The kick-off conference of the project ‘Emphasis on developing and upgrading of competences for academic teaching – Educa-T’, took place at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, on 22-23 September 2016.
The participants were welcomed by Mrs Ana Tecilazić Goršić, Head of Sector for Quality of Higher Education, International Cooperation and European Affairs from the Ministry of Science and Education, who expressed her satisfaction that the kick-off conference of the Educa-T project took place at the Ministry.
On the first day of the conference, 22 September 2016, Professor Barica Marentič Požarnik, PhD, from the University of Ljubljana delivered a keynote speech “Developing teaching competences of academic staff – experiences, dilemmas, challenges”. Professor Vladimir Mrša, PhD, from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, held the presentation “Supporting teachers in the higher education system in the context of the Strategy for Education, Science and Technology“. Professor Ulrich Teichler, PhD, from the University of Kassel gave a presentation on teaching concepts and activities of university professors in Europe. Mrs Ivana Ramić from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports provided information on the Educa-T project. Mrs Sandra Bezjak and Mrs Mina Đorđević from the Agency for Science and Higher Education presented the ASHE activities as support to improving teaching competences at HEIs. Mr Marko Turk, PhD, from the Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, held the presentation “Academic teaching in Croatia: challenges and perspectives” and Mrs Chiara Patricolo, European Students’ Union (ESU) gave a presentation on student-centered learning, good practices and challenges to face.
The second day of the conference, 22 September 2016, started with the presentation of Mrs Andrée Sursock, PhD, from the European University Association (EUA), who presented learning and teaching at European universities: the key trends. Mrs Patricia Staaf from the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Malmö University presented the structures and activities for improving teaching and learning and provided examples from the Malmö University in Sweden.
The conference ended with a panel discussion moderated by Mr Marko Turk from the Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, which included the following panellists: Mrs Sanja Smojver Ažić, PhD, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Mrs Daliborka Luketić, PhD, Department for Pedagogy, University of Zadar and Mrs Daliborka Pašić from the University of Zagreb.
The conclusion of the kick-off conference was that the Educa-T project would contribute to the development of teaching competences in higher education and strengthen the teaching role of the academic staff, particularly in the light of shifting towards learning outcomes and a student-centered approach.
Speakers and presentations
Supporting teachers in the higher education system in the context of the Strategy for Education, Science and Technology
prof. dr. sc. Vladimir Mrša
Prehrambeno-biotehnološki fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu
Teaching concepts and activities of university professors in Europe
prof. Ulrich Teichler, PhD
International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel INCHER-Kassel
University of Kassel