International Teaching Week


Many borders might be closed and travelling might not be as easy as before, but international cooperation at the Faculty of Physical Culture lively continues in the online world. As every semester, we asked great experts from all over the world to be our guest speakers at the 17th International Teaching Week, which is held online for the second time this academic year. We are very lucky that modern technology enables us to organize our annual event even during the Covid-19 pandemic and that so many academicians accepted our invitation and prepared truly interesting lectures for our students and staff.

You can choose from a great variety of topics from the field of sport sciences including sport pedagogy, adapted physical activity, biomechanics, physiotherapy, management in sports and many others. Ten guest speakers from our partner institutions in Montenegro, Canada, Iran, Israel and Serbia will show you that there are always a lot of new exciting facts you can learn and we hope you will enjoy their presentations as much as in the previous years.

List of Topics


Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere – University of Alberta, Canada

As an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, I am grateful for opportunities to teach and research in the field of Adapted Physical Activity. Within this field, I find myself exploring curiosities and questioning assumptions associated with research paradigms, models of disability, and inclusion. I am deeply committed to work that foregrounds the experiences of disability communities and attempts to disrupt normative ways of thinking. I am a mom of two cool kids, I love to run, and play Ultimate frisbee.

Unfinished: Inclusion in Adapted Physical Activity

John Spence – University of Alberta, Canada

Professor John Spence spends most of his time relaxing in the Sedentary Living Laboratory in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. He has expertise in the area of behavioural medicine and research methods. His research focuses on both the benefits and determinants of physical activity and how physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour influence health. More recently, he has focused on (a) factors that impact mobility and active transportation; and, (b) the role of policy initiatives such as tax credits for promoting physical activity. His hobbies include hiking in the nearby mountains and promoting Canadian wine.

An Evolutionary Perspective on Physical Activity and Inactivity

Sharon Tsuk – Academic College at Wingate, Israel

Dr. Tsuk is a researcher and lecturer in exercise physiology, particularly the improvement of performance and health. She is the Head of the Cardiovascular Physical Activity Rehabilitation Program at the Academic College at Wingate, Israel. Her PhD thesis on physiology and biochemistry orientation was conducted at the Tel Aviv University. Dr. Tsuk's research areas include physical activity for cardiac rehabilitation and stroke survivors, improving exercise performance using substances, devices, and new physical methods. Her aim is to increase participation of stroke survivors in physical activity following the rehabilitation phase.

Physical Activity for Patients after Stroke

Lecture is divided into two parts, both are available on Google Disk: click here to se Part one and Part two.

Bojan Mašanović – University of Montenegro, Montenegro

Bojan Mašanović joined the University of Montenegro in 2017, where he currently works as an Assistant Professor, and as the Head of the Research in Sports and Biomechanics in Sports. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Anthropology of Sport and Physical Education and an Ad-Hoc Reviewer in several international journals. The focus of Professor Mašanović's lecture is to present to the audience the simplicity of the application of Advanced Information Technologies in searching databases during research work, and all this with the aim of encouraging students from the field of sports sciences to use them as much as possible, and thus make the research work simple and interesting for themselves.

Application of Advanced Information Technologies in the Field of Sport Sciences

Dragan Radovanović – University of Niš, Serbia

Dragan Radovanović is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Health Sciences at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Nis, Serbia. He is a specialist in Sports Medicine and served for many years as a team physician and expert consultant to various elite athletes, sports clubs, and university selections. He has been engaged in research on exercise physiology, exercise testing, physical activity and health for over 20 years. He enjoys traveling, skiing, tennis, and still trying to participate in recreational 3x3 basketball.

Physiotherapy in Prevention and Rehabilitation of Ski Injuries

Milovan Ljubojević – University of Montenegro, Montenegro

Professor Milovan Ljubojevic, currently working at the University of Montenegro, started his carrier as a teacher in high school and as a conditioning coach of the senior Basketball team Danilovgrad (Premier League), later Woman’s and Men’s Basketball Club Budućnost Podgorica. In parallel he is a fitness coach to all national selections in Basketball federation of Montenegro. In his presentation, he will try to put a focus on specifics of working with basketball players in Montenegro, as the smallest country that participated in World championships. Also, he will present results that the national team of Montenegro achieved when it was a part of another country formation – Yugoslavia and results achieved later when Montenegro regained its independence.

