From teachers to teachers – Blended intensive program of Pedagogical Innovation

  • Lenka Přečková
  • 25.03.2024
Educators from the STARS EU Universities have come together to develop a Blended Intensive Program (BIP) for their fellow academic peers across all nine partner institutions. The aim of this initiative is to encourage cooperation and the exchange of effective strategies within the realm of innovative teaching and pedagogical techniques.

The BIP will kick off with a series of five online seminars, followed by an intensive week of practical training in Karviná, Czechia, at the Silesian University. During this week, slated for 13-17 May, participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises that illustrate the teaching methods discussed. There's still time to participate in this enriching experience; interested individuals can secure their spot by reaching out to Dalibor Šimek at

An overview of the five online seminars, which are available to anyone interested in enhancing their educational practices, is provided below. Participation is open to all, with no registration required, inviting educators far and wide to be inspired.

Theme 1: Student-Centered Learning Approaches

Date: 9th April 2024
Time:  3pm – 4:40pm CET
Speakers: Barbora Hamplová, Maria de Fátima Pacheco, Ana I. Pereira, Maryvonne Nieboer, Martin Holi
Link: MS Teamas
Summary: This online seminar focuses on student-centered learning approaches. This session aims to introduce active learning, flipped learning, and challenge-based learning strategies along with the support of educational tools. Moreover, educators will acquire practical insights on implementing these approaches effectively in their teaching practices, fostering a more engaging and dynamic learning environment for their students.

Theme 2: Inclusive and Collaborative Education

Date: 19th April 2024 (Friday)
Speakers: Veronika Nogolová, Antonio Mereiles, Benilde Moreira, Jacinta Costa, Carlos Costa
Time: 3pm – 4:30pm CET
Link: MS Teams
Annotation: The online seminar is aimed at teachers, researchers, educational agents, and technicians working with inclusion issues. It will introduce innovative concepts of learning and teaching in Higher Education, as well as a discussion related to case studies reflecting good practices of inclusive and collaborative work among the several agents of the educational system. The approach of inclusive and collaborative concepts will consider the diverse communities with different backgrounds and cultures, recognising that all students are entitled to learn. During the seminar, participants will discuss the importance of human rights in terms of the full exercise of civic rights, emphasising the importance of acquiring skills for inclusion. In this sense, participants are encouraged to identify the challenges they may face in terms of the environment, motivation, and competences of their students in higher education.  The principles of inclusion and collaborative work will be introduced, as well as several good educational practices in collaborative and inclusive teaching and learning.

Theme 3: Real-World Integration and Lifelong Learning

Date: 23rd April 2024
Time:  4pm – 5:30pm CET
Speakers: Michaela Weiss, Henmar Moesker, Diana Adamová
Link: MS Teams
Summary:  This online seminar focuses on real-world integration into teaching and lifelong learning. This session aims to introduce how to implement practical knowledge into teaching and how to create learning environments and communities. Moreover, educators will acquire practical insights on models used by universities of Opava and Hanze with examples of learning communities and strategic approaches.

Theme 4: Enhancing Student Engagement with Design Thinking and Gamification

Date: 30th April
Time: 3PM – 4:30PM (90 minutes) CET
Speakers: João Paulo Almeida, Stephan Form, Shan Gao, Thibaud Hulin, Aude Dubuisson Jouffroy, Radka Kubalová, Rui Lopes, Federico Tajariol
MS Teams

This online session is designed for educators who are committed to revolutionizing their teaching approach and also those who are currently struggling with passive students. By introducing the methodologies of Design Thinking and Gamification, this workshop will introduce you to the basic theoretical principles and aspects to undestand how these methods can be successfuly employed in classes. The speakers aim to share their personal insights and their own experience with these methods as well as provide you with practical tools and tips such as game design for creating more immersive learning experiences.

Theme 5: Digital Innovation and Technology in Learning 

Date: 6th May 2024
Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM CET
Speakers: Bárbara Barroso, Inês Barbedo, Celia Berger-Tarare, Shan Gao, Irena Szarowská, Veronika Nogolová
Link: MS Teams
Summary: This online seminar focuses on the integration of technology in education to enhance the quality of the learning experience. The session aims to demonstrate how digital tools can be used effectively for teaching and learning. It is designed to provide practical insights that participants can immediately apply in their teaching practices. The session includes hands-on activities using popular tools like Kahoot, Vevox, Wooclap, Microsoft Forms,, and videos, which are commonly used in learning environments. The goal is to create an immersive learning experience that is seamless and engaging for all participants.