The 10th annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 2 – 5, 2013, hosted by Elon University’s Center for Engaged Learning.

In higher education around the world, inquiry into student learning is moving from isolated practice to systematic research, from peripheral projects to institutional integration, from the margins of disciplines and campuses toward a central position in the academy. This conference focused on these and other transitions in scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

At the conference, attendees had the opportunity to explore both individual inquiry projects and also broader questions about the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in higher education.

If you were unable to join us in Raleigh or if you want to review conference highlights, click here to learn about and view the plenaries. We also live-streamed 5 concurrent sessions (video recordings of those live-streamed sessions have since expired).

Conference Location

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the second largest city in the Carolinas. It is also the fastest growing major city in the state and is known for its excellent museums, thriving cultural life, beautiful public parks, and capital-area historic sites.  Raleigh’s October climate typically offers sunny days with high temperatures of 75F/24C.

ISSOTL 2013 was held at the Raleigh Convention Center. The Center is committed to being the most environmentally friendly convention center in the United States, and has been has been awarded certified with the Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The main ISSOTL hotel was the Raleigh Marriott City Center, which is connected to the Convention Center. Additional rooms were available at the renovated Sheraton Raleigh Hotel located adjacent to the Convention Center.

Conference Organizers

Peter Felten, Elon University,
Jessie L. Moore, Elon University,
Heidi Ihrig, Conference Consultant

Conference Host

The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University in North Carolina (U.S.) brings together international leaders in higher education to develop and to synthesize rigorous research on central questions about student learning.

Researchers have identified “high-impact” educational practices – study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, service-learning, writing-intensive courses, living-learning communities, and so on. However, while we know what these practices are, we could know much more about three essential issues: (1) how to do these practices well, (2) how to scale these practices to many students, and (3) how students integrate their learning across multiple high impact experiences.

The Center for Engaged Learning: fosters investigations of these and related questions; hosts multi-institutional research and practice-based initiatives, conferences, and seminars; and shares related resources for faculty and faculty developers on high-impact practices for engaged learning.

The Center for Engaged Learning was launched in 2012 as part of Elon University’s strategic plan, The Elon Commitment.

Conference Committee

Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Eastern Michigan University
Stephen Bloch-Schulman, Elon University
Cathy Bovill, University of Glasgow
Jennifer Clark, University of New England, Australia
Laura Cruz, Western Carolina University
Fernand Gervais, Université Laval
Gordon Joughin, University of Queensland
Beth Marquis, McMaster University
Scott Simkins, North Carolina A&T State University
Kara Yanagida, Western Washington University