10th Congress CIDUI 2018

Description of the sessions

Description of the sessions

Plenary Sessions (SPle)

Sessions which all members are expected to attend.

Plenary Session 1 - Conference Laura Winer

Laura Winer

Working from the outside in: changing spaces to change actions

Changing teaching and learning approaches and practices is difficult in a traditional university context. Focusing on changing teachers’ and students’ behaviour without regard to the spaces where they work is trying to make changes from the inside out. However, a university can establish new expectations for behaviour by instead working from the outside in. This involves providing physical and online teaching and learning environments that foster engagement, collaboration, and connection. Intentionally designing spaces based on research-informed design principles can support engaged learning. Design principles developed at McGill University will be presented, with example applications in diverse physical spaces: active learning classrooms, teaching labs, and multi-purpose environments; and in online spaces that include individual and group tools for accessing content, communicating, and collaborating. As spaces do not exist in a vacuum, other necessary conditions for change will be addressed.

Plenary Session 2 - Conference Ignacio Alcalde

Ignacio Alcalde

Smart Campus @ Smart City. Learning Spaces in the Digital Age

The World faces a process of exponential, rapid and disruptive ChangeNew Technologies are generating new paradigms in different aspects of society, and are one of the key driving forces of these dynamics of change. We are fully immersed in the Digital Age, which is creating a different world in which people, information and things will be connected as never before, just one click away. Cities are the stage for this changing world. Never in the history of humanity have cities played such a prominent role as they do today. Our world is urban, society is urban and people are urban beings. Such a hyper-connected society demands new Learning Spaces, which need to consider the confluence between physical reality and the digital world. The convergence between the City (“the place where everything happens”) and Digital Technology (“the driver of change”) can offer interesting opportunities at the service of people.

Monographic Sessions (SM)

Monographic sessions are one of the modalities of presentation of papers. Monographic sessions will be conducted by one moderator.

MS 1: Transformation of learning spaces

Methodological changes and innovations have direct consequences on the configuration of physical and virtual learning spaces. The contributions presented in this session will make it possible to examine in greater depth, and from different positions, how spaces affect the results of learning, and to analyse the use of the combination of ‘traditional’ physical spaces and ‘informal spaces’ in learning.


MS 2: Effects of gamification on education

Gamification, the application of the principles and techniques of gameplay to learning, is increasingly more present in university education. The use of this methodology involves different targets, such as improved motivation, the acquisition of knowledge and increased attention spans. The work presented at this session exemplifies different ways of using gamification and analyses their effects on learning.


MS 3: Professional skills and development

The development of student skills is a very important challenge in modern-day education. The acquisition of skills that are relevant for professional life requires the incorporation of teaching methodologies to encourage analysis and self-reflection strategies with regard to one’s own skill development. The contributions being presented at this session will enable more in-depth examination of the issue through methodological proposals and experiences that analyse different teaching strategies.


MS 4: Building bridges between universities and the labour world

A major challenge for universities is to strengthen vocational projects and to establish strategies to foster and improve relations between university and business. The idea is to tie Practicum, Final Masters Projects and Final Degree Projects in with the real-life situations of institutions, organisations and companies that are related to the different courses. The work presented in this session shows different experiences that reveal the importance of establishing a strong connection with the labour world.


MS 5: SL: Meaningful learning and social responsibility

Learning-service is a methodology that combines the academic curriculum with community service. It is a focus that puts knowledge into practice by applying it to specific and wide-ranging situations. Learning-service projects allow the students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to serving specific community needs. The contributions being presented here offer the chance to look in greater depth at how the integration of such activities can be made relevant to and improve education.


MS 6: Hybrid spaces: virtual and face-to-face

Hybrid spaces are a combination of face-to-face activities with others that students perform by making on-going use of virtual supports. There are a wide variety of hybrid options given the many possibilities offered by digital technologies for learning. The work being presented here offers examples of teaching methodologies that combine face-to-face sessions with the use of virtual spaces.


MS7: University as a reflection of society

Universities need to become inclusive spaces for groups that find it difficult to access academic environments. This session presents different initiatives and projects whose common factor is their relevance to the relationship between universities and different social groups: elderly people, disabled people, young people with social issues and so on.


MS8: Initiatives for the transition to university studies

The transition to university studies is an especially delicate time, when young people have to make some very big decisions and face major changes, both regarding academic matters and in such organisational areas as monitoring and assessment. This session presents the results of various programmes and projects developed to make the transition to university easier.


MS 9: The digitalization of learning processes

This session has selected experiences that present proposals and examples of new digital applications that have been specially designed to improve the personalization and flexibility of learning activities.


