers. Through this facilitated information and experience sharing, we will develop our awareness of challenges and opportunities when supporting new international teachers at our HEIs.

The webinar will be supported with an online space, e.g., a Padlet or Teams space where resources can be uploaded and easily accessible. The webinar includes time to identify the focus for the next event addressing the theme international teachers’ experiences at Danish HEIs, possibly to be held as a face-to-face workshop later in the autumn semester. 

TLIC and BATL SIG members are invited to a joint SIG meeting in the same Teams meeting room from 13.00-13.30

”That’s so gay” - Addressing excluding behaviour and bigotry: Replace inaction with inclusive and effective approaches – 60 min webinar

February 23, 2022 - 13.00-14.00

Venue: Online webinar via Zoom, link available when you register

This workshop was first offered at the Link Arrow Dansk Universitetspædagogisk Netværk Conference, October 7, 2021. The workshop was designed by Donna Hurford, SDU; Stacey Cozart, AU; Peter Bjelskou, SDU; Valeria Borsotti, KU.

The webinar is available to all who work in HEIs. This webinar’s rationale is to help teachers achieve inclusive, unbiased learning environments, through an interconnected treatment of:

  1. Creating inclusive and effective learning environments not derailed by incivility or excluding behavior
  2. Ensuring student well-being by a prompt handling of hateful, or otherwise problematic, utterances whether they occur online or in person
  3. Helping teachers to not experience paralysis of inaction or delayed response in dealing with incivility
  4. Recognizing the importance to tackle prejudiced language and behaviors

Content and Structure
We shall start by discussing a selection of online and in person teaching and learning vignettes, participants will be invited to start identifying factors which may contribute to inclusive behaviour, incivility, excluding behaviour and/or bigotry.

This will be followed by a short review of international studies, identifying factors contributing to inclusive learning environments (Hockings, 2010) and a suite of reflective practice approaches (Schön, 1983) designed to pre-empt and mitigate incivility and excluding behavior (Toker et al., 2021; Clark et al., 2012; Galbraith and Jones, 2010)

Pre-emptive and mitigative actions
Drawing on your own experiences, the original vignettes, and a reflective practice scaffold, participant groups will evaluate and develop in-action and on-action approaches designed to pre-empt and mitigate incivility, excluding behavior and bigotry.

Ways forward
Participants are invited to share their take-aways from the workshop and their recommendations for further development of pre-emptive and mitigative actions.

Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants will have opportunities to reflect on:

  • Ways to promote inclusive teaching and learning environments
  • Our roles and responsibilities when confronted with incivility and excluding behaviors
  • Actions for pre-empting and mitigating incivility and excluding behaviors

Clark, Cynthia M., Ahten, Sara., & Werth, Loredana., (2012) ‘Cyber-Bullying and Incivility in an Online Learning Environment, Part 2 Promoting Student Success in the Virtual Classroom.’ Nurse Educator 37(5), pp. 192-197.
Galbraith, Michael W. & Jones, Melanie S., (2010) ‘Understanding Incivility in Online Teaching.’ Journal of Adult Education 39(2), pp. 1-10
Hockings, Christine. (2010). ‘Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education: a synthesis of research’. Available from 
Link Arrow https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/inclusive-learning-and-teaching-higher-education-synthesis-research
Schön, Donald A. (1983) The Reflective Practitioner. How Professionals Think in Action. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
Toker, Sacip. & Baturay, Meltem Huri. (2021) ‘Factors affecting cyberloafing in computer laboratory teaching settings’ International Journal of Educational Technology in HE 18(20) Link Arrow https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-021-00250-5 link

Brown Bag lunch meeting

The meeting is free and open to all

: April 22, 2021, 12.00-13.00

Venue: Zoom via this Link Arrow link 

Registration is not required

The BATL SIG held its first Brown Bag lunch-time meeting in March 2021, where we shared our experiences of inclusive and bias-aware teaching and learning. The opportunity to meet and share experiences was welcomed and we all agreed we would continue with these informal and supportive lunch-time meetings.

You are most welcome to join our next Brown Bag where we shall continue sharing and collating experiences of inclusive and bias-aware teaching and learning. We shall also begin discussing what we could share at the DUN Conference in October. All are welcome to join us, bring your lunch and join our friendly and inclusive discussion.

Open workshop: Implicit Bias in Oral Assessment: The Case of Roskilde University

The meeting is open to all

Date: November 7, 2019, 10.00-14.30

Venue: Roskilde University, Universitetsvej 1, 4000 Roskilde

Registration: Email Link Arrow Donna Hurford 

The BATL SIG is delighted to invite you to a workshop on Bias and Assessment at Roskilde University. 

The workshop will include a presentation by Link Arrow Ditte Marie Munch-Jurisic and Link Arrow Eva Mayerhöffer  on their research findings from the project outlined below, followed by a workshop on assessment and bias. 
There will be time for some additional items and you are welcome to email your suggestions toLink Arrow Donna Hurford

The final program will be circulated later in October.

The workshop will be conducted in English. 

Presentation of the project
In the project, we look into the special case of oral group examinations of project work at Roskilde University and ask how implicit bias come into play in these oral assessments and what measures can be taken, at institutional as well as individual level, to mitigate such biases. We combine a literature review on implicit bias that maps out the different types of biases potentially at stake in oral assessment with autoethnography and informal focus groups with RUC teaching staff. Based on our empirical findings, we present and discuss six vignettes that illustrate a number of critical dimensions of oral assessment that require attention in order to mitigate potential implicit bias.

