Sharing pedagogical innovation among EPFL teachers and researchers

Why lunch&LEARN?

At the Center LEARN we have the mission to develop evidence-based educational practices and support innovative teaching and learning.

In order to capture and showcase some interesting examples, we have set up a series of lunch&LEARN sessions which portray projects from the community and their respective teaching and learning experiences.

The aim of lunch&LEARN sessions is to gather an audience interested in novel and effective learning and teaching approaches, and create a rich discussion around successful paradigms based on evidence.


As an informal event, lunch&LEARN allows participants to have their meals while gaining new insights about interesting pedagogical approaches, opening possibilities for knowledge sharing and further collaborations.

Get involved

Keep up with our upcoming lunch&LEARN sessions, by subscribing to the Center LEARN memento.

You have a topic to suggest or want to moderate a session? Contact us on [email protected].


Our guests encompass a range of innovative teachers from EPFL as well as researchers from labs working on learning (CHILIREACTMOBOTS, ML4ED), service units (CEDECAPE), and educators with new visions for education at EPFL.

This event is open to EPFL teachers and teaching assistants interested in innovative teaching and learning and, regardless of whether you are curious or doubtful, active participation in lunch&LEARN discussions is very welcomed!

Upcoming Session

All past sessions and recordings

“3T PLAY: designing an activity to teach transversal skills with tangible objects” by Nicola Winzenried and Siara Isaac.

“Introducing digital education at scale: EPFL’s contribution to the EduNum project” by Francesco Mondada

  • Interaction between Moral Reasoning and Imagination: Critical Perspectives and Pedagogical Implications

Yousef Jalali

Session recording

  • Piazza as a service tool for asynchronous learning – preliminary results

Patrick Jermann

Session recording

  • Preparing to learn linear algebra

Vera Baumgartner (ETH Zürich)

Session recording

  • Using web-based computational chemistry software to teach first-year students

Luc Patiny

Session recording

  • Emotional experiences in the first year at university: empirical findings and implications

Alexandra Niculescu

Session recording

  • Climate & Sustainability Action Week

Michka Mélo, Nicola Banwell, Eric Domon

Session recording

  • Transversal skills – where we are and where we are going

Kathryn Hess, Helena Kovacs, Julien Delisle

Session recording

  • Developing expertise – practical approach to teaching in hands-on settings

Siara Isaac, Roland Tormey

Session recording

  • Computational thinking assessment

Marc Lafuente

Session recording and publication

  • How can we make and use educational videos in higher education?

Annechien Helsdingen, Matthew Goodman, Patrick Jermann

Session recording

  • Which professional skills do students learn in engineering team-based projects?

Cyril Picard, Cécile Hardebolle, Roland Tormey, Jürg Schiffmann

Session recording and publication

  • Is it possible to teach a first year subject in a more inclusive way? Our experience in Linear Algebra

Simone Deparis, Roland Tormey, Himanshu Verma, Cécile Hardebolle

Session recording

  • Teaching under lockdown: what we know and what it means

Helena Kovacs

Session recording and slides

  • Teaching online laboratories

Christophe Salzmann, Denis Gillet

Session recording and slides

  • On motivation

Caroline Pulfrey

Session recording, slides and questionnaire

  • EPFL Graph Search

Francisco Pinto, Patrick Jermann

Session recording and slides

  • Transferable skills in student engineering projects

Ivan Istomin

Session recording and slides

  • Scaffolding engineering students’ thinking from paper-based exercises to open-ended projects: towards epistemic sophistication

Siara Isaac


  • Investigating collaboration as a process with theory-driven learning analytics

Carmel Kent, Mutlu Cukurova (UCL)

Session recording and slides

  • Configuration of learning and teaching spaces

Isabelle Lermigeaux-Sarrade

Session recording and slides

Roman Brügger, Guillaume Zufferey, Yves Piguet, Jan Rihak

  • Human resilience against automation, robotics and artificial intelligence: how to predict and improve it

Rafael Lalive (UNIL), Nicola Nosengo

Session recording and slides

  • Design, implementation and evaluation of the Flipped Classroom model in a mandatory Linear Algebra course

Simone Deparis, Cécile Hardebolle, Roland Tormey, Himanshu Verma

Session recording and slides

  • Maker education in higher education: what’s possible?

Paulo Blikstein (Columbia University)

Session recording and slides

  • Active learning: from concepts to blended implementation with open access platform

Denis Gillet, Juan Carlos Farah


  • Teaching programming to large classes with Jupyter Notebooks

Mauro Cherubini, Thibault Estier (UNIL)

Session recording and slides

  • Improgineering

Simon Henein, Susanne Martin


  • Developing a questionnaire to assess interdisciplinary project management skills

Marc Laperrouza, Roland Tormey


  • FROG for classroom orchestration

Stian Haklev

Session recording and slides