Oral Sessions (SO)

Papers will be presented by Pecha Kucha methodology. This is an informal, engaging and highly visual presentation of 20 slides, each one exactly 20 seconds, for a total presentation time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. These sessions are intended to communicate quickly and efficiently research in progress.

The presentations of the oral sessions have to be made with this template (PowerPoint).

Oral Session 1

Oral Session 2

Oral Session 3

Oral Session 4

Oral Session 5

Poster Sessions (SP)

Posters are graphic exhibitions of innovation experiences connected to the topics of the Congress which follow the regulations of CIDUI. Check the poster format guidelines in the following link.

Poster Session 1

Poster Session 2

Poster Session 3

Workshop Sessions (ST)

Workshops, seminars and meetings are activities to develop practical skills, in-depth insights and knowledge.

Workshop 1 – Back to the future IV: beyond educational spaces


Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat de Girona


  • Pere Cornellà (University of Girona) pere.cornellacanals@udg.edu. Specialist in gamification.
  • Cris Girona (Open University of Catalonia) cgirona@uoc.edu. Specialist in learning design.
  • Rosa Martí (Pompeu Fabra University) rosa.marti@upf.edu. Pedagogue at the Centre for Learning Innovation and Knowledge – CLIK.

Description of the session

The idea of the workshop is to draw, from our current position as university lecturers, a future scenario in relation to learning spaces in their broadest sense, in and outside of the classroom. We project this scenario through group dynamics and on the basis of each person’s reality and contributions, and build an agreed representation. We want the result of the workshop to suggest and open up new perspectives for the university community and to encourage decision-making in relation to learning spaces and times among the implied parties.

Dynamics of the session

The workshop takes place in three parts. It begins with a series of inspiring activities that will help us to situate ourselves. We shall build future scenarios in relation to learning spaces and times, thereby making a ‘world café’, and we shall end by representing it in the forms of pictures, texts and a slogan, which will be the results of the workshop. The workshop will last for two hours.

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Workshop 2 & 7– Mysteries of mathemagic in science


Universitat de Girona, Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi


Miquel Duran Portas (miquel.duran@udg.edu)

I am a lecturer of physical chemistry at the University of Girona and a researcher of theoretical and computational chemistry. Since a young age I became interested in the use of Internet in scientific and teaching communication, but it was a conjuring course that introduced me to the wonderful world of connecting magic and science, and I even became an amateur magician. Among many interests, I organise a series of TEDxUdG events, promote open knowledge, consider myself a scientist friend of MOOC, and mountain bike my way around the world. It may seem bizarre that my favourite expression comes from “Le Petit Prince”: “Tu sais, quand on est tellement triste, on aime les couchers de soleil”. In fact, what’s really odd is that I declare in public that “I am me and my digital circumstances”. It must mean that magic, science and the Internet are well connected. Ah… and not long ago the Government of Catalonia gave me a medal for Scientific-Technological Merit

Web: www.miquelduran.net    Blog: www.edunomia.net

On social networks, I am @miquelduran or @quelet

Description of the session

Do you want to take part in experiments that relate magic with mathematics?

Have you ever wondered whether there is a connection between card games and computer memories? Did you know that mathematic principles are the basis for spectacular mental magic effects? Want to know ways to calculate and memorise quickly? In this workshop-show you’ll be able to enjoy all that and also some humour and an entertaining time. You’ll be able to solve puzzles, take home a gift and (why not?) learn a few secrets.

Dynamics of the session

Do magic tricks, a brief explanation of the fundamentals, explore their utility for teaching and learning, set them in different educational spaces.

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Catalan and English





David Brusi

Graduate and doctor of Geology from the UAB. Associate lecturer at the University of Girona. Former Director of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Vice-rector for Students and Exterior Relations at the UdG. Conducts research on Applied Geology, Hydrogeology and, especially, the Didactics of Geology. Editor of the Enseñanza de las Ciencias de la Tierra journal (from 1994 to 2014).

Description of the session

Escape rooms are a fun activity where the challenge is to escape from an enclosed space by working together to solve a series of problems involving ingenuity, skill and puzzle-solving within a set time. They were initially inspired by videogames that involve passing a series of challenges to get out of fictional spaces like dungeons, prison cells or space stations, for example.

So why not use the gamification component of escape rooms to set up a classroom activity? We can turn the classroom into a setting based on a certain issue and propose a chain of questions and challenges that need to be solved in order to escape the room within an allotted time.

Dynamics of the session

The idea is to design an activity in the format of a classroom escape based on earthquakes aimed at group of a maximum of 20 people and taking some 120 minutes. The participants need to take a number of tests and solve questions and puzzles about seismic activity. The challenge shall consist of escaping safe and sound from the classroom within a set time limit.