The research was done as part of our final report for the CUTL-certificate, The Certificate of University Teaching and Learning. At the same time, Ditte is researching implicit biases and dissemination more generally as part of her Carlsberg postdoctoral project: Link Arrow “Implicit bias: Don’t trust your gut feeling”.

SIG-meeting at DUN Conference 2019

The meeting is open to all.

May 28, 2019, 14.50-15.35

Venue: Radisson Blu H. C. Andersen Hotel, Claus Bergs Gade 7, 5000 Odense C

Come and hear about the BATL SIG and how it can be relevant for you and your courses and departments. Bias, both conscious and unconscious, can lead to discrimination and reduction in novelty, both of which contravene the principles of higher education. BATL’s focus is on how to address bias at universities, particularly in teaching, learning and assessment but also more widely in recruitment and promotion. At DUNK we shall share BATL members’ current ideas on ways to keep the SIG active and purposeful, and we shall welcome further ideas from you all. Looking forward to meeting you.

Read more about the Conference

Read more about BATL 

First Face to Face Meeting - Bias Aware Teaching and Learning, BATL

The meeting is open to all.

 April 1, 2019, 12.00-15.00

Venue: IT University of Copenhagen, Room 2A08, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S
The closest Metro stop is DR Byen

Registration Deadline: March 26, 2019

Registration: Email Donna Hurford Link Arrow dhu@sdu.dk and please write if you have any dietary needs.

This is a new DUN SIG, and we welcome interest from all working in Higher Education who share an interest in how to raise awareness of bias and address its impact on teaching, learning and assessment.

To keep the SIG as inclusive as possible, we are welcoming interest from colleagues in Denmark and Sweden. My proposal is that we use English as our lingua franca, however, let’s discuss this at our first meeting.

Please review the agenda and let me know if you would like to lead or co-lead any of the sessions. And, come prepared to share a 2 minute introduction about yourself, as noted in the agenda.

Meeting Host: Valeria Borsotti, Special Advisor - Diversity & Inclusion, T: (45) 7218 5294, Link Arrow vbor@itu.dk

(Timings will be adjusted, depending on how many of us attend the meeting)

12.00-12.30 Welcome, informal getting to know each orther over a sandwich lunch, tea and coffee.


Please come prepared to share a two minute introduction to you and your role in Higher Education and your interest in BATL.


Please review the current description of the Link Arrow BATL SIG, which includes purpose and objectives.
During this session, we shall discuss the current purpose and objectives of the SIG and decide on any editing. 

13.45-14.00 Break

14.00-14.45 Activity which invites us to focus on what do we want to achieve, learn, research, collaborate on, disseminate…  through the SIG in 2019 and maybe a more long-term perspective.

14.45-15.00 Next meeting
Are BATL SIG members planning to attend the Link Arrow DUN Conference? If so, we could host a meeting there.

Read more about BATL

New SIG - opening meeting on Skype for Business

The meeting is open to all.

Date: November 28, 2018, 12.00-13.00

Venue: Skype for Business 

Registration:  Donna Hurford Link Arrow dhu@sdu.dk - you will be sent the link to join the Skype Meeting 

Welcome to Bias Aware Teaching and Learning, BATL, a new DUN SIG.

The first meeting will be by in Skype for Business. We are interested in recruiting individual members and in connecting with other DUN SIGs. If you are interested in attending the launch meeting and/or joining the SIG, email Donna Hurford Link Arrow dhu@sdu.dk and you will be sent the link to join the Skype Meeting.

All the best, 
Donna Hurford, SDU, and Emma Hammarlund, SDU, (BATL SIG Coordinators)

   Read more about BATL

Discover your own teaching biases and ways to address them - half-day course

Date: March 8, 2017, 13.00-16.00
Venue: University of Southern Denmark, Campus Odense

Info and registration 

There are places available on this half-day course. We all have biases. During this course we'll look into how they may influence our teaching, students' learning and assessment processes and most importantly, how we can limit their impact  by drawing on strategies from our and other universities' practices  and Link Arrow Inclusion Nudges .

Workshop teachers: Emma Hammarlund and Donna Hurford, University of Southern Denmark

The one-day workshop Stereotyping in science – from knowledge to action

The Festa group (Female empowerment in Science and Technology Academia) organize an exciting program with focus on actions to respect and utilize diversity within academia.

Date: 25th of August 2016

Further information will follow.

Eileen Trauth from Penn State will talk about Gender barriers in the Academy: Research-informed interventions

Date: 26th of October 2015, at 11.15-13.00

Link Arrow BMB seminar room , Southern University of Denmark, Campus Odense, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

Registration: Send an email to Liv Baisner Link Arrow baisner@sdu.dk

Eileen Trauth also holds an open pedagogical course on ’Gender aware teaching, learning and assessment’.  

Perhaps something for you or teachers-to-be at your department.

Date: 29th of October 2015, at 9.00-13.00

Link Arrow Meeting room Comenius , Southern University of Denmark, Campus Odense, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

Deadline: 20th of October 2015

Link Arrow Information and registration