A project funded under the Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships scheme implemented from September 2016 until August 2019. The project aimed to enhance the quality of university education in Europe through facilitating the professional development of university teachers. The publication which came from the project Early Career Academics’ Reflections on Learning To Teach In Central Europe is available online and free from the SEDA website.

You can find the statement of the full project outcomes at https://qualityteaching.euba.sk/project-outcomes

The aim was achieved by

  1. offering an educational development course, which is particularly designed for teaching environments with prevalent teaching-centred practices and with lack of opportunities for teachers’ systematic reflection over their practice;
  2. assessing the factors that support/limit the transfer of knowledge and skills from educational development course to teachers’ pedagogic practice;
  3. introducing a program for new educational developers.

Project outcomes

  • curriculum of a new course on HE pedagogy
  • evaluation of the outcomes of the newly designed course at the individual level
  • evaluation of the course outcomes at higher levels (mezzo level or beyond)
  • a comparative study of two programs for teachers in higher education and their outcomes
  • a book containing case studies into changing student learning
  • curriculum of a program for future course leaders

Researched topics

  • the role of trust in program participant relationships and program outcomes
  • the nature of conversations about teaching and learning in participant workgroups and how they constrain/support participants while working to improve student learning
  • the nature of participant relationships with their significant others and how they influence participants’ pedagogic conceptions and teaching

Project partners

University of Economics, Bratislava (coordinating partner)

Masaryk University, Brno

Central European University, Budapest

Lund University

University of Tartu

Staff and Educational Development Association

Project events

Professional development for university teachers in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. A seminar. 25 October 2018, University of Economics in Bratislava

5th transnational project meeting. 2-4 November 2018, Central European University, Budapest

Training program for new educational developers, 5-9 November 2018, Central European University, Budapest

Book launch Early Career Academics Reflections on Learning to Teach in Central Europe. 15 November 2018, Birmingham, SEDA annual conference

Re-examining ways of assessing reflectiveness. Lessons learnt from a collaborative Erasmus+ project. Project multiplier event, 16 November 2018, Birmingham, SEDA annual conference

If you would like more information, please email the project coordinator, Dr. Gabriela Pleschová gabriela.pleschova@euba.sk

Co-funded by Erasmus+ program of the European Union 2016-1-SK01-KA203-022551