Non-Degree / Dates: 9-13 July

This course aims to create opportunities to critically analyze contemporary educational reforms on individual, organisation 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.

On each day the students will focus on one core aspect of educational innovation and the improvement of learning/teaching quality ranging from technology to psychology, from teacher leadership to non-formal education.

Lecturers and their topics:
Eve Eisenchmidt – The role of a leader in the 21th century school (Innovation in Leadership, Educational Culture)
Anneli Veispak – How learning happens (Learning Psychology)
Mati Heidmets – What causes big innovations? (Educational Innovation)
Tobias Ley – How to benefit from technology in education (Educational Technology)

At the end of the course, the participants are able to critically analyse the affects and influence of educational change and outcomes of interventions.

Why this course?

  • You will have a clear overview of how Estonian school system works and has developed to support one of the world’s best PISA results.

  • You will broaden your understanding on what is a school leader’s role in supporting teachers and teacher leaders.

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


Prof. Eve Eisenchmidt, 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 institutions around Europe and educational policy adviser in Estonia.

Prof. Mati Heidmets has been in higher education since 1979. Working in the field of social sciences, psychology and, of course, education. He has been the adviser for Estonian Prime Minister and awarded with the Order of the White Star and the Order of the National Coat of Arms. Today, he leads the Centre for Innovation in Education, being also a professor of social psychology.

Anneli Veispak is a young and inspiring scientist, expert in the field of special education. With a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University of Amsterdam and PhD in Educational Sciences from University of Leuven, she is bringing a lot of international experience to the programme. Today Anneli Veispak is a visiting lecturer for Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences and the head of the Special Education BA curriculum.

Tobias Ley is the ERA Chair Professor for Learning Analytics and Educational Innovation, and he leads the Center of Excellence in Educational Innovation at Tallinn University. He leads a team of scientists who work together with schools to form “Living Labs” by introducing new forms of online data collection tools and helping teachers make their everyday work more research-based. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and has been Programme and General Chair for the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL).


Every day except Wednesday there will be two lectures, each 1,5 h. On Wednesday there will be a field trip to witness innovative ideas implemented in education.

Please see the full programme here.


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). The course is limited to 24 participants.

Credit points

Students who are present the whole period and successfully present their essay by July 20th will be granted 3 ECTS and a certificate of completion. The essay is on the topic: “Contributors to PISA success”. Participants need to include all the fields and topics covered in the course, use academic articles, clearly address the raised issue topic and add their own ideas.

Course fee

Early-Bird Course Fee (until March 31, 2018)300€
Regular Course Fee (after March 31, 2018)330€

Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.

NB! Read also about scholarships! (The deadline for applying for a scholarship for summer 2018 has passed!)