Peter Draper writes:
Greetings from ISSOTL15: the conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, held this year in Melbourne.
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I spent the first three days of my trip at a writing workshop. I am working with geographers, teacher educators and other health professionals to write a paper on the scholarship of placement-based education, with a focus on the students’ experiences. We are doing a systematic literature review (guess whose idea that was) seeking evidence from the student’s perspective, leading to an international, interdisciplinary paper.
The conference proper started on Tuesday evening. This morning I gave a paper with Professor Patrick Crookes from Wollongong University. Our title was ‘Leading Learning and the Scholarship of Change’. We had a good turnout. Check out the picture – the guy on the front row was clean-shaven when we started to speak!
The conference is being held at RMIT – the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. It’s a fantastic place, but don’t come here if you suffer from migraine. The inside of the main auditorium is decked out in a tasteful blend of mint green and plum. I hope they’ve got a different interior designer for the Middleton Hall. It’s surprising how many people you know at these things. I had a chat with Professor Tina Overton who left Hull’s chemistry department a year ago for a job in Melbourne.
Tonight I will attend an international meeting for National Teaching Fellows, then off for a beer and a burger with friends from Manchester Metropolitan University.
I’ll be in touch again soon