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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

About “Brain (good) uses for learning efficiently”

5 May 2022

Neuroscience has developed a deeper insight in understanding the mechanisms of human brain functioning, and in particular, synaptic plasticity, thanks to technology (such as nuclear magnetic resonance and confocal microscopes). The better knowledge of our different memory types in cognitive science, its recent results in testing different learning methods, in describing learner profiles and corresponding learning strategies, as well as stereotype threads (in addition to other stresses) and their potential consequences on test performances will be presented and discussed with the attendees through an interactive presentation.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Developing a pedagogic toolbox for CLIL/EMI; teaching and learning in an additional language

9, 16 & 23 May 2022

The overall course is divided into three separate workshops to be delivered over the course of several weeks. These form a coherent sequence, but participants could also simply join those in which they are interested. The first two workshops are comprised of two parts and the final workshop is an interactive session, drawing together theory and practice. Each module will involve a number of supplementary follow-up tasks: reading, reflective activities, feedback and commentary.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Using a game-based pedagogical framework to promote playful learning (GB- playfull)

13 May 2022

Game-based learning is an authentic way for meeting multiple learning outcomes at all educational levels, since, irrespective of their age, students are intrinsically and extrinsically motivated to play games. Game-Based Pedagogies can hardly be defined at a single epistemological level. Behaviorist, cognitivist, and socio-constructivist elements, or their combinations can be used for the design of a game, a game activity, or a general model of game-based learning. However, at an overarching level game-based pedagogies are those that promote playful learning, or otherwise learning that comes as a result of experiences that are enjoyable and worthwhile for their own sake.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Visual thinking and art strategies for the promotion of culture of peace and conflict management

24, 25, 26 & 31 May 2022, 1 & 2 June 2022

This course offers a wide range of tools for learning about the culture of peace and conflict resolution through the critical analysis of images and the use of art for peacebuilding. It targets the academic community: students, professors and researchers who are willing to incorporate the culture of peace approach in their programmes. It aims to promote the development of capacities for peace, using art and some visual thinking strategies.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Innovative pedagogies: from structure to process

20 & 21 June 2022

The workshop will focus on new developments in learning design and how these could be used in organizing learning experiences in Higher Education. We will focus on ways to innovate designing and leading learning experiences for students as an adult and (more) autonomous learners.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Pedagogy as a way of creating care relationships in education: inclusive pathways through digital learning experiences and art classes

10, 17 & 24 June 2022 and 1, 8, 15 & 22 July 2022

This is a webinar series based on 7 webinars designed to showcase some pedagogical approaches for an inclusive pedagogy toward students with special needs, with an emphasis on approaches adopting the Trialogical Learning Approach, an IP-based b) Methodology-based pedagogical innovation c) Skill-based pedagogical innovation. The webinars will be held in different languages, but all teachers will provide feedback in English. All teachers will also provide students with summaries in English of the contents they will talk about. If requested, some webinars would be offered in both languages.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Innovative pedagogies: new pathways to university teaching

23 June 2022 & 4 July 2022

The workshop aims at offering lecturers a short introduction to innovative pedagogies. Academics from different disciplines who practice a kind of innovative pedagogy in their teaching will bei invited to present and discuss their examples (4 examples from the CIVIS universities involved per workshop). The participants will have the opportunity to discuss on the transfer of innovative pedagogy models into other teaching contexts and on the development of teaching concepts in general. Further interesting aspects may be different cultures of teaching and learning and the interdisciplinary perspective.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback

This workshop has already taken place.

26 - 27 January 2021

Effective feedback is a powerful tool that has benefits for both the giver and the receiver that can also help in professionalizing the teaching in higher education. This workshop aims at offering lecturers and teachers the opportunity to discuss existing resources to provide evidence- based tips on how to give good feedback and to practice with tools and methodologies.

This workshop will be part of the Teaching Innovation Week held on 26,27 and 28 January at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Innovative Learning Design in Higher Education: theory into practice

This workshop has already taken place.

5 March 2021

The workshop will focus on new developments in learning design and how these could be used in organizing learning experiences in higher education. We will focus on ways to innovate designing and leading learning experiences for students as adult and (more) autonomous learners.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage

How to foster social cohesion and inclusive education? Indications for the use of Index for Inclusion

This workshop has already taken place.

