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Pedaforum 2024

Higher Education Pedagogy Seminar – Pedaforum is an annual conference on pedagogy in universities and universities of applied sciences.

Welcome to Hämeenlinna!

Pedaforum 2024 will be held on 5-6 June 2024 (network meetings on 4 June 2024) at Häme University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna University Centre.

The aim of Pedaforum 2024 is to share experiences of good practice and knowledge from higher education pedagogical research to promote quality learning and improve teaching.

The event brings together a diverse range of experts in teaching, guidance and student administration, as well as other participants interested in higher education teaching and research.


The theme

The theme of the event is Higher education pedagogy as a builder of global well-being.

Higher education institutions have an important role in supporting students to solve the multidimensional and wicked challenges of the future. This requires innovative and critical thinking skills and collaboration with working life and various stakeholders.
The well-being of teachers and students is also a prerequisite for quality learning and development.

Higher education pedagogy which acknowledges the importance of well-being can provide students with a wide range of learning experiences, skills to solve complex problems, promote sustainable development and thus contribute to enhancing global well-being.

Through the keynotes and presentations of the 2024 Pedaforum Days, we will examine higher education pedagogy as a builder of global well-being and also focus more broadly on current phenomena in higher education pedagogy through the following sub-themes.

In Finland, there is extensive cooperation in higher education development and research with global actors. The theme is explored from a variety of perspectives. Have you considered, for example, the following questions?

  • What are the pedagogical challenges facing higher education institutions in a global context (e.g. educational export)?
  • How should the differences between education systems of different countries be noticed in the development of higher education pedagogy?
  • What methods and approaches notice diverse cultural and social perspectives?
  • What is the impact of global cooperation in education?
  • How can international cooperation be organized? What models and practices work best?
  • How to create dialogical co-creation?
  • How can higher education pedagogy support global well-being and sustainable development?

  • In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the overall well-being of the higher education community. Higher education pedagogy plays a key role in supporting and building well-being. The theme of well-being is explored from the following perspectives.

  • What supports and challenges the well-being of higher education students and teachers?
  • What How well-being is shown in higher education communities?
  • How can we support the well-being of higher education communities?
  • What is the role of pedagogical leadership in building well-being?

  • Sustainability and accessibility are cross-cutting themes that cannot be ignored in higher education research and development. Have you considered these themes through questions such as:

  • What are sustainable values in higher education pedagogy?
  • How and what kind of values does higher education pedagogy build?
  • How higher education pedagogy enables the development of ethically sustainable competences?
  • How to ensure that teaching and learning are of high quality from an ethical perspective?
  • How do we ensure that higher education is accessible to all?
  • How to support diversity and inclusiveness in higher education?
  • How can well-being be supported by considering the sustainability and accessibility of higher education?

  • Higher education institutions and higher education pedagogy play a key role in supporting continuous learning. The theme of continuous learning will be addressed through questions such as:

  • How are universities responding to the challenges of continuous learning?
  • What assessment methods support continuous learning?
  • What are the key skills for the future that students should learn during their higher education?
  • What is the role of higher education in the framework of continuous learning?
  • How does continuous learning support well-being?
  • High-quality higher education needs to be supported by pedagogical leadership. Have you considered questions such as:

    • What skills does a pedagogical leader need and how is this reflected in practice?
    • How is pedagogical leadership implemented?
    • What is the impact of pedagogical leadership?
    •  How to manage the development of emotional and other future skills?
    • How is pedagogical leadership implemented in hybrid organizations?
    • How can well-being be supported through pedagogical leadership?
    • How can the well-being of educational leaders be supported?

    Higher education institutions face increasing needs to promote cooperation with working life and entrepreneurship. How can higher education pedagogy support the achievement of these goals?

    • How can working life cooperation help to build resilience and the capacity for change?
    • • How to develop teachers’ work-life skills and entrepreneurial competences?
    • • How does working life cooperation develop the working life skills of the future?
    • • What are the new and innovative ways to develop cooperation with working life in higher education?
    • • How is entrepreneurship promoted in higher education?
    • • How are entrepreneurship skills developed in higher education?

    Digitalisation is constantly creating new opportunities for higher education. Have you considered digitalisation through questions such as:

  • What is the role of future technologies in higher education?
    • What are the impacts of increasing digitalisation on well-being and mental health?
    • How is digitalisation changing assessment in higher education?
    • What are the future digital solutions for higher education teaching and learning?
    • How does the Digivisio 2030 support higher education institutions, and how does higher education pedagogy support the implementation of Digivisio 2030?

