SEDIFO - Enhancement of teaching
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SEDIFO organises important initiatives to enhance teaching at SUPSI such as Training Day and teaching awards.
SEDIFO, in collaboration with the Direction of undergraduate and graduate studies, organises every two years a day of updating and sharing on training and didactic innovation in the university environment. The Training Day constitutes a privileged moment of encounter between the various figures involved in SUPSI basic training and has, among other objectives, that of stimulating reflection on topics of particular interest and topicality in the field of university didactics and that of highlighting good teaching-learning practices implemented by SUPSI lecturers.
The themes proposed in recent editions include the participation of male and female students, the perspectives and challenges of university vocational training, the development of skills, different forms of assessment and the development of learning situations in physical and digital environments.
The SUPSI Training Day was held on 12 September 2023 at the Mendrisio Campus and was entitled: "Our students: protagonists of education, citizens and professionals of tomorrow".
The day's activities led us to learn more about our students and the realities in which they live and study, taking an in-depth look at their generation, going beyond territorial boundaries and questioning the perceptions we have of them.
For the two-year period 2023-2024, SUPSI is proposing two didactic awards, the SUPSI Didactic Innovation Award and the SUPSI Technology and Education Award.
SUPSI Teaching Innovation Award
The SUPSI Teaching Innovation Award aims to acknowledge the daily commitment of SUPSI teachers to the growth and educational success of students, through the continuous improvement and renewal of teaching and learning practices. Funded also for the two-year period 2023-2024 by the Credit Suisse Foundation, this award represents a privileged opportunity to share experiences, explore heterogeneous pedagogical approaches and collectively contribute to the development of innovative and effective teaching. The main objective is to:
- recognise and enhance the commitment of SUPSI teachers in basic and continuing training; and
- promote the continuous evolution and improvement of teaching practices within the Institution, so that every student can benefit from a stimulating, inclusive and quality learning environment.
For the 2023-2024 edition, the competition provides for a prize of CHF 20,000 which will be awarded to one or more projects focusing on one of the following themes:
- Inter- or transdisciplinary collaborations in education. This theme aims to promote and recognise teaching devices and experiences that help to develop or consolidate inter- and/or transdisciplinarity in education. In particular, it encourages initiatives that stimulate collaboration between students, teachers, researchers and stakeholders from various disciplinary fields and that involve different and complementary skills and perspectives, in order to foster the development of original and shared solutions to the complex challenges of our society.
- Learning environments for professional and personal growth. This theme intends to encourage and recognise educational devices that foster educational success through strategies and resources that promote active participation, the valorisation of differences, accessibility and inclusion of all male and female students. In particular, a holistic approach to teaching is encouraged that considers pedagogical, social, cultural and emotional aspects of learning with the aim of creating an environment in which each person feels valued and supported.
Download the announcement of competition and the rules of procedure for more information on the conditions of participation and the stages and timing of the award.
SUPSI Technology and Education Award
The SUPSI Technology and Education Award aims to recognise teachers who propose sequences of activities, in both physical and digital learning environments, in which technology plays a fundamental role in the educational success and well-being of students. In particular, it encourages teaching courses in which the use of technology helps to promote, in addition to the achievement of learning objectives, flexibility in training and the reconciliation of professional and personal life. The main objective of the award is to promote a didactically appropriate use of technology and to reward teachers who not only adopt innovative tools, but also critically evaluate their effectiveness, show flexibility in their approach and consider the long-term sustainability of the solutions adopted.
The SUPSI Directorate of Basic Education will award this prize on a single occasion, in September 2025, as part of the SUPSI Education Day, to honour the memory of Riccardo Mazza, a lecturer-researcher active at SUPSI from 1999 to 2022, and his passion and dedication for the use of technology for the educational success and well-being of students.
Download the announcement of competition and the internal regulations for more information on the conditions of participation and the stages and timing of the award.
Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching, 2021-2022 edition
The Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching, financed by the Credit Suisse Foundation, rewards particularly deserving teaching methods developed by lecturers in basic and continuing education at SUP, universities and Swiss universities of teacher education. SUPSI has awarded this prize every two years since 2011 on the basis of calls for entries proposing transversal themes for the departments and schools affiliated, different each time, relating to the teaching and learning process and to didactic innovation.
These are the two themes proposed for the two-year period 2021-2022:
- What distance learning?
- How to promote success in education?
Of the sixteen projects submitted to the evaluation committee, five reached the final stage. The three teaching groups that particularly stood out for their didactic offerings were:
1st prize - Virtual reality as a teaching tool in an experimental course in Interior Architecture, by Matteo Vegetti, Marco Lurati and Matteo Moriani.
This project presents a course in philosophy applied to virtual space. The experimentation stood out for its innovative approach aimed at fostering the understanding and transfer of space theory concepts through the use of virtual reality. This is a very interesting attempt to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and practical application, directly addressing one of the most persistent challenges in basic education. Also noteworthy is the interdisciplinary nature of the project, involving the expertise of a philosopher, an interaction designer and an architect.
The committee was particularly impressed by the working group's reflection on the skills implicitly developed in the course: not only technical and specific skills, but also collaborative and multidisciplinary ones. Indeed, the project stimulated collaboration not only between lecturers from different disciplines, but also between students from different years of the course, who were able to learn in groups and evaluate each other.
2nd prize - Putting knowledge into situation to train for the profession, by Francesco Micheloni and Elisa Bassani.
The project, carried out with first-year students on the Physiotherapy degree course, stood out for its use of specially produced teaching videos that help make theoretical concepts such as muscle activations and cerebral haemodynamics concrete and accessible. The videos show students what really happens during a movement, promoting their understanding and ability to analyse.
The tool of the videos, which has not been used before in this teaching area, not only introduces a practical element into a predominantly theoretical course, but also creates a direct bridge between the study material and the relevant profession from the very first year, in full coherence with the competence-based approach.
3rd prize - School-based Ergotherapy Internship Project, by Benedetta Ramani Croci, Stefania Moioli and Selene Gervasoni.
The project is an innovative example of service learning within the Ergotherapy degree course, which aims to provide students with the necessary skills to deal independently with professional situations. The students carry out an internship period within compulsory school classes, planning and implementing materials and activities to support the development of skills such as fine motor skills and graphomotricity.
This approach directly involves local primary schools and is a good example of how university education can have a concrete and positive impact on the local community. A further merit of the project is the encouragement of reflective practice, also promoted by the use of the Mahara platform.
For more information, read the news item 'Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2021-2022: the winning projects', and see the respective dossiers in the 'Useful Documents' section on this page.