INGENIUM Staff Academy

Participants of the INGENIUM Staff Academy workshop

The Staff Academy is an event where educators meet to share, transfer, and showcase innovative pedagogical methodologies within the European University INGENIUM. The event is held twice a year, and the content is shared publicly on this webpage.

Each event will be hosted by one of the INGENIUM Universities within the 10 Days of INGENIUM framework. The Staff Academy events consist of ten individual sessions, each lasting an hour, with one from each partner university. The sessions are based on proposals submitted by INGENIUM staff implementing innovative learning methodologies or those wishing to develop them in cooperation with others.

The Staff Academy sessions allow participants to gain and enhance their teaching and facilitation skills by providing additional time for hands-on learning and interaction with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and fields. It will also provide an appropriate framework for knowledge sharing and transfer, offer new networking opportunities, and open avenues for enhanced cooperation with the INGENIUM network.

Staff Academy Webinars

Throughout the academic year, INGENIUM organises several public Staff Academy webinars where there are 1–3 short case presentations on cutting-edge teaching practices, followed by a lively discussion and Q&A session. The webinars unfold on Zoom and are hosted by the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). 

If you work in an INGENIUM university and would like to present your idea, please book your spot via our Booking Calendar a couple of weeks before the webinar. The organizers will get in touch with the speakers before the event and tell them more about the arrangements.

Webinars in autumn 2024:

The next Staff Academy is in Finland in February 2025

The next INGENIUM Staff Academy will be held in Finland at the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk, 10–14 February 2025.

Call for Proposals will open in August 2024

Contribute your knowledge, skills, and innovative pedagogical approaches, and submit your idea by 1 November 2024 at the latest. Let’s share, learn, and connect together!

What sort of applications we would like to see?

What innovative teaching methods, pedagogical practices, or case studies have you implemented in your teaching, or would you like to develop further? What lectures, seminars, or classes have you taught that have been well-received by students and have improved their learning outcomes? What would be a good best practice to share with the alliance partners? Think about what educators from other disciplines or fields might be able to learn from you.

But what makes a proposal innovative and engaging? Here are some thoughts:

  • It is interactive – well-received sessions have deep learning objectives wrapped in an engaging and inviting package to encourage fellow participants to explore the topic.
  • It is topical and adaptable – to be broadly useful, proposals should fit with a wide range of learning programmes and be useful across sectors.
  • It is inspirational and thought-provoking – some proposals will be most interesting through case studies and how easily they can be replicated by attendees in their context.

Priority will be given to proposals focusing on:

  • Effective student-centred learning equips students with knowledge and other professional and personal development skills. For example, collaborative learning, flipped classrooms, creative teaching methods, and reflective assessment.
  • Connecting research, education, and working life promptly utilises research findings in education, bringing education and research closer together through challenge-based, work-based, and other methodologies. For example, simulations based on cutting-edge research, innovative work placements or internships, or new pedagogical theory or practice advances.
  • Blended learning, or hybrid teaching, combines traditional classroom-based education with other innovative learning methodologies, including distance, digital, or work-based learning. This might include, for example, online learning environments, digital tools, and good blended teaching practices.

We also welcome out-of-the-box proposals that do not fit within a single category or are interdisciplinary. Proposals should actively involve students and stakeholders in their development or implementation and include appropriate transfer strategies.

Please make sure to submit your proposal by 1 November 2024.

The INGENIUM Innovation Leaders will assess the proposals, and the Staff Academy coordinators will inform you of their decision within 2–3 weeks.

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Evaluation process and criteria for applicants

The Innovation Leaders from INGENIUM partner universities will review their own applications. They will evaluate and select the top five applicants from their university for each Staff Academy event.

The top five applications from each institution will be evaluated again in a second round by the INGENIUM Community Evaluators. The INGENIUM Community Evaluators are Innovation Leaders and WP5 Coordinators from different universities.

  • First Round: The INGENIUM Innovation Leaders will evaluate the proposals and choose the top 5 from their own university on the application platform.
  • Second Round: The INGENIUM Community Evaluators will assess the proposals.
    • The evaluators will choose one applicant from each Institution for each Staff Academy Event.
  • The successful and rejected applicants will be informed via email shortly after the second round is completed.

Evaluation Criteria:

The evaluation criteria are thorough and provide a structured way to assess the quality of proposals. The criteria are broken down into specific aspects and rated on a scale, making the evaluation process more objective. These criteria are published with the call for paper as a PDF attachment so the applicants know how their proposals will be assessed. Key evaluation points include:

  1. Student-Centered Learning: Effectiveness, innovativeness, and the extent to which the proposal aligns with student-centered approaches.
  2. Research, Working Life, and Education Connection: The connection between research, education, and practical application, highlighting the usefulness of the proposal for professional development.
  3. Blended Learning: Effective use of modern learning environments, including open-source tools and session formats.
  4. Session Format: The level of interactivity, planning, and structure in the session, ensuring a dynamic learning experience.
  5. Reviewer’s Comments and Feedback: Space for reviewer comments allows for personalised feedback and suggestions to improve the proposal.

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