Experimenting with Online Pedagogical Resources in European Universities

OpenU International Conference “Experimenting with Online Pedagogical Resources for European Universities” - Paris, France, October 13 - 14

The Universities of Rennes 1 and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne are delighted to invite you to the OpenU International Conference “Experimenting with Online Pedagogical Resources for European Universities”, which will take place in Paris, France, on October 13th (afternoon) and 14th (all day), 2022.

Featuring discussions, peer-learning sessions and speakers sharing their experiences and recommendations about how we can move forward to innovative practices in higher education, this conference will bring together different stakeholders involved in European higher education, such as researchers, lectures, educational and support staff, practitioners, policy makers, university representatives.

Join us in Paris on the 13th and 14th of October as we collaborate, share and connect insights, case studies, toolkits, ideas and stories of change woven together to inspire more innovation. The event is open to all stakeholders of the EHEA as well as participants interested in learning about innovative practices in mobility, learning and cooperation activities.

Take a look at the program, and speakers below. Registration is free but mandatory due to limited place, so make sure you quickly book your spot by clicking on the "Register" button.

The conference will be followed up by a special number in the journal Education Sciences.


DAY 1 – Thursday 13th October 2022

2.30 p.m. Welcome address

3.00 p.m. Keynote address

4.00 p.m. Roundtable discussion: Incentivising innovative practices through experimentation

  • Piet Desmet, Vice Rector at KU Leuven Research & Development and Director of IMEC Research Group, KU Leuven
  • Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Professor at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Director of Center for Open Education Research (COER)
  • Alvaro Pina Stranger, OpenU Experimentation cluster coordinator, Université Rennes 1
  • Marco Renzo Dell’Omodarme, OpenU Experimentation cluster coordinator, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

5.00 p.m. Plenary Session: Collaborative online, blended and hybrid learning

  • Raul Sanchis (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) “I&E Study: a collaborative, online, multicultural and multidisciplinary teaching innovation between Madrid and Aalto within the EIT Digital Master School”
  • René Perfölz (Freie Universität Berlin) and Asun Lopez Varela (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) “Joint digital, international teaching formats – How to implement collaborative blended courses”
  • Barbara Hegyi (Eötvös Loránd University), “The pedagogical challenges of an online asynchronous inter-university creativity course”
  • Carla Salvaterra (University of Bologna), “ENCODE4OPEN-U”

7.00 p.m. Networking reception - Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, 37 boulevard Jourdan

DAY 2 – Friday 14th October 2022

9.00 a.m. Plenary Session: Managing and teaching through digital education

  • Kevin Schumacher, Franziska Pfeiffer and Lisa Sielaff (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), “Creating a collaborative digital learning platform: Open development. Open Access. Open Education.”
  • Lorenzo Angeli (University of Trento), “An incremental evolution of slideshows for introductory programming — the case of "Interactive Code Playgrounds"”
  • Daniela Clauss (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)), “Experiences in developing and re-using OPR: copying, remixing and sharing in practice”
  • Esther Lence (Higher Education and Science in the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education), “Cooperation and technology: a proposal for increasing mobility in Ibero-America"

10.30 a.m. Coffee break

11.00 a.m. Plenary session: Skills and practices’ development in the trainers' community

  • Olli-Pekka Mutanen, Anna Kurmaeva and Yulia Guseva (Aalto University), “Educating the educators - Findings from the blended content production catalyst”
  • Kamakshi Rajagopal, Ilse Op de Beeck and Mieke Clement (KU Leuven), “Supporting educators in designing online assessment for blended and virtual mobility”; “Towards the mainstreaming of online mobility at KU Leuven”
  • Daniel Griffin (Trinity College of Dublin) and Vanessa Vigano (Université de Montpellier), “Best Practices for Inter-institutional Hybrid learning at CHARM European University”
  • Carolina Serrano-Archimi and Gul Afshan (Aix-Marseille Université), “Are business schools leveraging the digital move of teaching after the Covid-19 period?”

12.30 p.m. Lunch break

1.45 p.m. Plenary session: Creative learning experiences

  • Martin R. Wolf (FH Aachen), “Design recommendations for Virtual Educational Escape Games”
  • Jorge Sanz Gomez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) (Title to be confirmed)
  • Rui Carreira (University of Maia), “Competence framework, training content and a serious game to facilitate blockchain technology adoption for HEIs’ diplomas"

2.45 p.m. Plenary Session: Societal challenges and innovative courses

  • Hannah Deprez and Wouter van Passel (KU Leuven), “Measuring and activating iSTEM key principles among student teachers in STEM”
  • Teodoro Jaume (Universitat Pompeu Fabra- Barcelona), “Online support for education in entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial competences with an assessment tool and tailored-training support”
  • Agnès Garcia (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), “S to S (student to student) online learning opportunities on entrepreneurship skills”

3.45 p.m. Coffee break

4.00 p.m. Plenary Session: Student collaboration and engagement: strategies and practices

  • Maria Giovanna Tassinari (Freie Universität Berlin), “eTandem partnerships for language learning: principles and practice”
  • Michal Zabicki (Jagellonian University), “Who is an Eeyore in our Hundred Acre Wood - the outcome of a student survey on digital university, health and life”
  • Alberto Tejero (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid), “Using Sustainable Development Goals in blended learning environments to increase student engagement and connect with the knowledge ecosystem”

5.00 p.m. Roundtable: Strategic, organisational and policy challenges

  • Ricardo Ribeiro (Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa), “Determinants influencing virtual learning and digitalized environment at the Health Technologies Higher School education in Portugal”
  • Sven Packmohr (Osnabrück University), “Barriers in Digital Higher Education Teaching and how to Overcome them - Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Firas Al Laban (Potsdam Universität), “Closing the Policy Gap in the Academic Bridge”

6.00 p.m. Closing ceremony



For any questions, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to:

  • Alvaro Pina Stranger, Lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship (ISTIC), associate researcher (CREM), Université de Rennes 1,  
  • Marco Renzo Dell’Omodarme, Lecturer in epistemology and distributed knowledge and cognition (ACTE), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
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