Non-Degree / Dates: 7-11 JANUARY 2019

Former title – Educational Innovation: What is Behind the PISA Results

This course aims to create opportunities to critically analyze contemporary educational reforms on individual, organisational and system level taking into consideration the context of local educational policy and socio-cultural realities in order to promote knowledge creation and educational innovation.

Each day is devoted to one of the key elements in 21 century school. From usage of ICT to teacher leadership, from creating empowering environment to smart classroom designs, from school leader’s role in student’s outcomes to teachers’ professional development.

Why this course?

  • Participants will learn about Estonian school system and the reasons behind latest educational policy changes including international trends.

  • Participants will broaden their understanding on what is a school leaders´ role in supporting teachers and teacher leaders.

  • Participants will learn how to better make use of educational technology and data.


Tobias Ley is a Professor of Learning Analytics and Educational Innovation at the School of Educational Sciences at Tallinn University. His research interest are in technology-enhanced learning and knowledge management, human computer and human information interaction, adaptive learning systems, collaborative knowledge building, and social computing. He received his PhD in Psychology and Knowledge Management from the University of Graz.

Professor Eve Eisenschmidt, the head of the curriculum, has been a teacher, head of Tallinn University College in Haapsalu, Vice-Rector of Tallinn University and now a professor of educational management and policy. Her field of knowledge is in the area of teacher education, leadership and quality assurance. She is a highly valued evaluator of higher education programmes and insitutions around Europe and educational policy adviser in Estonia.

Kadi Georg

Merlin Linde

Adolfo Ruiz


Every day except Wednesday there will be three lectures, each 1,5 h. On Wednesday there will be a field trip to a local innovative school. Please see also the full programme.


The course is meant for Master students or MA graduates with an interest in education. High level of efficiency in English is required (at least B2).
Participants are expected to read the materials sent to them prior to the winter school week.

Credit points

Students who are present the whole period and successfully present their assignment on one of the topics “We wanted the best but the outcome was as usual – example of how innovation did not work” or “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills” are awarded 3 ECTS. The work needs to analyze one innovation in their home country, what was the need behind it, how was it constructed, inclusion of people, outcomes etc. The students needs to refer to new knowledge from the course and as well to various academic literature (please use APA style referencing).
We encourage participants to use un-traditional presentation methods (video, photo story, audio etc).
Works need to be sent to by 25th of January 2019

Course fee

250 EUR

Accommodation and meals are not included in the the price.