    AI is creating new opportunities for higher education, but its exploitation and the possibilities and challenges it brings are not yet fully recognised.

    • What opportunities and challenges does AI bring to teaching and learning?
    • How does AI affect student learning and well-being in higher education?
    • How will AI change the skills requirements of teachers and educators?
    • How will AI change assessment in higher education?
    • What are the future prospects for the role of AI in higher education teaching and learning? What do higher education institutions need to consider?
    • What ethical issues should be considered when using AI in higher education?

    Preliminary program

    Tuesday 4.6.​​

    9.00-16.00 Network meetings

    16.00-19.30 Pre party: Tour at the Design Factory from 16.15-17.15. Cocktail event from 17.30.

    Wednesday 5.6.

    9.00–10.00 Registration + coffee

    9.30-9.50 Opening remarks

    9.50-10.40 Latest news on research and education

    10.55–11.55 Session 1

    11.55-13.30 Lunch break

    13.30–15.00 ​Session 2

    15.00–15.30 Coffee break

    15.30–16.30 ​Keynote: Otto Scharmer

    18.15-18.45 Transfers to Vanajanlinna

    19.00 The evening party at Vanajanlinna begins: speeches by Vice President Heidi Ahokallio-Leppälä and Mayor Olli-Poika Parviainen

    19.15-19.30 Distribution of prizes

    19.30-21.00 Dinner

    21.00-21.40 Stand up show: Ernest Lawson

    22.00 Music: Deep Undercover

    23.00 After party at Vanajanlinna

    Thursday 6.6.

    8.00 Registration (open all day)

    9.00–10.30 Session 3

    10.45–12.00 Session 4

    12.00–13.00 Lunch break

    13.00–14.00 Session 5

    14.00–14.30 Coffee break

    14.30–15.30 Keynote: Anne-Birgitta Pessi

    15:30-16.00 Closing: dancer Natasha Lommi, 2025 Pedaforum-info

    Keynote speakers

    Otto Scharmer, a Senior Lecturer at MIT and Founding Chair of the Presencing Institute, has dedicated the past 20 years to helping leaders embrace cross-sector systems transformation.   Through his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge and others), Otto introduced the groundbreaking concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging future. He also co-authored Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming our economy from egocentric to ecocentric. His most recent book The Essentials of Theory U (2018) summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.   

    He co-founded the MITx u-lab, which has activated a vibrant worldwide ecosystem of transformational change involving more than 250,000 users from 186 countries. In collaboration with colleagues, he co-created global Action Learning Labs for UN agencies and SDG Leadership Labs for UN Country Teams in 26 countries, which support cross-sector initiatives for addressing urgent humanitarian crises.    

    Otto earned his diploma and his PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He is a member of the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda, the Club of Rome and the World Future Council. He has won the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award. In 2021, he received the Elevating Humanity Award from the Organizational Development Network.    

    Otto Scharmer’s website 

    Reimagining Higher Education: Transforming Systems For Human and Planetary Flourishing” explores Dr. C. Otto Scharmer’s innovative approach to transforming higher education through the lens of awareness-based systems change. In this keynote, Dr. Scharmer, renowned for his groundbreaking work on Theory U, will guide educators, administrators, and students through the process of reimagining and reshaping learning environments.  
    His keynote aims to shift the educational paradigm from traditional forms, the transfer of knowledge, toward activating agency in terms of co-sensing and co-shaping the emerging future. Participants will delve into a novel systems-thinking based framework for cultivating spaces that encourage deep listening, generative dialogue, co-sensing, and ecosystem leadership practices, aligning educational forms with the urgent challenges facing our planet.  
    Join us for an engaging discussion on shaping the future of higher education to develop learners and leaders capable of rising to the occasion. 

    Photo: Linda Tammisto

    Anne Birgitta Pessi, prof. doc., is fascinated by the themes of human encounter, compassion and meaningfulness. Her mission is to awaken people to reflect on the core of themselves and their communities, on which both well-being and effectiveness are built. What matters most to us? Are people good or bad? How are we compassionate in our everyday lives? How do we best inspire each other? Pessi explores these questions both through provocative reflection and by applying them to the everyday life of a community, such as the world of work. At its heart is the application of international research findings to a specific target group.

