Writing centres to enhance learning and instruction in Swiss teacher education

Webinars 2011

Webinar by Gisela Bürki, PHBE; Gerd Bräuer, PH Freiburg

Writing centres have been spreading throughout the world in higher education in the past 50 years. There are now writing center associations in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In the Swiss system of higher education over a period of only a few years, writing centres were established in Zurich, Zug, Aarau and Bern.

A most recent discussion under the roof of Forum “Schreiben”, an association of academic writing experts in Switzerland and abroad, indicated that there may be more writing centers to come in the near future. What makes writing centres so attractive for higher education? Are writing centres in Switzerland different from those in other places of the world? What institutional model(s) are being used?

Since most writing centres in Switzerland were established in teacher education, this webinar will provide some insights in the establishment of the writing centre at the University of Education in Bern.

Gisela Bürki, initiator of the writing center in Bern, and Gerd Bräuer who facilitated the college steering group, will share “lessons learned” with those who are interested in further developing writing support in higher education in Switzerland and abroad.