• Background

    In 1993, the first Improving Student Learning Symposium was held at Warwick University in the UK. Since then it has become an established event on the international calendar, with up to 200 participants from over 15 countries at each conference. The major aim of the Improving Student Learning Symposia is to provide a forum which brings together those who are primarily researchers into learning in higher education and those who are primarily practitioners concerned more pragmatically with improving their practice, but from whichever starting point, papers are only accepted if they take a sufficiently scholarly, research-based approach.

    It is interesting that it has taken us 14 years before choosing this year's theme - Improving Student Learning Through Teaching. At first sight, not a particularly radical idea, but we must not forget that "teaching without learning is just talking"1.

    Papers are invited which address the theme under any of the following more specific headings:


    1. Teaching methods
    2. Course and programme design
    3. Skills development and lifelong learning
    4. e-Learning
    5. Supporting learners
    6. Diversity and inclusivity
    7. Implementing and managing change and innovation
    8. Institutional strategies
    9. Departmental strategies
    10. Faculty development methods and/or strategies

    1Angelo and Cross, 1993, p3