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.
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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Registration for the Forum will open in late September.
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.
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.
©Marcin Kluczek & University of Warsaw
EUA is seeking proposals for paper sessions. Leadership and management in higher education institutions, academic staff, researchers, students, policy makers and other interested stakeholders are invited to submit papers that present current practice or research on institutional measures for promoting active learning; development of teaching competences; challenges and solutions to advancing with teaching careers; and evaluation of learning and teaching at the programme level.
Selected contributions from EUA members will receive one reduced fee for attending the Forum.
For full details on the type of papers sought and the submission process, please consult the documents below. The deadline to submit papers is 12 October 2018.