“Innovation in Teaching and Learning”

Our statement

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 students.

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.

ECIU Team Award

The ​ECIU Team Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning aims to recognise the role that teams of people play within and/or across universities in successfully developing and implementing educational innovations. In this respect the Award differs from many existing awards, which recognise the efforts of individual teachers. The Award is open to all staff in member institutions but only one application per institution can be submitted each year. The intention of the Award is to promote, celebrate and showcase how the ECIU supports sustainable and transformative innovations in teaching and learning, especially in terms of challenging conventional thinking.

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Winning Applications

Winning Application 2019

Students as change agents

University of Nottingham

The Students as Change Agents project of the University of Nottingham has won the prestigious European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) Team Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Carina Neil, Matthew Watts and Dean Lymath received the prize at the special ceremony held at the University of Barcelona on the occasion of the ECIU Board Meeting.

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Students as change agents
Special Highly Recommended Award 2019

CLab Trento (Contamination Lab)

University of Trento

CLab Trento is an innovative learning environment focused on generation and optimization of business ideas.
 Stimulate yourself and interact in a hands-on environment with team members, experienced coaches and mentors to generate and refine creative and unique solutions to turn your ideas into real opportunities.

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Winning Application 2018

EduPARK Project

University of Aveiro

The team created an interactive application with augmented reality that includes four educational games, three of which are dedicated to teaching levels from primary school teaching to higher education plus one for tourists (in Portuguese and English). As well as using games, there is the possibility to use the application freely, simply using the content in augmented reality.

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EduPark Project
Winning Application 2017

Smart Ways to Make Smart Cities Smarter

University of Twente

Dr. Ir Léon olde Scholtenhuis, Dr. Farid Vahdatikhaki, Prof. Dr. Mark van der Meijde, Dr. Ir. Robin de Graaf, Dr. Lissy La Paix Puello, Dr. Ir Edwin Dertien, Dr. Robert Hack, Dr. Maurice van Keulen

Special Highly Recommended Award 2017

Project Student Success Toolbox Project

Dublin City University (DCU)

Dr James Brunton, Prof Mark Brown, Dr Eamon Costello, Dr Lorraine Delaney, Orna Farrell

ECIU Thematic Working Group for Teacher Education

This programme offers you

The Thematic Working Group for Teacher Education is a collaboration between teacher education providers in the ECIU, and the aim of the Working Group is to establish and develop a solid network for student and staff mobility, research, as well as collaboration with fields of practice and society at large. We believe that a stronger emphasis on social and public innovation within the consortium will better equip the ECIU to embrace future changes.  

Goal #4 on the list of UN Sustainability Goals: Quality Education
The need for high quality education, research and collaborative activities within the area of education is recognized as one of the main areas for human development and is key in order to face and deal with the challenges of local and regional communities, as well as on a global scale. The teacher training programmes are devoted to providing good education, and thereby quality of life for all, as well as preparing generations for active citizenship in a world that is rapidly changing.    

The WG has a coordinating group consisting of one representative from each of the participating universities which meets annually. The coordinating group is organising thematic workshops for a broader group of colleagues with shared interest and expertise.  

Chair person
Vice-Dean of Education Brita Strand Rangnes, Faculty of Arts andEducation, University of Stavanger

International Coordinator Mona Heimdal, International Office, University of Stavanger

Case Studies

Our Members of the Expert Group

Andrea Brose
Hamburg University of Technology
Director Centre for Teaching and Learning
Aida Guerra
Aalborg University
Associate Professor, Aalborg UNESCO Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability
Anna Marbà Tallada
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Vice-dean of studies at the faculty of Education
Asta Daunoriene
Kaunas University of Technology
Head of EDU_Lab Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Dag Husebø
University of Stavanger
Head of Higher Education Pedagogies
Damien Fabregue
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées
Vice-President for International Affairs
Frank van den Berg
University of Twente
Centre for Educational Support
Martín Velázquez
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Academic Director for the TEC Central Region
Paola Lamiceli
University of Trento
Pro Rector for Teaching and Learning CLab Trento Chief
Sandra Soares
University of Aveiro
Sarah Speight
Associate Pro-Vice- Chancellor for Teaching and Learning
Svante Gunnarson
Linköping University
Professor at the Division of Automatic Control
Taru Pilvi
Tampere University
Coordinator, Education and Learning
Yseult Freeney
Dublin City University
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning for DCU's School of Business

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