8 March 2021

The workshop is aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the very meaning of “Inclusion”. According to Italian legislation, all students have equal opportunity to access to mainstream educational environments and participate in school activities. Nevertheless, recent studies stress the patterns of micro-macro exclusion of students with Special Education Needs (SEN). On the other hand, according to Index for Inclusion perspective and the social model of disability, inclusion is a bottom-up process that involves cultures, policies, and practices. Therefore, inclusive values need to be practiced through teaching strategies that help all students achieve social and academic success.

Workshop participants will be asked to reflect on these topics: what does a positive and tight-knit classroom community mean? Which factors are associated with sense of community and group cohesion? What teachers may do to build an inclusive educational context? How to conduct learning activities and students’ assessment in inclusive education?

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Teaching and assessing through Digitalization

This workshop has already taken place.

16 March 2021

This workshop aims at offering lecturers and teachers a metacognition-based discussion and debate on the challenge we all meet during the pandemic: teaching and assessing through (unintentional and unanticipated) digitalization. How to use this context of crisis to get faster and better toward digitalization or blended pedagogy? What tricks and/or innovations are we designing to adapt our pedagogy to the remote teaching?

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

International Service Learning. Combining teaching with student civic engagement in practice-oriented seminars

This workshop has already taken place.

16 March 2021

The workshop concept is based on prior experiences of Service-Learning (online) trainings offered at the University of Tübingen. It is intended as a first pilot project, open for CIVIS academics and multipliers. The further development into a more specific and needs-oriented training for the CIVIS context held eg. in the late summer term, is planned as a second step. We also aim to develop a short introduction to Service Learning for the opening of the Open Lab of the University of Tübingen, based on the model of the Open Lab of Universidad Autónoma Madrid.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Digital Technologies for active and collaborative learning

This workshop has already taken place.

19 May 2021

This one-day on line workshop aims at training lecturers who wants to experiment meaningful use of technologies to enhance active and collaborative learning, within a particular educational approach: the Trialogical Learning Approach (Paavola & Hakkarainen, 2005)

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Source criticism and plagiarism prevention in higher education

This workshop has already taken place.

5 May 2021

The objective of the workshop is to understand how university teachers can avoid plagiarism practices among students. By focusing on learning strategies and adapted assignments, it is possible to reduce the impact of these practices. The workshop will also give the possibility of comparing the rules and the methods to avoid plagiarism among CIVIS universities.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Thoughtful examination online and on campus

This workshop has already taken place.

13 September 2021

Online or on campus, university examinations are changing. This workshop will consider examinations from various perspectives, and participants will reflect on the advantages and disavantages of different approaches - both online and on campus.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

The ABC Workshop for Course Design

This workshop has already taken place.

28 September 2021

In this workshop we introduce a successful and well-tried workshop method for course design, the so-called ABC method which we have adapted to an online format.

During the workshop, you and your colleagues work on an online storyboard that makes it easy to design and get an overview of the entire course with a clear structure and suggested activities.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Competency oriented electronic assessments (COMET)

This workshop has already taken place.

30 September 2021

In recent years, online assessments have become more important with the rise of e-learning courses and the growing necessity to embrace virtual mobility. Moreoever, the pandemic has pushed us to solely use digital tools to pursue our teaching missions and work with digital assessments tools which are growing in numbers using various e-assessments formats.

During this workshop, participants will get to know the wide variety of electronic/digital assessment formats in order to design effective online assessments.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Students leading teachers for sustainability - Practice Workshop

This workshop has already taken place.

1 October 2021

The University of Glasgow's Sustainability in Learning & Teaching Community of Practice invites teachers across CIVIS' campuses to this upcoming Practice Workshop, which will be led by a group of brilliant student activists with a passion for sustainability. Take part in this Pecha Kucha style event that will showcase and amplify students' voices to motivate, inform, and propel our own commitments to sustainability.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Innovative pedagogies – new pathways to university teaching

This workshop has already taken place.

17 June 2021 and 14 October 2021

The workshop aims at offering lecturers an introduction to innovative pedagogies – in general but also in the CIVIS context. The session will allow discussion on transfer of innovative pedagogy models into other teaching contexts as well as the development of new teaching concepts.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

How to teach (almost) anything in Fablabs

This workshop has already taken place.

20 October 2021

Facing an uncertain and rapidly changing future, Fablabs are a great environment to teach social and technical skills that are relevant for the 21st century. In this workshop, instructors will share their experience and new models of teaching through the AGILE approach, developed by the Fab Academy, to help students develop their technical skills and work in interdisciplinary teams on real-world impact projects.

