We believe that teaching in higher education really matters. Therefore,
our members share a commitment to the development of high quality
educational practices which promote innovation and the pursuit of
excellence in teaching and learning. As ECIU partners, we value a strong
nexus between research and teaching in order to fulfill such a vision. We
strive to provide a modern, engaging and research-intensive learning
environment, which builds on the diversity and collective strength of our
respective institutional cultures, our approaches to teaching, and our
The ECIU has a specific interest in seeking out creative, learning-centred and future-focused teaching approaches that foster social entrepreneurship and smart use of technology. We aspire to create the conditions for developing critical responsible citizenship for inclusive and diverse societies. Our members foster real world competencies and make this possible by engaging our students with industry, professional bodies and community partners.
In summary, the ECIU represents a leading international cluster of technological and comprehensive universities who are committed to a bold mission of “Challenging Conventional Thinking” for tomorrow’s world, today.
A Masterclass can take a number of forms. However, typically it will be a minimum of a full day event focused around a clearly defined topic. The topic should explore an innovation or contemporary issue related to teaching and learning that will be of wide interest to ECIU member institutions. While the Masterclass is likely to include a major contribution from a recognised expert in the field the event needs to be designed and facilitated to engage participants in active forms of learning.
Applications are welcome from any individual or group from an ECIU member institution. We particularly welcome applications submitted from groups across more than one ECIU institution, which is reflected in the selection criteria.
Each year the initial round of applications to host a Masterclass will be circulated by no later than the end of February. In some cases there may be a second call for proposals and if this occurs then specific details will provided about the application date.
Successful Masterclass applications will be eligible for a grant of up to €4,000 to assist with administration and delivery costs. The precise amount allocated will be determined based on the proposed budget submitted as part of the application process.
All applications should follow the Masterclass application template which is a Google form with a link available on the ECIU website. Applications will not be evaluated until after the submission deadline. Members of the Steering Committee for Innovation in Teaching and Learning will evaluate proposals against the selection criteria listed below and all applicants will be informed of the outcome by no later than 1st April.
The ECIU Steering Committee for Teaching and Learning will evaluate
Masterclass proposals according to the following criteria. Each proposal should
On completion of the Masterclass the key institutional contact is expected to provide the ECIU Steering Committee for Innovation in Teaching and Learning with a formal evaluation of the event. The Evaluation Report should be submitted to the ECIU General Secretary within two months of the event and as a minimum is required to provide data on participants’ overall satisfaction and perceived value of the Masterclass. Participants who complete the Masterclass may also be issued with a Certificate of Completion if the event lends itself to
such formal recognition.
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