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The 3rd European Conference on Teaching & Learning Politics, International Relations & European Studies

How we teach and learn matters – for students, for society, for us


Between 31 May and 1 June 2018, over 70 teaching and learning enthusiasts from across Europe, the United States and China attended the 3rd Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies (EuroTLC). The conference – now in its third iteration – was hosted at the Charles University in Prague under the patronage of the teaching and learning groups of ECPR, UACES, PSA and BISA.

Building on the non-traditional formats perfected in Maastricht (2014) and Brussels (2016), the 3rd EuroTLC abounded in workshops and best practice sessions, where participants had the chance to discuss topics of common concerns, share their experience in teaching politics, international relations or European studies in various formats, and promote an innovative approach to teaching and active learning methods.

The programme packed 20 workshops and 15 flipped presentations, as well as two thematic roundtables in its two days. The first panel discussed the different angles of the conference’s main topic: ‘How we teach and learn matters – for students, for society, for us’ and brought together as panelists Heidi Maurer (LSE), Barbora Padrtová (Masaryk University), Claske Vos (University of Amsterdam), Tomasz Kaminski (University of Lodz), and Alexandra Mihai (Hertie School of Governance). The conference’s second round table took the discussion to a macro-level by looking at the potential and opportunities of promoting cooperation in higher education innovation and included Silviu Piros (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Zuzana Čapková (DZS-Centre for International Cooperation in Education), Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey), and Giulia Tercovich (University of Warwick).

A novelty for this edition of the conference was the inclusion of a ‘Best Practice Workshop Prize’, with the first prize being awarded to Jamal Shahin and Claske Vos from the University of Amsterdam for their teaching innovation “Puzzling with Perspectives on European Integration”.

Check out the video that explains their teaching innovation here or download their poster presentation here.

The great success of the 2018 edition of EuroTLC calls for the continuation of this exciting journey, and a further commitment to continue to promote best practices in higher education for our growing EuroTLC community, as well as the wider interested academic circles.

For more impressions have a look at our website or see the #EuroTLC twitter moment.

By Silviu Piros & Heidi Maurer