Background materials


An overview on what you will experience during the webinar


In this event the focus is on student centered course design.

The speakers of the webinar represents those good practices which scored well at the PROFFORMANCE Higher education teacher award.

In the plenary session, they present their good practice in 7 minutes according to the structure of their proposal:

  • Challenge/problem – objective
  • Methodology of implementation
  • Technology, tools used
  • Outputs/Outcomes/Impacts
  • Lessons learnt (success factors/mistakes to avoid)
  • Adaptability, transferability

In the breakout rooms – speakers will give you a ’recipe’ on how they could implement their good practice:

  • What was the problem/challenge felt by the students (identify)
  • What results were expected by the students (make a plan)
  • How to implement a course which is Student-centered – from what it is student centred?
  • Actors and resources needed for implementation

There will be also a short interactive exercise with the participants on how this methodology can be applied in other disciplines as well.


The organisers and the speakers are looking forward to meet you in the sessions:

Please get to know the speakers at first session of the PROFFORMANCE thematic webinar series and we give you an overview what you can expect from them in the breakout rooms.


Part 1

When life provides the course material

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Students need to be engaged in the learning process in order to motivate them and to increase the efficiency of their learning. For this goal:

  • they have to understand why that course is important for their professional life
  • for what they can use what they learn on the course
  • they would like to see the big picture – what is the real learning outcome
  • and would like to use up-to-date, realistic learning material.

This session gives you a recipe on how to find your own course material from life, and how to build your course upon it.

Speaker – Dr. Andrea Barta


When solving a societal challenge is the aim of the course [breakout room 2]

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Higher education institutions have the responsibility to contribute to UN 2030 Sustainability goals. Sustainability issues are unavoidable in any professions. Green transition effects all area of life, and both teachers and students have to develop their competences on how to contribute these sustainability goals. They not only have to live accordingly but learn on how they can find solutions for societal problems in their own disciplines. Participants in this session

  • may learn how to organise a project based course where students work on a solution of a societal problem
  • they can jointly think on what societal problems can be solved by students of their disciplines
  • how to motivate and support students in their cooperative work,
  • how to engage students to be active and responsible citizens and professionals.

Speaker – Mag. Renate Windblicher


Part 2

When the course is designed for students and practitioners to promote life-long learning [breakout room 1]

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Higher education institutions play a pro-c-rea©tive role in the society. They have to promote new knowledge but also have to react creatively on the needs of the labour market and the wider environment. The knowledge they convey should be regulary updated, which cannot be realised without direct contact with the professional world. In this breakout room participants will get to know:

  • How to develop courses which suit the requirements both the students and practicionnaires.
  • How to promote life-long learning attitude.
  • How to make a course which leads to alternative credentials (points in professional learning pathways or other kind of microcredentials)
  • How a special field of expertise can be promoted and gain recognition within a wider context.

Speaker: Ivana Tlak Gajger


When the course is built on dilemmas to discuss


Higher education institutions must improve the knowledge, skills and competences of students to prepare them to become active, critical and responsible citizens. The constant change in the world requires resilience from both teachers and students and they have to be prepared to problem solving and decision making. Nevertheless, decision making is not simple in a complex environment and professionals often face dilemmas to discuss and problems to resolve.

Participants in this session

  • Get to know how to organize a dilemma based course,
  • How to engage students and encourage expression of opinion,
  • How to be assertive
  • How to find a consensus and
  • conclude a final decision on a professional topic.

Participants may exchange experience on how this dilemma-based approach can be applied in different fields of education.

Speaker: Mariam Kilanava