The Environment Centre at Charles University in Prague hosted a 3-day international TEFSI workshop showcasing a range of innovative teaching methods with the aim to enrich the portfolio of course activities in the area of sustainable food systems.
TEFSI project supports cooperation between 9 European universities to develop, implement and widely disseminate innovative teaching approaches, materials, methods and tools, thus increase university teachers’ competences and innovation, and in a consequence, improve the quality and effectiveness of university teaching. Usage of innovative teaching methods in TEFSI project is illustrated for the subjects covering various aspects of sustainable food systems, thus increase teachers’ awareness about the importance of including sustainability issues into their everyday lecturing, and therefore form an important step of food science, human nutrition, agriculture, and related life science education towards sustainability.
The project began with an in-depth analysis of the level of inclusion of food system sustainability issues in higher education by European University lecturers, the lecturing tools being used & perspectives for innovation in this area, followed by the development of quality training materials on the innovative teaching tools & concepts, to be further shared during 5 international staff training events, implemented in everyday teaching activities at participating universities, and finally disseminated during project Multiplier Events (conferences) and other ambitious dissemination activities. Transnationality of the project allows the biggest strengths of teaching approaches and strategies of participating Universities to be extracted, analysed & put together in the project activities and outputs.