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Workshop 4 – Teaching and Responsibility in Research: the case of the HEIRRI project

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Mar Carrió (mar.carrio@upf.edu)

Professor in the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University (DCEXS-UPF). Member of the Educational Research Group on Health Sciences (GRECS) and Coordinator of the masters in science teacher training at the same university.

Núria Saladié (nuria.saladie@upf.edu)

Scientific communicator and journalist. Project manager of the HEIRRI project. Coordinator of international projects at the Pompeu Fabra University Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre (CCS-UPF).

Description of the session

This workshop covers the issue of responsibility in research from a pedagogic approach, considering the best ways to teach and learn in a ‘responsible’ manner.

Dynamics of the session

It shall begin with a video presenting an imaginable scenario to get people thinking about responsibilities within the research and innovation system. The group shall then be divided into subgroups for in-depth analysis of specific research matters in relation to the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). A debate shall then be chaired in the room and the context of the HEIRRI European project will be explained.

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Workshop 5 – Tour of the invisible. Chemical itinerary through the city of Girona


Departament de Química. Universitat de Girona.


Josep Duran Carpintero (josep.duran@udg.edu)

Professor in the Chemistry Department since 1991 and associate professor at the university since 2003. Since then, he has participated in and organised activities to disseminate and promote science. He currently forms part of the Chair on Scientific Culture and Digital Communication and the UdiGitalEdu: Creative Learning, STEAM and Social Change research group. Among others, he is responsible for the Reacciona … explota! and U-Au! això és química projects to foster scientific vocations.

Description of the session

The session consists of a walk around the city to reveal the presence of chemistry. We shall discuss atomic structure, how lights work, medicine, precious stones, corrosion, batteries, fossil fuels and much more, all together with curiosities related with the city of Girona.

Dynamics of the session

The itinerary visits six points in the city of Girona, starting from a high section of the wall, and ending in the city centre. At each location, there is an explanation of the relationship between the space and chemistry

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Workshop 6 – Literary walk through medieval Girona


ILLC/ Departament de Filologia i Comunicació


Xavier Renedo Puig, professor of medieval Catalan literature and oral and written expression at the UdG, editor and specialist in the work of Francesc Eiximenis and medieval Catalan chronicles; participates in the activities of the UdG Theatre Workshop. He has prepared the Muntaner i Peralada literary tour for the Chair’s guides Maria Àngels Anglada-Carles Fages de Climent.

Description of the session

A walk through various parts of the ancient medieval quarter of Girona that are associated with literary texts and capital events from the medieval history of Girona and Catalonia.

Dynamics of the session

The itinerary visits six points in the city of Girona, starting from a high section of the wall, and ending in the city centre. At each location, there is an explanation of the relationship between the space and chemistry.

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Network  ApS (U) Cat activity

The Catalan Universities Service Learning Network (Xarxa d’Aprenentatge Servei de les Universitats Catalanes, ApS(U)Cat), is a platform that brings together teachers with an interest in this methodology in higher education. Its annual meetings are a place for discussing the experiences and challenges faced by teachers who use this focus and also an arena for advancing its deployment and development. At this third meeting, which is being organised by the ICE Service Learning Teaching Innovation Network (Xarxa d’Innovació Docent d’ApS) at the University of Girona as part of CIDUI 2018, we are proposing an exploration of how creativity can serve to design and transform service learning projects; and discuss the diferent channels for institutionalising service learning at Catalan universities. The meeting draws together teachers forming part of the Xarxa ApS(U)Cat but is also open to anyone else with an interest in this methodology.


Symposium Engagement

It has recently been claimed that society has entered into a period of transition, what has been called the century of uncertainty, from which universities are not exempt. At this time, new challenges are emerging that universities must face. These include their massification, entrance and knowledge generation through new communication and information technologies, the creation of jobs that require new professional skills, professional mobility (geographic and through different specialties), and others. All these elements are converging to create a world of uncertainty and complexity that neither students, lecturers, nor universities are completely ready to face. If we add to this the high percentage of young unemployed non-graduate and graduate people, the rigidity of universities when it comes to meeting the demands of the labour market and the new professional profiles that companies demand, it is no surprise that a large number of students are expressing their disaffection with the academic world, which is revealed in absenteeism and low participation in both lectures and extra-curricular academic activities, and in university life in general.


Symposium CODUR

La Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), la Open University del Reino Unido (OUUK) y el Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto delle Tecnologie Didattiche (CNR-ITD) de Italia están llevando a cabo el proyecto europeo CODUR (Creación de una dimensión en línea para los ránquines universitarios).

Simposi CODUR

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