Towards successful learning: Controversies and common ground

The 2019 European Learning & Teaching Forum ‘Towards successful learning: Controversies and common ground’ builds on the recognition that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for successful learning and teaching.


Photos of the forum are now available!

(Mirosław Kaźmierczak, ⓒ University of Warsaw)

Invitation from Michael Murphy, EUA Board member and Learning & Teaching Steering Committee Chair  








Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the Forum seeks to explore controversies and find common ground on how to engage and empower students and teachers in developing their learning and teaching. More specifically, drawing on the work of the EUA thematic peer groups in 2018, participants will be invited to reflect on how to facilitate better learning in European universities through institutional promotion of active learning; support for teachers to develop their teaching skills and engage in exchange of experience; promotion of career progression in teaching; and rethinking how learning and teaching is evaluated.

The 2019 Forum will be hosted by the University of Warsaw, Poland on 14-15 February 2019. Its primary target audience are vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, programme directors, academic staff and researchers interested in learning and teaching. The Forum also welcomes the participation of students, policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education.

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Welcome from the rector of the University of Warsaw

The University of Warsaw is pleased to host the 2019 European Learning & Teaching Forum organised by the European University Association (EUA). Building on and extending our discussions started in Paris in September 2017, we want to specifically focus on successful teaching and learning. We seek to explore how to engage and empower students and teachers in developing their learning and teaching, recognising that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for successful learning and teaching.

In many ways we are preparing students for three or four careers — and the fourth one probably does not exist yet. In this context, what is the best way to help our students develop the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate this world of rapid change? How can our pedagogies foster a critical and open outlook among our students, regardless of their academic background or career aspiration? These are just some of the questions and issues we hope to discuss together. Awareness of social changes is not enough - what is needed is the ability and the intellectual courage to act upon them.

It is our aim that, nourished by what promises to be a highly stimulating Forum, we can start a renewed consideration of how to realise our University’s founding mission (1816) to be a ‘’community of dialogue”. Dialogue, not chatter or polarisation. Therefore, it is important for us that the University of Warsaw is hosting the representatives of other European higher education institutions, hoping in this way to forge this space of critical academic dialogue.

On behalf of the whole University community, a warm welcome to you all! Thank you for choosing to contribute to this dialogue. Thank you for choosing to come and join us at the University of Warsaw! Welcome home. This is your space too.

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Marcin Pałys, Rector, University of Warsaw


About the University of Warsaw

The University of Warsaw (UW), the largest higher education institution in Poland, is the country’s leader in teaching and research. The university’s activities mainly focus on uniting research and education, as well as creating harmony in the development of all disciplines covered by the university in humanities, social and natural sciences.

Approximately 46,000 people study at the University of Warsaw every year. The candidates are offered a very broad range of courses in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as many interdisciplinary courses combining knowledge and skills of several disciplines. UW is the most international academic institution in Poland, with more than 4,500 foreigners studying annually at the University. It is also the most active University among Polish institutions of higher education participating in Erasmus+, the European Union student exchange programme.

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Breakout Session A – Thursday 14 February

Paper Sessions, 11.15-12.45
Session A.1

Social and ecological responsibility within engineering education. A modular student-driven course design that is implemented at four German universities
Presenter: André Baier (TU Berlin)

Facilitating students to be co-creators of their learning and teaching; a Scottish sector insight
Presenter: Stef Black (sparqs/Student Partnership in Quality Scotland)

Room 211+212, level 2
Session A.2

University teaching in large classrooms. Engaging different disciplines between didactic transposition educational reconstruction processes

Presenters:  Elisabetta Nigris, Barbara Balconi and Franco Passalacqua (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Auditorium, level 0
Session A.3

Teaching4Learning@Unipd: Promoting faculty development and organisational development and change
Presenters: Monica Fedeli and Edward W. Taylor (University of Padova)

About the benefits of cooperative action in curriculum development 
Presenters: Susanne Lippold (Ruhr University Bochum) and Andreas Fritsch (University of Greifswald)

Room 215+216, level 2

Breakout Session B – Thursday 14 February

Paper Sessions, 14.15-15.45
Session B.1

Teaching Thinking: Piloting Advanced Legal Reasoning through Inverted Learning
Presenter: Maria Cahill (University College Cork)

Making research work - institutional support for research-based learning as a form of active learning
Presenters: Catherine O’Mahony (University College Cork), Wolfgang Deicke (Humboldt University of Berlin), Bernold Hasenknopf (Sorbonne University), Wyn Morgan (University of Sheffield), Louise Woodcock (University of Leeds), Martin G. Erikson (University of Borås)

Room 211+212, level 2
Session B.2

Development of the UNIPS online learning solution for university staff training
Presenters: Mari Murtonen (University of Turku

Sharing the ABC approach to learning design across three European universities
Presenters:Bernold Hasenknopf (Sorbonne University), Vassiliki Michou (Sorbonne University), Manuela Milani (Università Degli Studi di Milano)

Room 215+216, level 2
Session B.3

Enhancement and recognition of teaching and learning in higher education: the impact of teaching and excellence prizes
Presenters: Ekaterina Efimenko (ETUCE/European Trade Union Committee of Education, Fernando Remião (University of Porto)

Improving teaching and learning experience through giving feedback for teachers during the semester: Vilnius University case
Presenters: Arnoldas Solovjovas and Ignas Gaižiūnas (Vilnius University Students’ Representation)

Auditorium, level 0


Paper Sessions, 09.30-11.00
Session C.1

A cultural shift in programme design? A case study at the institutional level from the UK
Presenters: Wyn Morgan and Brendan Stone (University of Sheffield)

The added value of students co-creating HE teaching as seen from the student perspective – a case study from Bochum, Germany
Presenter: Robert Queckenberg (Ruhr University Bochum) and Kristina Ahrens

Auditorium, level 0
Session C.3

Learning Ergonomics – a framework to enhance learning effectiveness via context factors
Oliver Vettori and Johanna Warm (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Supporting the first-year experience in higher education in Ireland: impact on student engagement, teaching practice and institutional policy
Presenter: Carina Ginty (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology)

Room 215+216, level 2
Session C.4

Student’s Virtual Erasmus Exchange Program
Presenters: Vassiliki Michou and Sabine Bottin-Rousseau (Sorbonne University)

Supporting critical thinking in higher education – considerations for strategic discussions
Presenter: Martin G. Erikson (University of Borås)

Room 115+116, level 1

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