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The context of the institutional teaching and learning conference: a ground-clearing exercise

Mistry, V (2016) The context of the institutional teaching and learning conference: a ground-clearing exercise. Innovations in Practice, 10 (2). pp. 113-129. ISSN 1757-921X

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Abstract

Institutional teaching and learning conferences are a significant part of the academic calendar in many UK universities. A simple ground-clearing exercise was undertaken to investigate the scale and scope of these events in the 2015/16 academic year. This study notes the impact that national discussions have had on the content and focus of some conferences, and highlights consistencies in theme and sub-theme, with sessions imbued with a learning, teaching or strategic orientation. Institutional teaching and learning conferences are pervasive but their essence is also shaped by institutional culture and mission. However, patterns of conformity were apparent in the way programmes were structured, often with a mix of short paper presentations and workshops. The paper concludes by considering these implications and offers questions for future research. A version of this paper (‘Measured discussion: what UK institutional teaching and learning conferences tell us about ‘what matters most’’) was first presented to the HEIR (Higher Education Institution Research) Conference, hosted by LJMU in September 2016.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conferences; Staff Development; Communities of Practice; Organisational Learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Education and Academic Quality Services
Publisher: LJMU
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 11:58
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 12:07
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9738

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