Specific Methods in Developing Basketball Players in Montenegro

Danilo Bojanić – University of Montenegro, Montenegro

Danilo Bojanic graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro, on July 6th, 2008. His PhD dissertation was defended on June 1, 2016, at the Faculty for Sports and Physical Education, University of Montenegro. He is an author or a co-author of several original scientific papers published in international journals and he participated in international and national conferences. He is a member of the organizing committee of the Sport Journal, Physical Education and Health, "Sport Mont". He is a reviewer in journals that are indexed in web of science databases. In his free time, he likes to stay in nature and to practice activities such as hiking, mountaineering, cycling, rafting and canyoning.

Morphological Characteristics and Body Composition of Elite Volleyball Players

Hossein Akbari Yazdi – Khazarmi University Tehran, Iran

Hossein Akbari Yazdi has been working as an assistant professor in Sports Management Department at Kharazmi University since 2013. The lessons he teaches at his department deal with topics such as measurement and statistical methods, strategic management, quality management or branding and marketing. He is also an official course director of international Olympic Solidarity, preparing lessons for advanced sport management courses. In his research Dr. Akbari focuses on strategic planning and management in sport, quality management in sport and branding and marketing in sport. He contributed to codifying strategic plans for many important organizations in Iran such as the National Olympic Committee of Iran, Women’s Sports of Iran and others.

Barriers of Successful Implementation of Strategic Plans in Sport Organizations

Rasoul Yaali – Khazarmi University Tehran, Iran

Rasoul Yaali has been working as an assistant professor in motor behavior (motor learning and control) at Kharazmi University since 2012. He prepares Badminton, Motor learning and Motor Development lessons for undergraduate students, and Advanced Motor Learning, Skill Acquisition and Motor Control lessons for master and Ph.D. students at his department. His research focuses on three subjects: a) the role of motor learning methods for increasing creativity nad injury prevention, b) new methods for educating sport skills such as NLP or DL, c) attention and its effects on motor learning and control. Dr. Yaali is also a former player of the Iranian national badminton team and he won several championships in this sport.

Teaching Creativity in Sport

Ali Abbasi – Khazarmi University Tehran, Iran

Ali Abbasi has been an assistant professor in Sports Biomechanics at Kharazmi University since 2014. He has been preparing Gymnastics, Kinesiology, and Sports Biomechanics lessons for undergraduate students, and Biomechanics Laboratory and Functional Anatomy for master and Ph.D. students at his department. His researches focus on three subjects: 1) Coordination variability of segments and joints during different athletic tasks, 2) Machine Learning in Biomechanics and 3) Gait Analysis. His hobbies are mountain biking and playing the piano with his little girl.

The Effect of Menstrual Cycle on Lower Extremity Coordination Variability during Roundhouse Kick in Female Taekwondo Players

About ITW

Our International Teaching Week (ITW) is a small teaching event with big impact. During this week 6–10 incoming teachers have classes for altogether about 500 students (mostly home students but also international ones). The ITW guarantees realization of at least 8 teaching hrs (usually in 4 teaching units, each of them for a group up to 20 students) per each participating teacher.

The ITW is held twice an academic year: November in autumn semester and April in spring semester. Language of instruction is English.

Participating teachers won’t only teach, but also have possibility (if interested in) to visit classes of other ITW colleagues, to meet their "same-teaching-area" Czech colleagues, to discuss prospective research and project topics of common interest, to visit our modern application centre BALUO, to experience welcome dinner in a real Czech pub and to discover beauties of our wonderful historical city Olomouc.

The ITW was developed as a tool of "internationalization at home" and as a motivational feature of English language classes. Once in a semester, students of Bachelor’s degree have, instead of their regular English language class, a lecture/seminar/workshop/class in gym with an international, English speaking teacher. This is the core of the ITW but classes of the ITW teachers are also included in other courses related to their field of expertise according to the teaching topic/s they offer.

Realization of the ITW is based on support of the Erasmus+ programme. Teachers wishing to participate are kindly recommended to ask at their home institution for possibility of getting an Erasmus+ grant for teaching mobility. For this purpose your institution needs to have Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreement with Palacký University Olomouc.

