Upcoming Multiplier Events

“Co-creative Learning in Higher Education: the CREATES Toolkit for Teachers” on 27. March 2020 in Freiburg

Click this link to register by 28. February!

The one-day conference is dedicated to student-centered and co-creative orientations in classroom teaching and learning, bringing together 60 teachers from European higher education institutions. The conference will launch the CREATES Classroom Toolkit with presentations on specific engaging techniques and an accompanying ‘information market’ where participants can learn more or share their own techniques and experiences. 

“Promoting Student Success Through Academic Advising: the CREATES #acadv toolkits for Higher Education” on 31. March 2020 in Maastricht

Find out more and register (by 15. March) for the academic advising event here!

University administrators, policy advisors and teaching staff from around Europe will gather for this one-day conference during which the concept of academic advising will be explored through presentations and workshops, providing insights and food for thought on questions such as:

  • What is academic advising?
  • How does it benefit student success, and agency and confidence in students? 
  • How does the idea of advising relate to the mission of the university?
  • How does it fit the roles and responsibilities of teaching staff and students? 

Inspiring and hands-on CREATES toolkits for advising for teaching staff, peer advising, and student self-reflection will be launched. Come to Maastricht to learn, discuss and network with colleagues from universities across Europe and help students write the story of their education!

“New Policy Initiatives for Promoting Student-Centered Higher Education” on 27. May 2020 in Brussels

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There is widespread agreement, especially on the policy level, that education in the EHEA should become more student-centered. 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-centered learning practices. These are:

  • Teaching grants
  • Student engagement surveys
  • Student-centered quality assurance
  • Teaching careers and recognition
  • Advocacy and networking

The event will include a keynote by a suitable speaker, a discussion of the relevance of student-centred higher education, presentations discussing the individual policies by relevant experts, and conclude with a roundtable on the way forward.

“Creating Responsive and Engaging Education with Students” on 11-12. June 2020 in Lüneburg

Click here to learn more or to register (by 15. May 2020) for the event for higher education decision-makers!

It is widely agreed upon that universities and higher education institutions should offer more student-centred and co-creative programs. In order to optimally prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century, policy makers on the national and European levels, student-organizations, university associations, international think tanks, but also prominent higher education researchers and academics have all argued that higher education must be transformed. Many universities have heeded this call and endorse the need for educational innovation towards more student-centred and co-creative programs.

Over the past two years, educators from 6 universities throughout Europe with particular expertise in and experience with student-centered, co-creative education have worked together to develop an approach for achieving a responsive and engaged culture of learning. They have articulated and shared a number of best practices, educational tools and implementation strategies for educational innovation. These resources are intended to support and inspire institutions to enhance the education they offer, focusing on activating pedagogies and high-quality faculty, peer and self-advising.

The event will present this approach to educational innovation, including its rationale, its principles as well as four toolkits of strategies and methods for implementation. The event is intended for decision-makers at higher education institutions in Europe and will be an opportunity to explore the need for, but also the challenges of realizing a more responsive and engaged approach to learning. It will consider the societal relevance of this approach, develop the major justifications for it, outline its major principles and features, and present evidence for its feasibility (based on the experiences at the partner institutions and the tools development). Special attention will be given to discussing the challenges that this approach raises, such as questions of elitism, the international context, policy developments, and institutional reform.

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.

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.