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Interested in Innovative Pedagogies? CIVIS has launched a series of workshops dedicated to academics coming from all fields of expertise. The main aim of these events is to share expertise in higher education teaching and learning and stimulate pedagogical innovation at the grassroots. The workshops are based on an extensive previous screening and analysis of trends and experiences in the eight universities of our alliance. In a nutshell, challenging topics, high-level specialists, tested ideas and transformative approaches!  Read more and register now to secure a seat!
See the upcoming workshops below

Approaches to student supervision

6 March 2024

Supervision of students’ projects is an important and often enjoyable aspect of academic practice. Research has highlighted how supervisors’ approaches are informed by their understanding and experience of research supervision as well as the circumstances in which it takes place (Lee, 2008, 2018). This workshop provides an opportunity to evaluate and reflect on supervision practices and develop an understanding of approaches to supervision. Taking a practical case study approach, we will explore supervision at undergraduate, taught postgraduate, and PhD levels, and share experiences of supervision with colleagues.

For further information registration, please visit the workshop's webpage.

Integrating sustainability in teaching at university: a multilevel approach

29 March 2024

The sustainability challenge requires to foster socio-ecological transitions in our societies, at all levels. Universities are not only part of societies, they are a catalysing actor which enables and accelerates transformations of our societies by teaching next generations of citizens and professionals, and supporting research. Sustainability teaching is therefore key to enable students to become agents of transformation, being and feeling empowered. This implies to reflect on question of sustainability related knowledge but also skills: what should a graduate student know, know-how to do, know-how to be to be able to contribute? We will strive to cover aspects from content to pedagogy, and from the course and the teacher level to the whole institution level regarding how to integrate sustainability in teaching.

For further information registration, please visit the workshop's webpage.

Pedagogies of Discomfort: Thinking with emotions

10 April 2024

Pedagogies of discomfort refer to the process of self-examination that is needed for teachers and students to critically engage with their ideological traditions and create understandings that lead to new ways of being and acting. Within this process, emotions are a powerful tool to question preconceived beliefs, and facilitate debate and reflection amongst teachers and students.

The aim of this workshop is to outline the four basic elements that could help educators practice the pedagogy of discomfort:

  • spectating versus witnessing, understanding and exploring emotions,
  • avoiding the binary innocence-guilt,
  • learning to inhabit ambiguous selves.

For further information and registration, please visit the workshop's webpage.

Teaching in English to non native speakers : recent research and best practices

23 April 2024

This workshop will present recent research around teaching and learning in EMI (English as Medium of Instruction) contexts and will invite participants to apply this to their own teaching contexts and to share their experiences with colleagues from other universities.  It will explore the realities, up and downs, of teaching in English. We will also look at the L2 learner from a scientific, pedagogical perspective and explore techniques for encouraging student interaction and increasing participation in a low-stress way.  

For further information registration, please visit the workshop's webpage.

Connecting students (and faculty) and fostering a sense of belonging

29 April 2024

A sense of relatedness and belonging to the CIVIS community is important for joint learning pathways, engagement, and collaboration between students and faculty. However, creating a culture of mutual trust, a supportive community, and meaningful opportunities for social interactions among peers and between students and faculty is a challenging task, especially when we consider the wide variety of different learning experiences, study-, language-, and cultural backgrounds.

Based on the findings and outputs of recent projects (eBELONG, PLUSTRACK, BELONG), the aim of this workshop is to outline important aspects, tools and methods that can be used to promote the building of a CIVIS community - not only during any face-to-face phases and the online courses, but especially in between, before and after, in order to best implement a collaborative, inclusive and safe learning environment during the courses. We will focus on vulnerable groups and demanding conditions in this particular teaching and learning context.

For further information and registration, please visit the workshop webpage.

Unpacking Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) through theory and practice

14 May 2024

What impact does COIL have on students and tutors? How could it be implemented in our learning and teaching? This session delves into the transformative potential of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), in the context of heightened internationalisation in Higher Education.

We will unpack what COIL is and we will reflect on the impact that a potential COIL model, based on the SUNY COIL Centre model and on mutual enrichment, active participation, cooperative teaching, and topics of common interest had on the positive learning experience of Higher Education students.

We will also consider how students might develop intercultural competencies in an alternative way.

For further information and registration, please visit the workshop's webpage.