Networks and nodes
The forms for discussion regarding teaching and learning at the University are not as clear and established as those regarding research. The forums for pedagogic and didactic discourse vary between the different academic subjects, and a significant amount of peer-to-peer exchange takes place in informal fashion.
There are at the same time a number of nodes and networks which bind teachers from the different scientific areas together, and which provide such support as pedagogic training, inspiration and support for course development. Perhaps most importantly these provide meeting spaces for Uppsala University´s teachers. In combination these nodes and networks form an important quality factor in regards to the development of teaching and learning at the University. Some of these are University-wide, while other focus on a particular faculty or scientific domain.
The Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning
The Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning is a part of the Division for Quality Enhancement, and is centrally located in Campus Blåsenhus. The unit is responsible for facilitating the basic training courses for academic teachers, available both in Swedish and in English and which engage up to 200 participants every term. In addition, the unit arranges a broad array of specialized courses, for example on supervising students and PhD students, on specific pedagogic methods such as the Case method, student-activating teaching and more.
Besides providing specific courses the unit carries out a large number of consultative visits, specifically-arranged activities and tailor-made courses at the University´s faculties and departments. In addition the unit supervises the University´s annual Distinguished Teaching Award as well as an academic teaching and learning conference for UU staff every other year.
There are roughly twenty educational developers employed at the unit, a majority as full-time staff, and all are or have been active as teachers and researchers in various subjects and departments.
The Office for User Support and e-learning
The Office of User Support and e-Learning at the IT-Division provides all university students and staff with support regarding IT and telecom-related issues. The Office is the caretaker of learning and research management systems as well as for the central service helpdesk, telephone services, client management, AV-technique and training and support for the University´s intranet and web publication tool.
The Office oversees the technical content and development of the University´s experimental classroom. Educational developers employed by the Office focus on developing the use of ITC in teaching and learning environments, arrange training courses and seminars within the field of e-learning. The Office is also responsible for supporting users of the University´s primary learning management systems, such as "the Student Portal" and the online meeting tool Adobe Connect.
MedFarmDoIT is a unit financed by the disciplinary domain of medicin and pharmacy. The unit assists teachers and researchers in producing film material for teaching, online course evaluations and for other educational purposes.
Teachers can produce their own recordings and upload video clips via MedFarmPlay.
TUR –the disciplinary domain of science and technology´s own academic teaching and learning council, provides support and guidance for educational development within the faculty. TUR strives to enable student, teacher and educational developer co-operation, based on a reflective and scientifically-based practice. Increased knowledge on academic and subject-didactic teaching is a cornerstone of well-grounded policy development. All aspects are applicable for revision and renewal of teaching and assessment, courses and programs.
The pedagogic council, PRåM, will act as an educational advisory body for undergraduate and graduate teaching; and also support in regards to pedagogic and subject didactic matters.
The council aims to have an overview of highly functioning pedagogic activities within the disciplinary domain; and to act as a conduit for good pedagogical ideas. The council’s mission also encompasses to initiate domain level development projects and strive for pedagogical innovation that is evidenced based.
The supervisor network welcomes researchers that supervise PhD students within the PhD studies program. It provides a forum to discuss a variety of aspects and themes related to PhD supervision and the program itself, peer support, exchange of experiences and more. The network currently includes around 150 members.
The Collegium of Mentors was established in 1994 and currently includes over 150 experienced teachers who have undergone dedicated training in academic teaching. A teaching mentor is an experienced teacher who has supervisory discussions with a less experienced teacher. The mentors supervise teachers participating in the basic academic teaching and learning training course.
The network for pedagogic leaders gathers Deans of Studies and other pedagogic leaders responsible for undergraduate-, graduate or PhD-level education. The aim of the network is to establish a forum where the members can discuss the various aspects and themes related to pedagogic leadership, provide peer support and to assist each individual in evolving in their leadership role via exchanges of experiences.