“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 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 Master Class

What is a master class?

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. 

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Case Studies

Our Institutional Experts in the Steering Committee

Andrea Brose
Hamburg University of Technology
Chair of the SC Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Aino Sipari
Tampere University
Academic Affairs
Andrea Brose
Hamburg University of Technology
Director Center for Teaching and Learning
Anna Marbà
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Vice-dean of Studies at the Faculty of Education
Dag Husebø
University of Stavanger
Head of Programme for Higher Education Pedagogy
Frank van den Berg
University of Twente
Centre for Educational Support
Inger Ashekave
Aalborg University
Jorge Adelino
University of Aveiro
Jurgita Vizgirdaitė
Kaunas University of Technology
Director, Department of Study Quality Assurance and Development
Mariela Gómez
Tecnológico de Monterrey
TEC Director for Europe Region
Martín Velázquez
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Academic Director for the TEC Central Region
Paola Lamiceli
University of Trento
Pro Rector for Teaching and Learning
Peter Dalenius
Linköping University
Vice-director; Didacticum - Centre for Pedagogical Support
Sandra Soares
University of Aveiro
Sarah Speight
The University of Nottingham
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning

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