Improving Student Learning symposium 2012

  • Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 
    20 years of ISL

    The conference took place on Wednesday 29 August and finished on Friday 31 August 2012.


    1. Torgny Roxå and Katarina Mårtensson
    2. Dr Rhona Sharpe and Dr Greg Benfield
    3. Professor Graham Gibbs


    The venue this year is at Lund University, Sweden. The university has a 350 year history of teaching and a current position of excellence in international teaching and research. The campus reflects the university’s history, with magnificent buildings separated by cobbled streets and green spaces. The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, Lunds Tekniska Högskola or “LTH” in Swedish.

    Aims and scope

    The major aim of the Symposium 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, and encourages the sharing of scholarly work and collaborative discussion. But from whichever starting point, papers are only accepted if they take a sufficiently scholarly, research-based approach.

    In 2012 we celebrate 20 years of the Improving Student Learning Symposium with a conference theme of ‘Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL’ so this year we especially invite participants to submit proposals which reflect back on what we have learnt over the past two decades, or would want to claim we now understand about student learning, and the research evidence that supports it.

    As interest in improving the student experience has grown, ISL remains the place to discuss the impact of research findings on our practice.  The distinctive format of published papers combined with times set aside for themed discussions is annually welcomed by up to 200 participants from over 15 countries at each conference.