The 2023 Teaching and Learning Conference took place from 11 - 13 October in Bordeaux. The central theme ‘Empowering students for tomorrow’ brought over 200 students, teachers and educational developers together to share and discuss innovative forms of teaching. Participants from all 10 partner universities engaged in workshops, interactive presentations and poster sessions with a stated aim of spreading educational ideas throughout these institutions.
Allowing the delegations to build up new and reinforce already existing relations with colleagues from the ENLIGHT alliance is very important. These connections will form the foundation of future collaboration and greatly contribute to the enhancement of education. One unique characteristic of this conference is that students attend in partnership with university employees. We were very happy to see so many students participating in workshops and engaging in discussions about their own education.
The organisers in Bordeaux carried on these conference traditions from both Ghent and Gottingen and will now pass it off next year for the 4th edition in Tartu, Estonia.
The Global Citizenship Award
One of these central traditions take place during the awards ceremony.The Global Citizenship Award is a recognition of engagement of student-led projects on sustainability on university campuses. The winners were selected after their engagement in the Global Dialogues in which students presented their projects and discussed opportunities to manage sustainability projects.
The awards were for: Glassary Initiative Glassary Initiative by students from the University of Galway, Concordia Precious Plastic Project (CP3) by students from Concordia University, Canada Waste for Taste by students from Uppsala University, Sweden Sustainability Summer Schools by students from Ghent University.
Check out our ENLIGHT Youtube channel for all the Global Dialogue contributions and the full online sessions.
Teaching and Learning Awards
The Teaching & Learning Award is presented annually to the best course of 2023. This year the nominated teaching teams had to present a poster and pitch their course to an all-student jury.
This year’s awards were given to:
1. Virtual Exchange for Global Education in Foreign Language Teaching - Fabian Krengel and team, University of Gottingen
“This project is a passion project of mine – not only because it’s my PhD project. It was conceptualized based on the conviction that I, as an educator of a language as global as English, am responsible to empower my student teachers to empower their students to participate in complex global discourses. ”
The jury: “We highly appreciated how this project innovates on teaching soft skills & debating social issues by leveraging a common language to bring forth multiculturalism and cultural identities.” Course description: https://rb.gy/cmdk
2. Start100 - Dr. Natalie Walsh and team, University of Galway
3. Democratic Innovations - Benjamin Leruth and Leonie De Jonge, University of Groningen (Leruth was unable to attend and was therefore represented by Rabea Schmucker, student of the course)
Gallery Teaching & Learning Conference 2023
We look back on a great conference and would like to thank the University of Bordeaux for organizing this event. The next T&L Conference will be hosted by the University of Tartu, from 7-9 October 2024. We hope to see many more of you there. Save the date!