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TAL Conference 2017

Welcome to the website of TAL2017
The overall focus of the conference is active teaching and learning which has been chosen as the underlying principle of education at SDU. This conference is designed to help practitioners inspire each other, disseminate knowledge and share experiences on how to facilitate students’ active participation and learning in accordance with the underlying principles of education at SDU.

Time and place: Tuesday November 7, 2017 from 9:00-16:00 at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense).



Conference proceedings

Book of abstracts (link)  including 

  • Detailed programme, subject to minor changes
  • Short communications abstracts
  • Poster abstracts
  • Workshops abstracts
  • Master class by/ keynote Dr. Tony Bates 

Dr. Tony Bates: Recordings of  keynote speeches:

Dr. Tony Bates:  ppt-presentations: 

Posters and slides from the conference  (link)

The target group of the conference is primarily staff at SDU and University colleges in the Region of Southern Denmark. The conference is, however, open to all interested colleagues, and we welcome abstracts and registrations from staff at other national and international universities and educational institutions

The aims of the conference are to give the participants the opportunity 

  • to share, document, demonstrate, substantiate, and analyse their own examples of active teaching and learning
  • to be inspired to further refine their own current practice or to develop new practices within active teaching and active learning

Conference theme:

This year the conference has a special focus on Blended Learning, by many considered "the new normal" within university teaching (Owston, R. (2013).

 The reasons are, among others, that:

  • Students enrolled in blended classes on the whole achieve higher than their counterparts in fully online or face-2-face courses.
  • Student satisfaction also tends to be higher in blended courses when compared to traditional lecture courses.
  • Institutions are able to increase their enrolments – and income – without the need for new construction because classroom space can be better utilized.

Conference purpose: 

In the light of these positive experiences and an increased focus on the fact that good teaching should endeavor to combine the very best from online and face-2-face courses, the purpose of the conference is

  • to clarify the concept of blended learning, and why and how this teaching method is gaining ground,
  • to disseminate knowledge on different types of blended learning and guidelines for design,
  • to provide insight into the opportunities and possible limitations implied by the method,
  • to discuss the institutional challenges related to the implementation of blended learning, and how to overcome these challenges.

TAL2017 welcomes all teachers, educational developers, researchers, librarians and students to contribute practical examples, experiences and research on Blended Learning. The presentations in parallel sessions will primarily focus on five tracks:

Main theme - Active Teaching and Learning

  • Examples of active teaching and learning.

Special focus – Blended Learning

  • The design of blended learning – Models for the design of blended learning, planning of online and face-2-face activities, selection of  e-learning platforms and tools.
  • Flipped learning – Examples of and experience with flipped learning, focusing on learning activities before, during and after face-2-face teaching. 
  • New teacher and student roles / new learning cultures: How does the introduction of blended learning affect the roles of the teachers and the students? How do you prepare teachers for their new role? How do you engage and motivate the students to participate actively, online and face-2-face? 
  • Institutional strategies - Institutional implementation of blended learning - What are the challenges and how should we meet them?

Format and language: The conference comprises:

  • Keynote lectures  by Dr. Tony Bates, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G.Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto.
  • Parallel sessions with short communications, posters and workshops covering the special focus. 
  • NEW! Master class for conference participants - offered by Dr. Tony Bates  - requires pre-registration: This session from 10:45-12:15 is for teachers, heads of studies, educational developers and others who are currently developing blended learning and who have registered for the conference. During the session you can pose questions to Tony Bates on the issues involved in the development of blended learning and discuss challenges and opportunities with session participants.

Colleagues are invited to share their own experiences of "teaching for active learning" during the parallel sessions.

Keynote speakers and plenary debates will be in English. There will be parallel sessions in both English and Danish.

  • In the short communication sessions each presenter will have 10 minutes to share an experience and reflections, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
  • Poster presentations will be in series of 4 posters with 5 minutes' individual presentations followed by a 20-25-minute joint discussion of the 4 posters.
  • The duration of the workshops  will  be 45 minutes.

Conference proceedings: Speakers will subsequently have the possibility of having their contributions included in the conference proceedings.

Programme committee:
The Centre for Teaching and Learning at SDU. If you have questions regarding the contents of the conference please contact:

For questions of a practical nature please contact Anne Grete Petersen,


Bates, A. W. (2015). Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning. BCcampus.

Dziuban, C., Hartman, J., Cavanagh, T. B., & Moskal, P. D. (2011). Blended courses as drivers of institutional transformation. I: Kitchenham, A. (Ed.) (2011). Blended learning across disciplines: Models for implementation. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 17-37.

Martinez-Caro, E., & Campuzano-Bolarin, F. (2011). Factors affecting students' satisfaction in engineering disciplines: Traditional vs. blended approaches. European Journal of Engineering Education, 36(5), 473–483.

Means, B., Toyama, Y., Murphy, R., Bakia, M., & Jones, K. (2010). Evaluation of evidence-based practices in online learning: A meta-analysis and review of online learning studies. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education. 

Owston, R. (2013). Blended learning policy and implementation: Introduction to the special issue.The Internet and Higher Education, 18, 1-3.)




Teaching for Active Learning - TAL2016

Proceedings and other resources from the TAL conference held at SDU 1 November 2016

Further information