HistorySOTL Members to Conduct Workshop on “Failure” at International SOTL Conference in Liverpool, England

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9 June 2010

Members of the HistorySOTL Board of the Directors will conduct a workshop on failure at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Conference to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, 19-22 October 2010.

Bringing together a team from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, the workshop will explore the place of failure in teaching practice and administration.

From its early beginnings SOTL has been closely associated with recognition as the central strategy in elevating the importance of teaching within academia.

As advocates of SOTL attempted to further embed quality they looked to recognition and reward as the drivers of change.

This approach has had a lasting impact on how academics approach both SOTL and their own practice. While academics seeking recognition or writing a SOTL article discuss ‘problems,’ they rarely talk about failure when attempting to improve their teaching or make change.

In this workshop the facilitators — all well established scholars with numerous institutional and national teaching awards and several with discipline and/or institutional administrative experience — talk failure. Failure at the discipline and institutional level, failure at the curriculum level, failure and technology, and failure in aspects of classroom practice, will be amongst the discussion points.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to also share their ideas on failure and their practice before work-shopping some strategies (borrowed and adapted from fields as diverse as the military and business) that can be used to more effectively deal with failure as a tool for engaging best practice.

“We are very much looking forward to facilitating this workshop on an aspect of teaching practice that is rarely discussed” said the Workshops coordinator and HistorySOTL Australasian Director A/Professor Sean Brawley. “The workshop also shows the benefits of the Society as a clearinghouse for international collaboration” he noted.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview contact the Director responsible for Public Affairs (A/Professor Sean Brawley) on 61 2 9385 2342 or email.