Upcoming “Co-creative Learning and Advising in Higher Education Virtual Conference”

We have collected and developed a number of best practices, educational tools and implementation strategies for educational innovation. These resources are intended to support and inspire higher education institutions to enhance their education, focusing on activating pedagogies and high-quality faculty, peer and self-advising. For more information about this project, please see our website: https://europe-creates.eu 

We would love to share the results of our project with you and colleagues from your institution, and would like to invite you to attend the virtual sessions we are organizing from 14-16. October 2020

Please register your attendance by 9. October.

The virtual event will take place via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link by email at least one day before the session. The program will be:


“New Policy Initiatives for Promoting Student-Centred Higher Education”

14. October 2020, 14:00-16:30 CEST

Click here to learn more about the policy session.

There is widespread agreement, especially on the policy level, that education in the EHEA should become more student-centred. However, there is also widespread agreement that implementation in day-to-day practice is lagging. Hence, policy makers require new tools to encourage and incentivize institutions to reform their actual educational practices. This policy event will present a number of new and innovative tools that policy makers, politicians and associations can use to encourage HEI’s to adopt student-centred learning practices. These are:

The virtual session will include presentations from relevant experts discussing the individual policies.

“Co-creative Learning in Higher Education: the CREATES Toolkit for Teachers”

15. October 2020, 10:00-12:30 CEST

Dedicated to student-centred and co-creative classroom orientations, this session is open to all teachers and educators at European universities. The session will introduce the CREATES approach and launch the CREATES Classroom Toolkit with presentations on specific engaging techniques, such as PBL, RBL, (e)Portfolios, and Learning Communities.

“Promoting Student Success Through Academic Advising: the CREATES #acadv toolkits for Higher Education”

16. October 2020, 10:00-13:00 CEST

University administrators, policy advisors and teaching staff are welcome to attend this session launching the CREATES toolkits for faculty advising, peer advising, and self-advising. Central questions will include: “How does advising benefit student success?” and “How does it relate to the mission of the university?” Come to learn with colleagues from universities across Europe and help students write the story of their education!

“Creating Responsive and Engaging Education with Students”

16. October 2020, 14:00-16:00

Intended for university decision-makers and all those interested in innovative higher education in Europe, this session will explore the need for a more responsive and engaged approach to learning. It will consider the societal relevance of this approach, develop its major justifications, outline its main principles, and present evidence for its feasibility. Special attention will be given to the challenges the approach raises, such as international contexts, policy developments, and institutional reform, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the educational model.


Please use the form below to register for any of the above sessions by 9. October 2020. We look forward to your attendance!

Past Events

Learning, Teaching, and Training Activities for Faculty and Higher Education Learners

1st Workshop on peer-Advising with Students in July 2018 in Freiburg

CREATES first student exchange and training event was held on July 10-14, 2018 at University College Freiburg. We were pleased to invite 3-4 students from each partner university to participate in the “Students for Students International Peer Advising Student Conference in the Black Forest” to share ideas and advance our joint work on peer advising. The focus of the student workshop was be an exchange of needs and experiences concerning peer advising among international students. Furthermore, it will included training sessions with a focus on intercultural mentoring and conflict resolution.

As part of Toolkit 3, the workshop was designed for students from a variety of curricular backgrounds with the objective of elaborating with and introducing them to the practice of peer-advising and working with other students for their academic and professional development.

2nd workshop on Advising with students in April 2019 in Maastricht

Organized as a ‘think tank’ style learning event, the second five-day workshop for students will focus on the practice of faculty advising, peer advising and self-advising. Supported by staff at the University College Maastricht, students from all six partner institutions will engage with specific prompts formulated by the three CREATES development teams working on advising-focused toolkits. The event will culminate in the co-creation of innovative, student-centered solutions for advising in higher education.  Further ideas and feedback will be incorporated into Toolkits 2, 3 and 4.

Faculty Training Event On Responsive, Engaged and Tailored Education in June 2019 in Lüneburg

This three-day joint CREATES Teacher Training Event brought together a group of 15 teachers (3 from each partner institution) at Leuphana University Lüneburg to discuss innovative teaching and learning classroom techniques. The aim is to present the tools developed as part of Toolkit 1, so that teachers can use them in their own teaching. Through short lectures, workshops and discussion sessions, participants engaged with the following seven techniques:

  • Problem-based learning (PBL)
  • Case teaching
  • E-portfolios
  • Simulation & roleplay
  • Research-based learning
  • Metacognitive self-reflection
  • Reading diaries

The event will specifically focus on the types of courses to which the techniques are suited, the learning goals and outcomes supported by the techniques, and on offering concrete examples and sample materials demonstrating the approaches.

Faculty Training Event on “Integrative Advising” in November 2019 in Maastricht

On November 14-16, the three CREATES development teams on academic advising shared their ideas and offered a range of activities to gain insight in the main objectives and core  principles of academic advising. The topic of advising was approached from three distinct yet related perspectives:

  1. Faculty advising – on the role teaching staff can play as advisors, mentors or personal tutors;
  2. Peer advising – on how students can play an active role in the advising process;
  3. Self-advising – on the role of interactive and reflective online tools in advising.

The program consisted of: a joint session in which the groups presented themselves and explored the broader concept of academic advising, three sessions of half a day each in which each of the teams organized presentations, workshops and discussions, and a wrap-up session aimed at evaluating and discussing the overall coherence between the three perspectives. This event was meant for teaching staff, administrators and students with an interest in promoting student success through academic advising.

Feedback and materials produced during the event were used by the development teams to finalize the materials in Toolkit 2, 3 and 4.

Types of Events

CREATES will hold eight events during its grant period. Four of these are ‘Learning, Teaching, and Training Activities,’ two of which will host higher education learners and two of which will host higher education instructors. These are held roughly midway through the project (2019) in order to gather feedback from and share ideas with students and instructors, the people who stand to gain the most from the development of practical educational and advising toolkits.

Four events are ‘Multiplier Events,’ held near the end of the CREATES funding period (spring 2020).  These target institutions and educational leaders other than the six CREATES partners to disseminate the information and innovation generated by the CREATES development teams and to raise awareness of the toolkits.