Training Program “Digital Enhancement of Active Learning in Higher Education”

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 09:00 to Friday, February 16, 2024 - 12:00

Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto

Rua de Diogo Botelho 1327
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This training program was designed in the context of PBL4COLLAB.TT project:
In this program the participants will be challenged to develop a proposal to change a course or part of one course, considering three principles:

  1. Implementing active learning approaches by using technology to support it.    
  2. Facilitating collaborative learning.    
  3. Reflect on your own teaching practice.

During the training, the participants will have the opportunity to develop their teaching practice, interact with colleagues from different Higher Education Institutions and have support from experts.
The language of the training will be in English and will be carried out exclusively face-to-face at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal. The registration is free of charge.


Program Overview

Digital Enhancement of Active Learning in Higher Education





09h00 – 12h00


Inspiring or Guest Lecture

Meet your team project & start developing your individual project!

Active Learning Strategies

Project-Based Learning
Flipped Learning

Project Work

Gallery Walk

Final Celebration

12h00 – 14h00

Lunch Break

Lunch Break


14h00 – 18h00

Active Learning

Essential Elements. DELT & TPACK.
Strategies, Techniques and Tools
Implementation of Active Learning

Assessment, Feedback and Assessment Integrity

Strategies for assessing active, flipped and problem-based learning


Team of Trainers

The training will be deliverable by an international and experienced team of trainers from Portugal, Ireland and Turkey.
Diana Mesquita – Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education and Psychology, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal. Diana M. has strong research experience in the field of Higher Education. She also delivered more than 85 workshops dedicated to teacher training in Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, Russia and Thailand, mainly under the following topics: Active Learning, Problem and Project Based Learning, Curriculum Design, Assessment and Evaluation For detailed CV:

Ferah Özer - Koç University, Turkey
Learning Experience Designer and Instructor at Koç University. Dr. Özer has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses about teaching in higher education and creative thinking.  She also has been working as an expert teacher trainer for the Turkish Ministry of National Education and as part of her duties at KOLT, she designs and holds trainings and workshops for faculty members. She published many of her scholarly works in internationally recognized scientific journals in the field and authored a number of books. For a detailed cv, please click the link:

Zuhal Zeybekoğlu-Koç University, Turkey
Director of Koc University Office of Learning and Teaching, Istanbul.  She used to teach academic skill courses to undergraduate students and effective teaching courses to graduate-level students. For the last ten years, she has been designing and delivering faculty development workshops on various topics, such as course design, effective teaching, active learning, etc., and holding individualized consultation sessions with faculty members on improving their daily teaching practices. She is particularly interested in SoTL research in HE. For a detailed CV:

Tom O’Mahony, Munster Technological University
 Tom O’Mahony works with the Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU) at Munster Technological University (MTU). At MTU he coordinates and teaches on the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He is responsible for designing and leading staff professional development initiatives at MTU related to active learning, assessment and educational research. His research interests include active learning, especially flipped, project and problem-based learning, assessment and feedback, and engineering education. He currently leads an Educational Research Laboratory at MTU. Tom has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has reviews for several educational research Journals.

Rui Lima – School of Engineering of the University of Minho
Associate Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, Portugal. His main research interests are in IEM fields: Production and Project Management; Lean Production; Agile Project Management; Lean Healthcare; Engineering Education; Project-Based Learning (PBL); and University-Business Cooperation (UBC). He has been collaborating on international projects with universities of countries from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. He has been developing editorial work in collaboration with several journals and is the author of more than two hundred peer-reviewed papers in journals, book chapters and conferences.