ISSOTL10: Teaching and learning conference less than a month away!

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International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2010 Conference

The annual ISSOTL is just over a month away and the exciting Conference schedule has been published.  For the first time the Conference will be held in Europe, and in association with Oxford Brookes University, will have the added feature of incorporating the 18th Improving Student Learning symposium.

Over the years the annual ISSOTL conference has increased considerably in popularity and in 2009 over 650 scholars from 15 countries attended the conference in Bloomington, Indiana.  The Organisers are working hard on delivering another first-class conference for everyone associated with teaching and learning in the international higher education industry.

The city of Liverpool is a UNESCO Heritage Site because of its impressive waterfront which, from 19th to 22nd October, will host the 7th annual ISSOTL Conference in the Arena and Conference Centre.

The Conference theme for 2010 is ‘Global theories and local practices: institutional, disciplinary and cultural variations’ is planned to foster discussions between faculty members, staff and students who are all committed and focussed on teaching and learning as serious intellectual work.

The Conference offers the opportunity to meet like minded scholars from many different countries and diverse cultures and to share in experiences and challenges.

The Keynote Speakers selected are internationally recognised as specialists in their fields and have topics that will be discussed are hoped to be ones that all delegates can relate to and learn from:

  • “Global theories and local practices: institutional, disciplinary and cultural variations”
  • Professor Graham Gibbs, National Teaching Fellow, UK
  • “How Professors Think – Culture and Disciplinary Interfaces”
  • Professor Michele Lamont, Harvard University, USA:
  • “Learning across cultures: Opening our minds as well as our doors”
  • Jude Carroll and Janette Ryan, Oxford Brookes University, UK and Monash University, Australia:
  • “Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge”
  • Ray Land and Erik Meyer, University of Strathclyde and University of Durham, UK

To add to this exciting and stimulating programme, the Conference will be held in the dynamic and thriving city of Liverpool where visitors always receive the warmest of welcomes.  We hope we can also welcome you to yet another distinguished and world-class event in October.

There are limited delegate places available and these are going fast.  Online registrations close on 7 October, and must be booked through There is no facility to book onsite.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Smith, Programme Chair
OCSLD, Oxford Brookes University
tel: +44 (0)1865 485902

email: or



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