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
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
Participants are invited to propose workshop/discussion topics
based upon a brief statement or abstract.