The workshop will focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and the power of digital fabrication tools through hands-on learning to tackle societal challenges.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Can we really develop Wikipedia assignments at the university?

This workshop has already taken place.

22 February 2021 and 25 October 2021

Having a better understanding of Wikipedia and its functions is something that our students would benefit from, and therefore, we must create assignments connected to Wikipedia and its sister platforms. Not only teaching the principles of the platform or the manners of looking at revision history, talk pages and sources, but also how to edit articles, upload pictures to Wikimedia Commons and translate excellent articles from different languages using the built-in tools.

In this workshop, we will get a grasp of how Wikipedia and its sister projects function, but the main focus will lie on how teachers can design assignments with Wikipedia, incorporating the platform into your education.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Crucial actions for a sustainable future: what to do next

This workshop has already taken place.

25 October 2021

The University of Glasgow's Sustainability in Learning & Teaching Community of Practice invites teachers across CIVIS' campuses to this upcoming Workshop that will be held online on 25 October 2021.

The Workshop will provide resources and insights on crucial actions for a sustainable future. 

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Interactive lectures: How to enhance student engagement during lectures

This workshop has already taken place.

18 November 2021

How can you facilitate and enhance student engagement during lectures? In this workshop for university teachers we focus on how to encourage student activity and engagement during lectures in order to support students' learning.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Scaffolding language in the CLIL university classroom

This workshop has already taken place.

22 November 2021

In English medium courses, students are effectively L2 learners and are faced with many linguistic challenges. To ensure that these courses are effective learning spaces, these potential language barriers must be managed. It is important that language scaffolding, such as organizational signposting and content being presented in digestible linguistic chunks, is consistently used throughout class time in order to help learners navigate the L2 environment.

This workshop will explore how effective language scaffolding can enhance the learning environment and acquisition of both language and content knowledge in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and EMI (English Medium Instruction) teaching contexts.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Social Pedagogy and Democratic Education

This workshop has already taken place.

26 November 2021

This workshops aim is to contribute to the reinforcement of a European sociopedagogical and democratic culture, which will prove helpful in tackling important problems faced by our education and society.

The workshop is offered to trainers who aim to sustain a culture of democracy in education (formal and non- formal) in a sociοpedagogical perspective by providing participants with the necessary methodological tools and competencies so that they may familiarise themselves with some issues of Social Pedagogy, such as the promotion of social inclusion, civic participation and tackling structural disadvantages which manifest and reproduce themselves in education.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Use your teaching time wisely

This workshop has already taken place.

29 November 2021

Based on theories of active learning and flipped classroom we inquire into and discuss the factors that can influence how we distribute course time between synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. The issues approached in the workshop are equally relevant for campus-based teaching as for online teaching.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Assessment for learning in the CLIL university classroom

This workshop has already taken place.

06 December 2021

Effective formative assessment is a key tool in the development of high quality instruction in university settings. This is particularly the case when teachers are delivering their course in English to non-native-speaker students; in such contexts language presents a potential barrier to learning and the teacher needs to be especially sensitive to how this is impacting on the students’ engagement and understanding with the course material.

This workshop will explore how effective assessment for learning can be put into place in CLIL teaching contexts (Content and Language Integrated Learning). 

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

Gamification of a full university course

This workshop has already taken place.

8 March 2022

This is an interactive workshop that addresses the Gamification of a full university course; the participants are encouraged to come prepared either with a whole course or a session they want to gamify. 

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage

New digital methodologies for teaching and performing music

This workshop has already taken place.

25 April 2022 and 27 April 2022

The New Digital Methodologies for Teaching and Performing Music workshop aims at presenting teaching experiences and new digital methodologies for the teaching of music at the early childhood, primary, secondary, and conservatory school stages. It will create a platform for the exchange of teaching experiences between the organizing universities (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Université libre de Bruxelles) and the members of the CIVIS academic community interested in this field. Our goal is to design new teaching experiences through new digital programs for sound editing, music creation and interpretation, and the evaluation of musical skills that can be applied in these educational levels.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.

The ABC workshop method for collaborative course design

This workshop has already taken place.

26 April 2022

This workshop offers tools for analyzing and developing the course
design of your teaching. The workshop is online and based
on the ABC method for course design. Please, bring your colleagues
and take the workshop as a collaborative thinking and design activity.

For further information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage.