University College Cork
8 June 2015

EuroSoTL 2015: Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Inaugural EuroSoTL Conference
EuroSoTL 2015 was held in University College Cork on 8-9 June 2015 and attracted more than 300 delegates. The conference theme Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning encouraged stimulating debate amongst the delegates. More than 20 countries were represented at the conference with attendees from across Europe as well as further afield such as New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, the US and Canada.

Keynote videos
The keynote presentations are available to view at the following link.  

Conference programme and proceedings
The full Conference Programme and Book of Abstracts are available here.  The Conference Proceedings takes the form of an interactive table of contents and can be accessed here.

Presenter guidelines 
The conference featured three presentation styles.
- 20 minute papers (inclusive of time for Q&A)
Pecha Kucha presentations comprised of a maximum of 20 slides and a talk length of 7 minutes.
Lightning papers which were allocated 7 minutes with an additional 3 minutes for discussion.

Workshops were allocated 60-90 minutes and panel discussions range from 45-90 minutes (please see programme for details).

Poster guidelines 

The maximum poster size was A0 in portrait orientation. Poster presentations took place during lunch and coffee breaks.

Keynotes speakers 

 Professor Kathy Takayama, President of ISSOTL, Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning and Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University, USA
“Cultivating learning cultures: Reflective habits of mind and the value of uncertainty”
 Professor Veronica Bamber, Chair of the QAA ‘Student Transitions’ Enhancement theme and Director of the Centre for Academic Practice in Queen Margaret University, UK
Making the most of SoTL to support students in the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate taught students
 Professor Joelle Fanghanel, Professor of Higher Education and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development & Scholarship), University of West London, UK
“Defining SoTL - Still a challenge after twenty-five years”

Plenary Panel:"Conceptions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"
Discussions based around video contributions by:
  • Professor Pat Hutchings, Senior Associate and former Vice President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USA
  • Professor Mick Healey, Higher Education consultant and researcher, and Emeritus Professor, University of Gloucestershire, UK
    Professor Peter Felten, Elon University, USA
Pre-Conference Workshop
A series of pre-conference workshops were held on Sunday, June 7th from 4-6pm. "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - an introductory workshop" and "Using Decoding the Disciplines to Ease Students Through Key Transitions".
About us:
The conference organising team was comprised of the following members:
  • Dr Bettie Higgs, VP ISSOTL Europe, Co-Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geology at University College Cork, Ireland
  • Dr Katarina Mårtensson, VP ISSOTL Europe, Academic Developer at Lund University, Sweden
  • Dr Catherine O Mahony, Manager of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, Ireland
  • Dr Joanna Renc-Roe, Lecturer in the Center for Teaching and Learning, Central European University, Hungary
  • Dr Kirsten Hardie, Chair of the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows, Associate Professor, Arts University Bournemouth, UK

Welcome reception: June 7th
Conference dinner: June 8th

The conference organisers would like to acknowledge the receipt of support from Fáilte Ireland, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and University College Cork.

Time: 7-9 June

Venue: Western Gateway Building and North Wing, Main Quadrangle, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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