9-11 December 2020
Europe/Berlin timezone

Experiential Learning & Experimental Teaching in Digital Settings

In the current pandemic, digital and blended learning has gained new momentum. This has boosted innovation and creativity among university educators and e-Learning experts at the eight EPICUR partner universities. The EPICUR Forum will offer a two-part event that explores the potentials and challenges of “Experiential Learning and Experimental Teaching in Digital Settings,” offering the opportunity to share and exchange on out-of-the-box ideas about the future of education in European Universities.  Framed by two keynotes on the impact of “Digitization in Higher Education” and “Working & Learning 4.0”, the EPICUR team invites you to an interactive and inspiring journey into the future of learning and teaching. 


Morning Session (Part I):  Experiential Learning

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Audience: teaching staff, (early career) researchers, administrative university staff, young professionals

The first part, dedicated to “Experiential Learning” offers university lecturers, teachers, study coordinators, and didactic staff from all partners five parallel “train-the-trainer” workshops addressing interculturality, social learning, entrepreneurial education, summer schools and virtual exchanges. 



Join the Networking Space

Join us for some spontaneous networking, meet the workshop leaders and continue discussing your experiences from two semesters of teaching in digital and hybrid seetings. Grab your lunch, cookies & coffee, hop in and out the space, and move around.


Afternoon Session (Part II): Experimental Teaching

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Audience: General public 

Focusing on “Experimental Teaching,” the second part invites everyone to a Virtual Fair, featuring EPICUR’s newest format “EPICURtalks” as well as virtual booths that give the floor to some of the most innovative and creative teaching formats within the EPICUR alliance. 


Programme Overview

Please follow the links for more detailed information on the talks and contributions.

Contact information and short bios of the people contributing can be found on our contributors' page.

Part I: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Nicole Wöhrle
Department of e-Learning
University of Freiburg


Opening Address: Digitization in Higher Education - A Polish & European Perspective
Prof. Dr. Michal Banaszak
Vice-President for Digitization & Cooperation with the Economy
Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan


Networking Intervention


Mini - Workshops "Train the Trainer"
Five group workshops
on different topics


Part II: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Introduction to the Format
Eva Rüskamp & Dorthe Hutz-Nierhoff
University of Freiburg


Virtual Fair
logo:EPICUR talks
logo: EPICUR booth


Closing Address
Dr. Maria Davydchyk
Founder, smart learning academy
Affiliation: University of Freiburg


Digital Lunch Break


Mini - Workshops "Train the Trainer" 

Group Workshop 1:
Experiential Learning & Interculturality in a Digital Setting

Johann Chalmel
Université Haute-Alsace Mulhouse

Group Workshop 2:
Interaction and Immersion – Social Learning in Digital Settings

Andreas Zitek 
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Dorthe Hutz 
University of Freiburg

Group Workshop 3 CANCELLED:
Educating Entrepreneurship Educators Entrepreneurially

Markus Strauch 
University of Freiburg


Group Workshop 4:
How to take a Picture of 47 Animal Breeders from 12 Different Time Zones

Nathalie Schwaiger 
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Group Workshop 5:
Eastern and Western Europe meet in EPICUR: virtual exchange on European integration Milestones

Sabine Menu 
University of Strasbourg
Lucyna Blazejczyk-Majka 
Adam-Mickiewicz-University Poznan


Virtual Booths 

Virtual Booth:
Green Deal Islands:
Koh Jik ReCharge – a Challenge-Based Learning Project

César Valderrama
EIT InnoEnergy


Virtual Booth:
Virtual Sustainable City Tour

Sabine Sané
University College Freiburg


Virtual Booth:
Virtual Building.
Applications of Virtual Reality in Civil Engineering

Nicolaos P. Theodossiou
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Virtual Booth:
Bridging the Language Barrier in Lecture – The KIT Lecture Translator

Sebastian Stüker
Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions - kites GmbH


Virtual Booth:
Future Proof the Skills of EPICUR Students with NICE

Guido de Wilde
University of Amsterdam


Virtual Booth:
Doing Field and Lab Work in Corona Times – A Soil Microbiology Course Experience

Eugenio Diaz-Pines
University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna


Virtual Booth:

Irina Siegel & Moritz Heck
University of Freiburg

Virtual Booth:
Enhancing Flexibility and Diversity: Microcredentials in Lifelong Blended Learning Approach for Museum Studies

Sonja Thiel & Dorthe Hutz-Nierhoff
University of Freiburg


Virtual Booth:
Virtual Reality – Inside a Fungal Cell

Claudia Puck et al.
University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna


Virtual Booth:
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange:
An Innovative Pedagogy to Foster Inclusive, Global and Experiential Education

Aurélie Durand et al.
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange


Virtual Booth:
Critical Media Design.
Teaching as a Process of Social Engagement

Agnieszka Jelewska & Michal Krawczak
Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan


Virtual Booth:
Hybrid Learning Theater: The future of teaching?

Maud Pols
University of Amsterdam


Virtual Booth:
Learning by Doing in Virtual Exchange - Benefits for the Students and Teachers

Katarzyna Radke
Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan

2:15 pm -2:30 pm
Gamification - New Approaches to Teaching

Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


2:30pm - 2:40pm
Challenge-Based Learning, an experience of collaboration with industry

Josep Bordonau
EIT InnoEnergy


2:40pm - 2:55pm
MARBLE - Mixed and Augmented Reality in Blended Learning Environments

Fabian Stroth & Diana Miznazi
University of Freiburg


2:55pm - 3:10pm
Bridging the Language Barrier in Lecture - The KIT Lecture Translator

Sebastian Stüker
kites GmbH


3:10pm - 3:22pm
The eCafé Tandem UHA - a virtual NovaTris coffeehouse for e-tandem accompaniment

Justine Laurent
Université de Haute-Alsace


3:22pm - 3:37pm
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Waidehi Gokhale
Soliya / Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange


3:37pm - 3:52pm
Critical Media Design. Teaching as a Process of Social Engagement

Agnieszka Jelewska & Michal Krawczak
Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan

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