University of Dublin, Trinity College
27 June 2012

Threshold Concepts Conference

The 2012 Threshold Concepts Conference was the National Academy's 6th Annual Conference and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, and attracted close to 300 delegates over the two days.

Certificates of Attendance:
Please scroll through the certs at the following link Certificate of Attendance (pdf) to locate your individual certificate.

Keynote Presentations:
Please click here to view the four keynote presentations from the 2012 Threshold Concepts conference.

Programme: Conference programme (pdf)
Book of abstracts (pdf)

Student Symposium
A free pre-conference symposium took place on June 27th from 2-4pm for delegates new to the area of Threshold Concepts.The workshops addressed the following themes.
Workshop 1: Background to Threshold Concepts
Workshop 2: Introduction to Decoding the Disciplines

Conference Publication:
Conference proceedings will follow the 2012 International Conference. Paper and Pecha Kucha presenters are invited to submit a paper for consideration. The draft paper is due on June 20th with a final version to follow on July 20th. Posters presented at the conference will also be considered for inclusion in the proceedings CD ROM and .ppt files submitted by June 27th. Please adhere to the author/poster guidelines

Keynote Speakers
Professor Patrick Carmichael
Patrick Carmichael is Professor of Education at the University of Stirling. He has been a Principal Investigator of a number of educational and education technology research projects, including several which have applied and explored the ideas of 'threshold concepts' and 'troublesome knowledge' in widely divergent educational settings. His recent work has focused particularly on teaching and learning in interdisciplinary settings and on rethinking the nature of 'design' as it applies to learning technologies.
Professor Glynis Cousin
Glynis Cousin is the Director of the Institute of Learning Enhancement in the University of Wolverhampton. She has joined the University from her previous role as Senior Advisor at the Higher Education Academy. She is one of the UK’s foremost educational researchers and has extensive experience working with teachers in many disciplines. Throughout her work as a higher education researcher and developer Glynis has published in the areas of diversity, internationalisation, evaluation and pedagogic research. She is also strongly associated with the field of curriculum inquiry that is centred on threshold concept theory. Her most recent book Researching Learning in Higher Education has just been published by Routledge.

Professor Ray Land
Ray Land PhD is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Research at Durham University, UK. He is a member of the OECD international expert panel for Higher Education and has also acted as consultant to the European Commission. His research interests include academic development, threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge, research-teaching linkages, and theoretical aspects of digital learning. He has recently edited two new volumes: Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning (2010) and Digital Difference: Perspectives on Online Learning (2011) both published by Sense Publishers.

Dr Bettie Higgs
Bettie Higgs is the co-director of the Teaching and Learning Centre at University College Cork and is also a lecturer in the Department of Geology. She is interested in the nature of learning, and the public understanding of science, and since 2002 she has also coordinated activities designed to support staff in their teaching and learning role in University College Cork. She was a 2005 Carnegie Scholar, at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and received an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2007. She is also an associate lecturer for The Open University, and she tutors geology to students in the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, UCC.

Related Links:

Videos and presentations from 2011 Threshold Concepts Symposium
Mick Flanagan's Threshold Concepts portal
Report by Erik J. Meyer and Ray Land; Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge

The registration fee for the conference was €200. Staff in the 37 Higher Education Institutions linked to NAIRTL and associated educational bodies are eligible for a fee waiver.

For a full refund, notification of cancellation should have been received by the end May of 2012. Please note: if wiring fee from abroad, charges may be applied by Bank. Please allow for this when making the transfer. 

Time: 9 am

Venue: Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin; See:

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