​TL_Net's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Inaugural Conference


The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) promotes teaching as a scholarly endeavor where “the work of the classroom [becomes] a site for inquiry, asking and answering questions about students’ learning in ways that can improve one’s own classroom and also advance the larger profession of teaching” (Huber and Hutchings, 2005). SoTL engages individuals in designing, conducting, and publishing research on teaching and learning. It also creates a community of practitioners who contribute to the body of knowledge about teaching and learning as well as benefit from the SoTL of others. 

The Network of Teaching and Learning will host the 1st bi-annual SoTL conference in a blended learning format on August 20-21, 2015 aimed at enabling AKU faculty and Aga Khan Development Network/AKU partners to join in conversations and collaborations on SoTL with one another from the regions AKU serves across Asia, Africa and the UK.

The conference will run over two days in a blended format. It will be also a part of a larger celebration of teaching and learning at AKU which will include instructional skills workshops for AKU faculty in East Africa and Pakistan. There will be three plenary keynote sessions beamed via videoconference, concurrent sessions of face-to-face paper presentations on site in Karachi and Nairobi, and poster presentations on a virtual learning space.


Arshad Ahmad, Associate Vice President, Teaching & Learning and Director of McMaster University’s Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL). 

Janet Welch, Assistant Dean of Academic Technologies in the Faculty of Education and Director of Digital Teaching, Assessment and Learning at the University of Alberta. 

Brenda Leibowitz, Chair, Teaching and Learning, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.​

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