IRUAS Conference 2016 —Tomorrow's classroom
The IRUAS Conference in Geneva brought together more than 110 representatives of Swiss Universities on 28 and 29 January 2016. Participants were treated to an overview of the conference theme – ‘Tomorrow’s Classroom’.
The 2016 IRUAS conference, jointly organised by the HES-SO with its schools based in Geneva, was a resounding success.
The introductory half day on 28 January 2016 offered the opportunity to diecover new creative work at HEAD – Geneva with a display of work by its students and a concert of ancient music by students of the Haute école de musique Genève – HEM-GE. This half day gave participants the opportunity to network with their colleagues.
The conference got right to the heart of the matter on Friday 29 January with the first plenary, a very inspiring talk by Nicole Rege Colet, of Strasbourg University. She shared her vision of innovation in higher education and the research of Otto Scharmer and his ‘Theory U’.
After lunch, Daphné Bavelier, of Geneva University, delivered a plenary talk on her surprising discoveries about action-adventure video games and the positive effects they can have on cognitive and sensory faculties and concentration.
Two workshop sessions were also held over the course of this say. This enabled participants to talk with speakers from the different Swiss universities on the broader theme of tomorrow’s classroom: from the introduction of summer schools to the flipped classroom and also exchange experiences of e-learning, setting up MOOCs and managing diversity in the classroom.