Workshop: Smart education for innovative teaching

Wednesday 31 January 09:00 - Friday 2 February 15:30,
Kjølv Egelands hus,
A-259 (Dataverkstedet).

Workshop for educators from ECIU University member institutions.

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Masoumeh Shahverdi teaching CBL in the inspiring Dataverkstedet space at UiS. (Photo: UiS / Kristin Horne)

Come to Stavanger to immerse yourself in the big idea of smart education, find an answer to the question how it can be developed and leveraged at the ECIU, and win the prize for best presentation!

Register for the ECIU workshop now!

This on-site workshop will be conducted by ECIU University trainers from University of Stavanger, Kaunas University of Technology, and Lodz University of Technology. Contribute to the development of today’s educational innovations and shape the future of new generations!

Objectives of the Workshop

  • Gain a deeper understanding of challenge-based learning through hands-on practice
  • Acquire new skills and innovative teaching methodologies
  • Explore cutting-edge pedagogies and tools
  • Find motivation and support in terms of micro-module design
  • Foster cooperation and a sense of community among ECIU academic staff

General Information

This on-site workshop will be conducted by ECIU trainers from the University of Stavanger, Kaunas University of Technology, and Lodz University of Technology.

Participants will include teachers from ECIU partner institutions. Each institution funds two participants.

The workshop sessions will include an introduction to the challenge, an icebreaking activity, team formation with 5/6 persons in each team, guided brainstorming activities and discussion, presentation of the results, and a wrap-up to conclude the workshop.

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

LO 1: plan the project life cycle based on challenge-based learning methodology (CBL) and effectively organize team work.

LO 2: analyze a complex problem and propose solutions to it utilizing CBL, and demonstrate creativity in combining knowledge from various fields (incl. educational).

LO 3: design and evaluate a solution that meets the imposed requirements, while selecting appropriate techniques and tools for this purpose.

LO 4: effectively communicate project results with diverse audiences (also with the use of English at the CEFR level B2).

LO5: formulate evidence-based arguments, present and evaluate various opinions and positions, and discuss them.


Masoumeh Shahverdi holds a PhD degree in Social Entrepreneurship Education. She actively collaborated in the implementation and coordination of numerous initiatives focused on Challenge-Based Learning (CBL). She has played an integral role in equipping educators with the tools and methodologies essential for integrating CBL into their teaching practices and fostering a community of educator’s keen on embracing innovative pedagogical approaches. Furthermore, she has obtained funding for two CBL projects in Engineering education of offshore wind energy and Mission-oriented innovation for climate neutral and smart cities.

Asta Daunoriene is an Associated Professor of Quality and Change Management, senior researcher, and head of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kaunas University of Technology. She holds a PhD degree in Economics. She has extensive experience in teaching and learning activities, program construction, scientific research, and project management.

Joanna Miłosz-Bartczak is an academic teacher and designer of training and teaching materials. At Lodz University of Technology Center of Teaching and Learning, she supports teachers in the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of education (co-)creating an interdisciplinary community centered around academic didactics.

Workshop programme

Location: KE A-253

09:00 - 09:15: Arrival and Check-in (Moderator)
09:15 - 09:25: Opening lecture: Welcome and operational team introduction (Moderator)
09:25 - 10:10: Team formation and Game (Joanna and Sanaz)
10:10 - 11:00 Stage1: Engage Phase (Sanaz)
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:30 Challenge provider presentation (Asta)
11:30 - 12:20 Lunch
12:20 - 13:30 CBL Implementation, Assessment + Q&A (Ilaria, Sanaz, Joanna and Asta)
13:30 - 13:40 Break
13:40 - 14:50 Team work
14:50 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:30 Wrap up Stage 1 (Asta, Sanaz and Joanna)

Location: KE A-259 (Dataverkstedet)

09:00 - 09:10: Plan for the day (Moderator)
09:10 - 10:10: Stage 2: Investigate stage (Sanaz)
10:10 - 11:30: Team work
11:30 - 12:20: Lunch break
12:20 - 13:30: Team work
13.30 - 13:40: Break
13:40 - 14:10: Planning the activities in CBL: timing vs. Time (Ilaria)
14:10 - 14:20: Break
14:20 - 15:00: Team work
15:00 - 15:30: Wrap up Stage 2 (Asta, Sanaz and Joanna)

Location: KE A-259 (Dataverkstedet)

09:00 - 09:10: Plan for the day (Moderator)
09:10 - 09:50: Introduction on the main brainstorming methods, use in the CBL (Ilaria)
09:50 - 10:00: Break
10:00 - 10:30: Stage 3: Act stage (Sanaz)
10:30 - 11:30: Team work
11:30 - 12:20: Lunch break Workshop assistants
12:20 - 13:20: Team work
13:20 - 13:30: Break
13:30 - 14:30: Team work
14:30 - 15:30: Wrap up & Final pitches Presentation (All + Jury)

Practical information

There is a limit of two participants per ECIU member university, except for UiS, which gets 10 places as host (One place reserved for each faculty). Participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis so be quick to sign up for the workshop right now!

Getting there:

The venue is Dataverkstedet, 1st floor, Kjølv Egelands hus, University of Stavanger main campus.

Transport from the airport:

You can take the airport shuttle (Flybussen) which runs through the campus and costs 158 NOK. It stops at UiS West. Check out the timetable and get tickets .

 A taxi will cost approximately 400 NOK from the airport. 

Bus routes to/from town:

Routes 6, 7, X60 and X90 stop on UiS campus and in town. More information on bus schedules to and from the university can be found here:


We have reserved 26 rooms at Ydalir hotel at the university campus until 4. January. Participants can make reservations directly at Use the reservation code YdalirSmart.

Price pr night, including breakfast: 1190 NOK (with reservations for unexpected price adjustments).

Dataverkstedet is about 10 min walk across the campus from the hotel.