2015 Press Releases

EuroSoTL2015: Bridging boundaries

10 Jun 2015
Photographed at the inaugural European Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, EuroSoTL2015, held in UCC, were L-R: Dr Catherine O Mahony, Dr Marian McCarthy, Dr Bettie Higgs, Dr Sandra Irwin and Professor John O Halloran, Vice President for Teaching & Learning, UCC. (Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC)

The inaugural European Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (EuroSoTL2015), which was held in UCC recently, attracted over 300 delegates.

This was the first regional event of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

The delegates enjoyed two and a half days of stimulating debate on research and scholarship on many aspects of teaching and learning in Higher Education. They came from not only Europe, but as far afield as New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Western Canada. All had a common focus – to improve student learning.

The delegates included a number of postgraduate and undergraduate students who presented the results of their own emerging research into challenges in teaching and learning. During the conference, senior scholars shared their expertise with those new to the field, and encouraged open dialogue.

With almost 100 oral presentations on offer and 50 poster presentations, many ideas and initiatives have now been shared around the world.

UCC’s Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Professor John O’Halloran, in his welcome to the delegates, said: “We are delighted and proud to host the first European Regional Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.”

The initiative is likely to be the first of many in the European region given this initial success. A firm proposal to hold the next EuroSoTL event in the University of Lund in Sweden in 2017 was met with unanimous approval by delegates.

Further details can be obtained from Dr Bettie Higgs. The 2015 conference was live-tweeted by several candidates, with a feed available here.

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