EuropeNow Campus is the teaching and learning corner of EuropeNow. Its goal is to bridge interdisciplinary research with pedagogy by highlighting how educators engage students with major research questions relating to Europe. It also gives instructors innovative pedagogical tools around critical topics by gathering educational materials and featuring educators’ reflections on their experiences in the classroom environment and beyond. Through its different content types, EuropeNow Campus seeks to promote a culture of sharing best practices and to encourage the creation of a pedagogical commons to become a go-to platform for teaching Europe.
While “Campus spotlights” focus on Council for European Studies member institutions, other Campus projects, courses, and people come out of any institution in the United States and Europe to serve as inspirations, models, or blueprints for educators of all stripes. EuropeNow Campus is especially interested in approaches that use the post-secondary classroom to make concrete contributions towards investigating pressing challenges that the world faces today–the global refugee crisis, climate change, and health inequalities, to name a few.
Colleges and universities play a key role in confronting these pressing issues, not just through research, but by helping students learn how to engage critically and responsibly with the world around them. Profiles featured here dig into the crux of how educators have successfully implemented new strategies for pedagogical endeavors at their institutions and yielded concrete outcomes. In addition to highlighting these undertakings, EuropeNow Campus regularly publishes syllabi and reading lists connecting to EuropeNow topics, suggests how EuropeNow content can constitute a useful resource in educational settings, and conducts interviews with students and educators who contribute to narrowing the gap between classroom learning and real-world impact. Campus not only aims at supporting curriculum development but also at changing the student-teacher relationship, in effect blurring the lines between consumers and producers of knowledge, while also linking classrooms and campuses across space and national boundaries.