CEL partners in the Spotlight: Centre for Innovation

This week’s check in is with our close partner at Leiden University, the Centre for Innovation (CFI).

The CFI has been active long before Covid-19 abruptly skyrocketed their overall visibility throughout the University and all its faculties. The CFI has been around for seven years and, under more normal circumstances, works on innovations for education and social good within the themes of Lifelong Learning, Digital Solutions for Education, Learning Experiences and Data & AI for Social Impact.

The CFI works with an innovation maturity model, and part of their work in education is to scale their innovations by transferring knowledge and expertise to the University. Because of this experience, CFI has become the unmissable go-to Centre for expertise and support to teaching staff that were forced to go online as Leiden University shut its doors due to Corona in mid March.

By supporting teachers in getting their classes online and providing the technical assistance where necessary, the CFI, in partnership with other departments in the University, has enabled a smooth as possible transition to remote teaching and is working to ensure that no one is left behind.

They responded quickly to the transition by publishing and sharing as much of their expertise as possible and creating a comprehensive and informative website for teachers and staff. The CFI's top tips and advice for online teaching, learning and working can be found here:
Top tips on online teaching, learning and working 

And the remote teaching website can be found here:
Remote Teaching

This page is structured according to the different needs and interests, and the pages are packed with tips as well as hyperlinks to useful tools and departments within the University that also provide support.

In this way, the Centre for Innovation continues to drive innovation in teaching and learning throughout the Leiden University.