Round Table on Teaching & Learning – Brussels 2017

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EURASHE will organise a round table on teaching & learning in Brussels (Belgium) on 12 October 2017.

The society has progressed in the last decade by an immense speed, technological developments are changing the way we think, work and communicate, but has the education sector followed these trends to ensure learners are thought to the level society expects from them?

Teaching and learning methods are currently in the spotlight on the European, national and institutional levels. Digitalisation agenda has brought us to continuous improvements of online learning provision, while STEM disciplines struggle to attract students, causing a big labour market gap between low number of students and high market demand. Arts follow this trend joining the STEAM group.

European Commission’s renewed modernisation agenda of higher education expects to address many of these challenges, understanding that teaching and learning is a complex issue and its improvements require commitment from all the stakeholders.

Professional higher education naturally has a unique perspective when it comes to this subject, promoting the quality and innovation in teaching and learning not just in the classroom, but also at the work place. In its efforts to harmonise approaches to PHE in Europe, EURASHE has with several partners developed a set of characteristics showcasing the specificity of professional higher education. When it comes to teaching and learning, this has showed that PHE institutions stand out by their methods of curriculum development, learning outcomes, content of teaching and learning, learning methodology, learning environment and programme team.

In order to adequately address the issue of modernisation and innovation in teaching and learning, we first wish to understand how we integrate learning in the classroom with work based learning. Among questions to be discussed, we wish to know wat is the future of education; will theory learning be moved from classrooms to online courses, while education institutions focus on skills development, balancing the role of teachers between passing on the knowledge and skills development? And what are the challenges in learning for different target groups coming to PHE?

Finally, while discussing the above issues, we should keep in mind links between teaching and research, and involvement of students in research, as well as the role of education in promoting civic values.

Join EURASHE’s roundtable on Teaching and Learning to discuss the above issues and analyse what are the strengths and weaknesses of PHE in the area of teaching and learning, and what are the next steps we will be doing to ensure institutional adaptability to the trends of societal development and timely response.

You can register for the workshop here