GUNi and the Living Knowledge Online Festival 2021
From 28 June- 2 July 2021, the Living Knowledge Network will host the The Living Knowledge Online Festival 2021 and celebrate together the 21st anniversary of the Living Knowledge Network and the successful ending of the InSpires project.
GUNi will participate in the session "From theory to practice: community engagement and higher education" by the hand of Josep M. Vilalta (GUNi Director), Thomas Farnell (Institute for the Development of Education, Croatia), Bojana Ćulum Ilić (University of Rijeka) and Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt (Institute for the Development of Education, Croatia) at the Opening of the Festival (June 28th, 13.00-15.00 CET).
The session will focus on community engagement and higher education and will combine a theoretical approach with the presentation of a Toolbox for higher education institutions as well as the experience of a university using this tool. The audience will get a full overview from theory to practice on community engagement and higher education. The session will begin with a theoretical introduction on the issues of engagement, societal impact of higher education. The goal is to demystify some of the assumptions that are often made about university-community engagement, and which stand in the way of developing conceptually satisfying and empirically implementable approaches to understanding institutional performance. Once these notions have been discussed the next presentation will present the conclusions of the project ‘TEFCE - Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement of Higher Education’. The TEFCE project is developing tools to help universities to better interact with their communities in order to address pressing social needs. Finally, the University of Rijeka will share their learning journey using the TEFCE Toolbox, targeting three key phases: (I) Collecting data (engaged practices), (II) Producing the report, and (III) External experts piloting visit. Focus will be on presenting outcomes, added-value(s) for the University of Rijeka, and potential impact of the piloting process at the university.
The Online Festival aims to bring together all those involved in doing or supporting research with and for communities. What can we learn from each other’s approaches? How can we collaborate? Which links have been forged and which could we still make? Presenters will share their efforts to co-create and share new knowledge for an inclusive, equitable, healthy and sustainable society. It will offer:
- Pre-recorded video presentations, which you can watch at your convenience in any time zone. The ‘comment’ option can be used for questions or discussions.
- Workshops and live panel sessions
- Discussion sessions on the different thematic strands in the conference
- A social space in Gather.Town, where you can meet with presenters and other participants, have your own Open Space meeting, or go for a chat or a virtual drink with old and new friends
The Festival is organized by the Science Shops at the University of Groningen, in collaboration with international partners of the Living Knowledge Network, especially the InSpires consortium.