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Guest talk

Dr. Brigita Janiūnaitė

(Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)

University Teacher as Innovator

Assumptions and implications of adaptation of pedagogical innovation

The emergence of various types of pedagogical innovation affect and change not only students learning methods but also university teachers' competences and activities. Adoption of pedagogical innovations as well as study methods are faster and better when they are close from cultural, social and value-based perspective, i.e. when they are adapted. The teacher should have the appropriate competences to adapt, modify innovative study methods according to its users – students, at the same time not departing from the study program aims and study subject (module) results. There are a lot of issues during the adaptation process, e.g. what are the peculiarities of teachers' activities in adapting innovative study methods? What are the possible variations in the process of innovative study method adaptation and etc.

During the colloquium the focus will be on the relationship between the concepts of adoption and adaptation in the social innovation process. Further, the focus will be on the grounding of teachers' activities in adaptation of study methods as innovation at university. The case study of adaptation of study methods as pedagogical innovation (at Kaunas University of Technology), namely design thinking, case study as a teaching and learning method will be analysed together with the discussion on case studies of adapted study methods and the results of teachers' interview. The insights into different variations when university teacher's adapting study methods as pedagogical innovation will be discussed, too.

Brigita Janiūnaitė is professor and principal investigator of the Research Group of Educational Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology.
Her research is focused on the issues social innovation; development of innovative culture at individual and organizational level; management of educational innovation. Among her publications is a monograph on 'Educational Innovation Implementation' (2004, in Lithuanian) and several research studies. She was elected a Visiting Fellow at St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, in 2007. Brigita Janiūnaitė has been involved in a number of international and national research and projects. She is MC Member (representing Lithuania) of COST action "Transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral disadvantage in youth".

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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