Does higher education teaching pay sufficient attention to citizenship and social inclusion? And, what exactly are the challenges that academics and students face in addressing these topics? This was the theme of the first public event of the “European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching” (EFFECT) project, which took place at the University of Porto on 31 January 2017.
More than 60 people took part in the staff development workshop, including students, professors, staff from learning support, student services and international offices, as well as senior leadership. Based on an adapted change laboratory methodology and expansive learning approach, the participants reflected on testimonials on inclusion and citizenship education from students at the University of Porto. Discussions focused on addressing these issues in teaching, but also more generally on how to manage diversity with regard to languages, cultural barriers, physically challenged or economically disadvantaged students and ensure an open and safe classroom.
EFFECT is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ KA3 and brings together a diverse consortium of European partners. Together they are developing an approach to support pedagogical staff enhancement and institutional strategies for learning and teaching. Social inclusion and citizenship skills are among the grand challenges identified by the project.
The recorded output of this workshop, as well as the feedback from participants and facilitators will feed into upcoming workshops. A public workshop will be organised on 27 September 2017 in Paris, back-to-back with the First European Learning and Teaching Forum.
For further information on the EFFECT project, please consult the EUA project webpage.