The 3rd TEFSI Training on innovative teaching approaches took place in Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy on 4th-6th November 2019.

The 3rd TEFSI training ‘Innovative Teaching in Higher Education for Sustainable Food Systems’ was organised at the Aleksandras Stulginskis University (currently Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy) on 4th-6th November 2019. During this event, project representatives from University of Copenhagen, Münster University of Applied Sciences, University of Gastronomic Sciences and ISARA-Lyon (1 lecturer from each University) and Warsaw University of Life Sciences (2 lecturers) shared their knowledge & experience in innovative teaching (including particular tools & concepts) with lecturers & PhD students from the event hosting University. Event included presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Usage of the innovative methods was illustrated for the subjects covering different aspects of sustainable food systems.

Altogether 53 participants attended the training (including trainees and trainers). The selection of TEFSI training participants (trainees) was carried out by the hosting University representatives (contact persons). They invited motivated lecturers, with a good command of English, representing disciplines such as agriculture, food science, human nutrition, dietetics, economics, and related fields. Such a multidisciplinary approach fostered interaction of lecturers from different academic disciplines.

Programme of the training can be found here: TEFSI Capacity Building Course, Kaunas – Final Programme. It covered the following topics: Welcome and introduction about training; Introduction about TEFSI project; Introduction about innovative education experience from EPOS and SUSPLUS projects; Maestro and Terroir; Action and Experiential Learning; “Market Place” workshop; Creative Problem Solving; Sustainable Diet Approach; Fishbowl; ABC modelling (introduction and theory, workshop); Small group discussions and presentations how to implement new approaches in own course and sharing of experience; Feedback and Peer Feedback: theory and practice; Examples and experiences of the VMU lecturers who attended UCPH training; World Café (theory and practical reflection); Certificate distribution and final group photo.

As mentioned above, participants’ feedback was collected at the end of the event using a World Café settings & discussed by project Partners. Certificates of attendance were issued by the organisers for all the participants. Participating lecturers (“trainees”) were encouraged to implement the novel concepts and methods in their everyday teaching.

The training materials are available here: training-materials