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About UPL

The Centre for Educational Development (UPL) contributes to a good culture of learning and teaching at Umeå university. We contribute by offering professional pedagogical support to teachers, departments, units and faculties.

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Our mission statement

UPL shall actively contribute to the development of teaching and learning in higher education at Umeå university

UPL shall support Umeå university's teachers in developing their teaching and pedagogical professionalism

UPL shall take part in the development of, and support for, new learning environments in higher education

Vision

Our vision is to support, pursue and inspire professional and strategic pedagogical development of higher education based on science and proven experiences.

Goals

Our goal is to have an organisation that:

  • actively contributes to vibrant and open pedagogical discussions at the university
  • supports Umeå university's teachers in developing their teaching and pedagogical professionalism
  • takes part in the development of, and support for, new learning environments in higher education
  • can meet the needs that the university has in regards to support and development of e-learning environments
  • has flexible working methods in cooperation with other actors within the research and education field

History

To offer professional support for teachers is something Umeå university has prioritised for more than 30 years. From a few enthusiasts that wanted to support their colleagues in their thoughts about teaching and learning to the start of the Educational Developement Centre (UPC) in the end of the 1990's. UPC became a unit with staff and a pedagogical mission stated by the Vice-Chancellor.

We are a unit that is organised under the University library since 2013. In 2013 we were renamed Centre for Educational Development (UPL). At that time we were given more responsibilities regarding support for teachers in the use of digital learning environments as well as supporting the flexible teaching environments taking form across the campus.

Contact information

Centre for Educational Development (UPL)
Johan Bures väg 16
901 87 Umeå

Visiting Address:
The Natural Science Building, 2nd floor (main floor), section NB

Telephone:
+46(0)90-786 57 66