8.2 Conferences and publication

The past ten years has seen a great increase in the number of teaching and learning related conferences and journals.

Practitioner research conferences

Probably the most well-established conferences for practitioner research and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL are:

  • Improving Student Learning (ISL)
  • Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
  • HEA Annual Conference
  • LondonSOTL
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL

SRHE and ISL pre-existed the more recent interest in SoTL in the United Kingdom, although there is considerable overlap between the types of papers presented at the conferences and more obviously SoTL related conferences. SRHE is a also a membership organization which runs a wide range of events and networks of relevance to practitioner research. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) also runs a series of events and conferences, as well as providing resources to supporting teaching and learning in Higher Education.

An increasing number of unversities within the UK also run teaching focussed conferences. They are primarily aimed at internal staff, although some accept participants from other institutions and a few are also open to external presenters. In some cases these require participants to submit a full paper in advance, and so provide an opportunity to publish. Those which are open to external presenters include:

  • iPED, Coventry University
  • Plymouth University

Practitioner research journals

There are a wide range of journals which accept articles based on practitioner research, some quite general and some more specific to particular aspects of teaching and learning, such as assessment and the use of learning technologies. Some may prefer larger scale research so it is worth checking in advance whether your particular project would be considered for publication. Relevant journals include:

  • Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
  • Active Learning in Higher Education
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE)
  • Studies in Higher Education
  • PESTLHE (Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)

Technology and distance learning conferences and publications

Conferences and journals relating to the use of technology or to distance learning are of particular relevance to practitioner research conducted at the Open University.

Because of the fast moving nature of technology, quite a few conferences within the computer aided learning field require full papers at submission. As such, some conferences within this field are seen as equivalent to journals in other educational fields. Some of the most well known conferences include:

  • CAL conference
  • International Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) Conference
  • CSCL: International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
  • International Blended Learning Conference
  • International Conference on Networked Learning

There is now quite an overlap between technology enhanced learning and distance education and so one of the biggest conference on distance learning is

  • EDEN European Distance and E-learning Network

There are also a range of journals on the use of learning technologies, such as:

  • British Journal of Educational Technology
  • Computers and Education

There are two key distance education journals, one of which, Open Learning, is an Open University editied journal. They are:

  • Open Learning
  • Distance Education

Subject conferences and journals

There are an increasing number of subject specific teaching and learning conferences, some of which are supported by the HEA. Subject conferences include:

  • Physics Higher Education Conference(PHEC)
  • HEA Arts and Humanities Conference
  • HEA Health Sciences Conference
  • HEA Social Sciences Conference
  • HEA STEM Conference

There are also a number of subject specific journals, although they can vary considerably between very practice-focussed journals and those which are more theoretically oriented. These include:

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

Educational development conferences and journals

Practitioner research is often closely associated with the professional development of the individuals involved and so educational development conferences and journals can often provide a good source of information on the process as well as the outcomes of practitioner research.

The key educational development conferences within the U.K. are run by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). They run several conferences throughout the year, often on different themes, as well as providing staff development events on aspects of teaching and learning.

Journals of particular relevance are:

  • International Journal for Academic Development
  • Higher Education Research and Development
  • Innovations in Teaching and Learning Intenational
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