    Pessi is an international researcher and an inspiring, highly regarded lecturer who is a professor at the University of Helsinki and a regular visiting scholar at Stanford and Boston Universities, among others. She is well known in Finland as a researcher-speaker for numerous companies, as the director of the CoPassion research project and for her book The Transformative Power of Compassion.

    More information about Anne Birgitta Pessi

    A system-smart, thriving higher education community
    This presentation discusses the relationship between individual well-being and a well-being community in higher education. As a working and learning community, institutions are built on respectful interaction and everyday compassion and affection. Community, trust and co-construction already run through the objectives of higher education, but how do we bring these more strongly into everyday life? As a rhetoric, well-being talk can even turn on itself. What can we each do, as individuals and as part of communities, to strengthen the power of humanity?
    The presentation will draw on recent research evidence from home and abroad, but also on reflection on everyday issues, alone and together.


    Registration for Pedaforum 2024 is open from 4th of March to 13th of May 2024.

    2 days, including lunches, coffee and evening party 320 €
    2 days, including lunches and coffee, excluding evening party 240 €

    Students (full-time undergraduate student) (includes lunches, coffee and evening party) 170 €

    HAMK staff, includes lunch, coffee and evening meal 240 €
    HAMK staff, including lunch and coffee, excluding evening party 170 €
    (VAT 0%, when payment is made by internal transfer)

    HAMI staff, including lunches, coffee and evening meal 240 € (incl. VAT 24%)
    HAMI staff, including lunches and coffee, excluding evening party 170 € (incl. VAT 24%)
    Virtual implementation, includes streaming of the auditorium 100 €

    The participation fee(s) is paid when registering for the event. The payment is made with a credit card or with online banking. It is also possible to choose invoicing as payment method. Please make sure that the invoicing details are accurate. Invoice will be sent about a week after registration. 
    HAMK staff: Before filling in the registration form, please make sure that you have the information of your unit and project number for the internal transfer procedure of the registration fee.  

    Cancellation policy: 
    For cancellations received by 13 May 2024, the paid participation fees will be fully refunded.
    No refund will be issued for cancellations made after this date.
    No refunds will be made for no-shows. Participation that has already been registered can be transferred to another person from the same organisation without any extra charge. Cancellations and requests for refunds and registration transfers must always be made by email to  


    Conference participants book and pay for their accommodation themselves.

    Accommodation can be booked at, for example, the following nearby hotels:

    Scandic Aulanko

    Aulangontie 93, 13220 Hämeenlinna

    Rooms can be booked until 20th May 2024 or as per the hotel’s booking situation. At Scandic Aulanko, we can offer the following accommodation prices:

    Room Type Standard: Single room 130 euros per night
    Double room 150 euros per night
    Prices include a rich organic breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and spa access.

    Booking code: BHAM040624

    Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

    Possentie 7 13200 Hämeenlinna

    Rooms can be booked until 21st May 2024.
    Accommodation is offered at the following prices:

    Standard single room 119 euros / room / night
    Standard double room 134 euros / room / night
    Superior single room 136 euros / room / night
    Superior double room 151 euros / room / night

    Room prices include a rich buffet breakfast and VAT.

    Booking code: BPEDAFORUM24

    Scandic Hämeenlinna City

    Raatihuoneenkatu 16, 13100 Hämeenlinna

    Rooms can be booked until 20th May 2024 or as per the hotel’s booking situation.
    From Scandic Hämeenlinna City, we can offer the following:

    Single room 135 euros per night
    Double room 155 euros per night

    Hotelli Emilia

    For GPS: Kasarmikatu 6, 13100 Hämeenlinna

    Rooms can be booked until 4th May 2024.

    Standard single room 99 €/night
    Standard double room 119 €/night
    Superior single room 125 €/night
    Superior double room 139 €/night

    Prices include a rich buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, use of the resident sauna from Tuesday to Thursday, and a 10% discount at the restaurant Piparkakkutalo.

    An extra bed is available in some rooms for an additional 26 €.

    Booking code: Pedaforum24

    Hotelli Vanajanlinna

    Vanajanlinnantie 476, 13330, Hämeenlinna

    Rooms can be booked until 6th May 2024.

    Room price 192€ / single room / day, including breakfast.
    Double room 142€ / person / day, including breakfast.

    Reservations can be cancelled until 21st May with a 25€ administrative fee. Cancellations made after this date will not be refunded, except in cases of illness, for which a certificate must be provided to:

    Booking code: 040624

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