We welcome also colleagues for Erasmus+ staff training. The ITW friendly environment offers young academics opportunity to get their first experience in teaching abroad.  These young academics can prepare just one teaching topic and repeat it four or five times for different groups of students. To realize staff training, the Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreement is not needed.

Good command in English (at least B2 according to CEFR for non-native speakers) is essential to be accepted as our ITW teacher.

If you wish to participate or get more information, please contact Tereze Havlová (

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that a photographic and audio-visual record for reporting purposes of Palacký University Olomouc may be made and subsequently published. A person taking a photo or recording a video for Palacký University Olomouc will be clearly marked and you can get more information from them or ask them not to be captured on the record. You can also inform them any time later.

We look forward to meeting you and experiencing your teaching in Olomouc :-)

Short video from the 15th ITW

Nine lecturers from Israel, Iran, Portugal, Serbia, Canada and USA gave lectures and led practical lessons during the 15th ITW for our domestic and international students.


Anat Farkash (Israel):

"Not only did I make professional contacts but also personal ones. The receiving staff at Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, went out of their way to enable a very high level of professional and personal experience. The interaction with the students was perfect and the interaction with fellow foreign lecturers was simply wonderful. I personally met a fellow local colleague in my field. This already led to a professional cooperation and my personal development in means of possible further Ph.D. studies. I would like to thank all staff of Faculty of Physical Culture for their efficient professional collaboration and their personal warm welcome."

Gord Inglis (Canada):

“The International Teaching Week at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic in November, 2019 was a tremendous educational and cultural experience. This multi-national teaching and knowledge exchange brought together inspiring faculty from 6 countries and the result was an empowering week. The very high level of professionalism, expertise and engagement at all levels, from the planning and hosting arrangements, to the staff and faculty support for us as visiting faculty, to the engaged students during the lecture presentations, the cultural activities and the rich interactions and connections with both the host faculty and staff and the other visiting faculty, created a truly very valuable and fulfilling venture. Thank you sincerely for this most wonderful time at your great institution.”

Previous ITWs

ITW has a long tradition at the Faculty of Physical Culture, which has in the framework of this event hosted over 80 international guest teachers from all around the world. Check out the details of previous ITWs, including gallery, timetables and the teachers’ profiles.


December 2020

Teachers and their topics

Amber Mosewich, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada:
Athlete Coping and Development During COVID-19

Cora Burnett. University of Johannesburg, South Africa:
Gender in Sport Through a Lens of Human Justice

James Richards, University of Central Lancashire, UK:
Understanding Clinical Subgroups and Targeted Treatments for People with Patellofemoral Pain

Michael Pratt, University of California San Diego, USA:
The Challenge of Implementing Physical Activity Policies and Guidelines

Sandra Mandic, Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand:
Setting up and Running a Research Project: A Look Behind the Scene

Marija Rakovac, University of Zagreb, Croatia:
Determinants of Thermoregulatory Responses During Physical Activity

Mojtaba Kaviani, Acadia University, Canada:
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sleep during Pandemic

Jo Roberts, Wilderness Foundation, UK:
Introduction to Wilderness Therapy: Theory and Practice

Miriam Palomo Nieto, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain:
Clumsiness and Motor Competence: How Can We Deal With These Children in PE Lessons?

Shira Robbins, Wingate College, Israel:
Advertising and The Brain Chemicals

15th ITW

November 4th–8th 2019

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Manuel A. Janeira, University of Porto, Portugal
Gord Inglis, Camosun College, Canada
Sigalit Dasa, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Anat Farkas, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Ratko Stanković, University of Niš, Serbia
Saša Milenković, University of Niš, Serbia
Donald Roberson, Palacký University/University of Georgia, Czech Republic/USA
Ali Abbasi, Khrazmi University of Teheran, Iran
Faezeh Pakravan, Khrazmi University of Teheran, Iran

14th ITW

April 1st–5th 2019

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Araki Tatsuo, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
Faezeh Pakravan, Kharazmi University of Tehran, Iran
Chalak Majidi, Kharazmi University Tehran, Iran
Shahab Parvinpour, Kharazmi University Tehran, Iran
Fiona Ling, Northumbria University, UK
Katherine Baker, Northumbria University, UK
Thomas Jones, Northumbria University, UK
Slawomir Winiarski, University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Poland
Nemanja Stankovic, University of Niš, Serbia
Petar Mitić, University of Niš, Serbia
Noa Choresh, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Orly Kayam, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel

