Over 35 university teachers from all 13 member institutions visited the University of Stavanger to explore innovative teaching methods.
The on-site workshop aimed to deepen the teachers’ understanding of challenge-based learning (CBL), introducing them to new skills and innovative teaching methodologies, and fostering a sense of community among academic staff.
Over three days, the participants developed innovative ideas for teaching using CBL – the same pedagogy they apply when teaching students. The sessions encompassed an introduction to the challenge, team formation, guided brainstorming activities and tools, collaborative teamwork sessions, sharing CBL experiences, presentation of results, and a wrap-up. In the end, the teachers presented solutions they had developed through teamwork.
‘It was a fantastic opportunity to walk in the shoes of students, to feel the challenges one experiences when working in groups, and to learn from each other,’ says Clare Gormley, a participant from the Teaching Enhancement Unit at Dublin City University (DCU).
‘The most rewarding part was the interaction with colleagues who apply CBL in all its forms’, notes associate professor Thomas Groen from the University of Twente.
‘Everybody knows some techniques, but nobody knows them all – so it was very inspiring to find out how they do it’.
‘It was a wonderful workshop’, adds Gormley. ‘I got so much of it’.
The workshop was facilitated by Masoumeh Shahverdi (University of Stavanger), Asta Daunoriene (Kaunas University of Technology), and Joanna Miłosz-Bartczak (Lodz University of Technology).