University education has changed significantly in recent decades, and continues to do so, as the expectations of students, stakeholders and society towards universities evolve. This process is further influenced by universities’ diverse historical, disciplinary and regional backgrounds. The 2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum explores how institutions balance tried and trusted practices and innovative approaches to learning and teaching in a dynamic and increasingly digital and international environment.
Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the Forum provides a platform for discussion on how universities enhance learning and teaching, while also presenting the work of the 2019 EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups. The Forum is an ideal event for vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, and management involved in learning and teaching. It also welcomes students, policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education.
Official Opening and Plenary Session I: At a crossroads or business as usual?
A moderated discussion with the audience on the changes in higher education: Is learning and teaching really going through a historical moment? If so, why? What changes have had a big impact on the development of learning and teaching in the past and which are to be expected in the future? What has remained unaltered and what should not be tampered with?
- Welcome by Michael Murphy, Chair, EUA Learning & Teaching Steering Committee and Henk Kummeling, Rector Magnificus, Utrecht University, Netherlands
- Jakob Ravn, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
- Charalambos Vrasidas, Associate Dean for E-Learning, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
- Chaired by Tia Loukkola, Director, Institutional Development Unit, European University Association (EUA)
Plenary Session II: Mastering transformative strategies, yielding success
This panel discussion is on the rationale, strategy and implementation of change management. The session will provide insights into how change processes are managed at the practical level, in a way that is inclusive and leads to success.
- Sari Lindblom, Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Joanne Pagèze, Vice-President, University of Bordeaux, France
- Chaired by Kornelia Freitag, Vice-Rector, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Plenary Session III: Reforms through the learner’s lens
The final plenary will consist of a student panel discussing what developments in learning and teaching are needed to keep higher education relevant, valuable and inclusive. The session will also look into how students’ vision aligns with or deviates from that of other stakeholders in higher education and whether they consider current reforms to be sufficient.
- Deniss Celuiko, Head of Cultural and Sports Affairs, University of Latvia Student Council, Latvia
- Kevin McStravock, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Union of Students in Ireland
- Nina de Winter, Executive Committee member, European Students’ Union
- Chaired by Ian Dunn, Provost, Coventry University, United Kingdom
Les résumés des communications présentées dans les ateliers sont rassemblées dans un document téléchargeable (pdf, 7 pages).