13th ITW

November 5th–9th 2018

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Reza Abdollahipour (Iran), Palacký University Olomouc
Carolina Casado Robles, University of Granada, Spain
Suzete Chiviacowsky, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil
William Land, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Chunyan Long, Beijing Sport University, China
Laura Victoria Rivera Amézquita, Del Rosario University, Colombia
Donald Roberson (USA), Palacký University Olomouc
Simona Šafaříková, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
Qin Zhen, Beijing Sport University, China

12th ITW

April 9th–13th 2018

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Ali Abbasi, Kharazmi University, Iran
Pia Simona Făgăraș, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Târgu Mures, Romania
Malgorzata Fortuna, Karkonosze College in Jelenia Góra, Poland
Farhad Ghadiri, Kharazmi University, Iran
Patricia Jackman, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Neda Khaledi, Kharazmi University, Iran
Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Haydn Morgan, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Pezhman Motamedi, Kharazmi University, Iran
Franky Mulloy, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Donna Windard, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

11th ITW

November 6th–10th 2017

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Reza Abdollahipour (Iran), Palacký University Olomouc
Alex Carre, Centre for Sport and Exercise Education, Camosun College, Canada
Lenka Dušková, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc
Fan Gaosheng, Beijing Sport University, China
Sevim Güllü, Istanbul University, Turkey
Simona Šafaříková, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc
Gregory J. Welk, Iowa State University, College of Human Sciences, USA

10th ITW

April 3rd–7th 2017

List of topics

Teachers and their topics

Adela Badau, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tirgu Mures, Romania
Dana Badau, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tirgu Mures, Romania
Marie Biermann, Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, Germany
Cora Burnett, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Billy Graeff, Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Brasil
Debbie Hellerstein, Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Anastasyia Khomutova, University of Brighton, UK
Engela van der Klashorst, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Geoff Kohe, University of Worcester, UK
Yael Netz, Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Graham Spacey, University of Brighton, UK
Sima Zach, Academic College at Wingate, Israel

Photogallery on Facebook

8th ITW

April 8th–14th 2016

List of topics

Teachers and their topics

Justyna Cieplik: Railway Heritage Tourism – Polish and Czech Perspective
Jonathan Hughes: Monitoring Neuromuscular Performance in Team Sport Athletes; Neuromuscular Readiness to Perform in Fileld Based Sports
Jolanta Jablonkowska: Backpacking – A Comtemporary Form of Travel
Bilal Karakoc: Sport Ergonomics; Sport Marketing
Geoffery Kohe: Advertures in an Olympic State; Finding Unexpected Plaesure in Physical Activity Obsession: Geocaching, Healthy Lifestyles and Global Participatory Communities
Malcolm McLean: Developing Community Health & Physical Activity Interventions: What Are We Trying to Achieve?; Assessing Comunity Health & Physical Activity Interventions: How Do We Know They Work?
Kwok Ng: Using International Classification of Functioning (ICF) as a Part of Physical Activity Assessment
Ahmet Haktan Sivrikaya: Do You Know HEMSBALL?

7th ITW

November 2nd–6th 2015


Teachers and their topics

Jeff J. Martin: Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology: From Paralympics to Physical Activity Participation
Mary-Grace de La Peña & Shaheera Ajmal: Reliability of Breathing Assessment and Chest Expansion Measurement in Children
Nuala O'Donovan: Irish Dancing
Eliza Souza: Forró: A Brazilian Dance
Ilse Hemmelmayr: Table Climbing
Reza Abdollahipour: Sport Tourism in Iran
Milena Vagaja: Inclusive Education in Serbia
Peter Rehor: Academic and Professional Opportunities in the US, Canada & Australia in Sport Science and P.E.
Donald N. Roberson, Jr.: Research in Leisure Time
Shuang Chen: Tai Chi

6th ITW

April 13th–17th 2015


Teachers and their topics

Alessandra Maria Pinto Pereira (Spain)
Irem Uz (Turkey)
Nilay Arman (Turkey)

5th ITW

November 3rd–7th 2014

List of topics

4th ITW

April 7th–11th 2014

List of topics

3rd ITW

November 4th–8th 2013

List of topics

2nd ITW

April 15th–19th 2013

List of topics

1st ITW

November 5th–9th 2012

List of topics