• The 2023 Higher Education Summit will bring together different audiences involving students, educators, researchers and changemakers in the field of transformative learning for sustainable development within higher education from all over the world.
    Join us to rethink the educational system and pave the way for a sustainable future! Practicing what we preach, we want to warmly invite you to co-create with us and submit a proposal for your contribution to two session formats at the Higher Education Summit!


    The Call for Contributions is closed!

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    Proposals are welcome until 11 October 2023. We will let you know by 16 October 2023 whether your proposal has been accepted.

    Your proposal to one of the two available formats (see below) should not exceed one A4 page, including references. You may include pictures or other visual representations. Proposals will be assessed by the conference committee comprised by students, researchers and educational practitioners based on the following principles:

    • Collaborative character: the proposal should (ideally) be a joint submission of students with teachers, researchers, and/or practitioners
    • Potential for transformation
    • Academic or other relevant quality for theory, practice or policy
    • Thematic relevance
    • Originality and level of innovativeness
    • Adequateness of mode of presentation 
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    DAY 1 (23 NOV)

    CASE FAIR – “How to create transformative Collective Learning Spaces?”

    90 minutes in total; you have max. 15 minutes to present your case


    During the virtual case fair we want to showcase practices that you already experienced relevant and impactful in the space of collective transformative learning. Maybe you are running a course co-organized by students and teachers/researchers? Or your university actively involves students in strategic decision-making on learning? Tell us more about it! You may want to involve the audience in your presentation! Ask colleagues for advice to further improve your practice or get help to master any challenges you are facing.

    Address the following questions in your proposal (max. one A4 page):

    • Who is involved?
    • How do students, researchers and teachers collaborate?
    • What methods do/did you apply?
    • What makes your case unique?
    • What are your outputs/experiences/learnings?
    • How will you present your case? Are you planning to involve the audience?


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    DAY 2 (24 NOV)

    PRACTICE BOOST – “How to assess, evaluate and structurally integrate transformative collective learning in higher education?”

    90 minutes in total; you have max. 45 minutes to facilitate your interactive session


    In this format, presenters share a promising practice in which they see potential, but without being fully satisfied with its current format and/or outcomes. The practice boost will allow you to explain how this practice could be inspirational to others, test it with the audience (if possible) and discuss how it can be improved to become a next practice to organize and evaluate collaborative transformative learning for sustainability.

    Assessment is an essential part of (academic) learning processes and a necessary phase for the acquisition of credits (and diplomas). However, evaluation often implies judgment which seems contradictory to the spirit of collaborative transformative learning. In this session we want to shed a light on current assessment practices in Collaborative Learning Spaces, alternative evaluation methods, learner-centered credit systems, etc.

    Share your explorational practice or innovative approach and “boost” it with the collective wisdom of your audience, to learn from and with each other!

    Address the following questions in your proposal (max. one A4 page):

    • What method or challenge do you want to bring?
    • What is the main didactic approach of your method or tool?
    • How are students involved in the assessment process?
    • If you propose to test the practice during the session, how do you envision prototyping it?
    • If you already tested your practice, what are your results/experiences/learnings?
    • What are some open questions, shortfalls and/or the challenges you are facing?


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    DAY 3 (25 NOV)


    90 minutes; for this format no proposal is necessary upfront!


    On the third day of the Higher Education Summit, we will do a collective "Open Space Harvesting". Together we will explore which were the most important learnings from the conference for each one of us.