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This is a conference on teaching and learning research in higher and tertiary education that is open to academics from all disciplines. The theme of the TERNZ conference is learning in higher education: our learning, our students' learning, our colleagues' learning. The intention is that the form of the conference should not only enable us to talk about education, but that the experience itself will be educational. It is based upon the view that we as academics, just like our students, learn most effectively in an interactive setting in which our own experience is valued. It aims to promote the idea that the most valuable kind of research into learning and teaching is that which draws directly upon our work as teachers and learners from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
By creating a supportive environment for this, we hope to explore new approaches to learning and teaching, and develop a critical perspective in the face of the current rapidly changing contexts of tertiary education. We also hope to build a network of teachers in higher education who see their teaching as a valuable field for research.
With these aims in mind, TERNZ will be somewhat different from normal academic conferences or courses. There will be no paper presentations. Our thinking will not be led by "experts". Instead, themes will be developed through a series of more extended conversations in which all participants will have the opportunity to play an equal part.
Participants are invited to propose workshop/discussion topics based upon a brief statement or abstract.