Watch video-recordings of the IEI Symposium 2023.


Venue: Arts Centre, Palacký University Olomouc, Univerzitní 3, Olomouc Czech Republic, in-person and online


Dear colleagues, as the capacity for personal participation in the symposium has been filled, we have closed the registration. However, you can participate in the symposium online.

IT’S NOT A CONFERENCE! Join us for a day and a half interactive Learning Event where we will all participate in a lively exploration and exchange of inspirations. We will network across several universities and discuss how to make your classrooms a dynamic and exciting learning environment together with students and academics from the Czech Republic and abroad. We will focus on innovative educational initiatives and share new classroom practices and tools that we have pioneered and tested.

Who should attend? All academics, students, international relations officers, and university leaders are welcome!  We will ensure engagement and interaction for everyone who attends by learning together in non-traditional and innovative conference formats including Spotlight sessions, World cafés, Motivational Conversations, Petcha Kucha with students, and a Diner Pensant.

Preliminary Programme

Day 1: Thursday, January 26, 2023 (in person and online)

10.00–10.15 | Welcome   Martin Procházka Rector (Palacký University Olomouc)

10.15–10.45 | Opening Conversation   Roman Klepetko (DZS - Czech National Agency for International Education and Research) Anne D’Angelo (University of Minnesota)
Facilitator: Eva Janebová (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc)

10.45–11.15 | Sharing of Student Learning Experiences 

Student Speakers:

  • Iveta Fantová (University of Hradec Králové)
  • Sebastian Gieskens (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
  • Marie Pražáková (Palacký University Olomouc)
  • Adéla Vejvodová (Tiimiakatemia Czech University of Life Sciences)
  • Tereza Bártů (Tiimiakatemia Silesian University in Opava, Karvina campus)

Facilitator: Eija Syrjämäki (Tampere University of Applied Sciences) 

11.15–11.30 | Coffee Break

11.30–12.30 | Spotlight Session: Enhancing Quality through the Curriculum

  •  Learning Lab - Coaching (Rather than Teaching) Students Eija Syrjämäki (Tampere University of Applied Sciences)
  • From Content to Competence-Based Curriculum: Experience from the Medical School Martin Wita (Palacký University Olomouc)
  • School Partnership Coordination: Prioritizing Partnerships and Student Placements in the Preparation of New Teachers Kelly Meyer (University of Minnesota)
  • We Blend: Using Educational Technology to Enhance Meaningful Learning Michel Hogenes (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

Facilitator: Christopher Medalis (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc)

12.30–13.30 | Lunch

13.30–13.45 | Keynote: Students at the Core and the New Vision of “Talented Palacký“  Vít Procházka Vice-Rector for Communications and Student Affairs (Palacký University Olomouc)

13.45–15.00 | Spotlight Session: Innovative Educational Initiatives and Novel Pedagogies

  • Piloting International Professional Learning Communities Jana Ter-Akopow Čemusová (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc), Christopher Johnstone (University of Minnesota), Renáta Tomášková (University of Ostrava)
  • Designing an Online Well-being Course for Students and Teachers Radek Vorlíček and Leona Stašová (University of Hradec Králové)
  • Open University Project Zdeňka Kulhánková (University of Hradec Králové)
  • On Improving the Quality of International Curricula: Experience from the Faculty of Law Martin Faix (Palacký University Olomouc)

Facilitator: Eva Janebová (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc)

15.00–15.30 | Break for Academics

15.00–16.00 | Student Get-Together
Facilitators: Eija Syrjämäki (Tampere University of Applied Sciences), Michel Hogenes (The Hague University of Applied Sciences), Christopher Medalis (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc), Jiří Doležel (Palacký University Olomouc)

15.30–16.45 | New Educational Resources and Ideas at Universities

  • Challenges of Academics in English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) Petra Schneidrová (University of Ostrava)
  • Going Virtual Platform Maike Leidecker (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc)
  • Social Work, Pedagogy, and Teacher Education Innovations Lydia Liem, Melissa van der Heijden, Tarkan Köroğlu, Ilse Naalden, Carmen Gomes, Bob Blinkhof, and Rosanne Brinkhuis (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
  • Aurora Teaching Innovations Markéta Šemberová (Palacký University Olomouc)
  • Blended Intensive Programs as a New and Effective Tool for Innovative Teaching Elizaveta Getta (Charles University)

Facilitator: Susanna Saarinen (Tampere University of Applied Sciences)

17:00–18:30 | “Diner Pensant” Conversations – facilitated (and tasteful!) conversations to uncover common challenges and empower good practices across institutions and borders (light dinner and wine); in person only

Closing Remarks  Vít Zouhar Vice-Rector for Studies (Palacký University Olomouc)
Facilitator: Eva Janebová (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc)

19.00–19.30  | Classical Music Performance and Student Gathering

Day 2: Friday, January 27, 2023 (in person only)

09.00–09.15 | Morning Coffee

Parallel Workshops:

09.15–12.00 | Student Workshop: Intercultural Learning through Teamwork Exploration of Olomouc using the city as canvas and Short Visual Social Media Production
Facilitators: Eija Syrjämäki (Tampere University of Applied Sciences), Michel Hogenes (The Hague University of Applied Sciences), Christopher Medalis (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc), Jiří Doležel (Palacký University Olomouc)

09.15–12.00 | Academic Workshop: Looking into the Future: Innovating Universities by Finding Answers to How to Create the Change (Learning Café)

Opening Remarks: Transforming universities: the Process of Internationalisation and Emerging Trends in Higher Education  Eveke de Louw (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
Facilitators: Renáta Tomášková (University of Ostrava), Anne D’Angelo (University of Minnesota), Dita Palaščáková and Eva Janebová (Palacký University Olomouc)

12:00–13:00 | Sharing Workshop Outcomes: Students and Academics Together followed by Lunch
Facilitators: Eva Janebová and Christopher Medalis (IEI, Palacký University Olomouc)

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