MIT Hosts International Meeting on Teaching and Learning in Research Intensive Environments

By Leann Dobranski, Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning Lab

MIT hosted the 5th annual meeting of the Network for Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Research Intensive Environments June 22-24. Dan Hastings and Lori Breslow welcomed nineteen participants from ten universities around the world, including the University of Sydney, University of Copenhagen, University of Oslo, and the University of Edinburgh.  The network was founded by Professor Graham Gibbs of Oxford University to provide opportunities for senior policy administrators and educational experts from research intensive universities to come together in order to compare notes and discuss ways to improve undergraduate education worldwide.

This year’s meeting began with updates in teaching and learning from each university and continued with discussions about the varying degrees of budgetary constraints felt around the world.  Participants from the University of Sydney led a session on international research opportunities and their indirect benefits to students at research intensive institutions.  Not surprisingly, there was also lively discussion among all group participants about the Bologna Process.  The meeting was a great success filled with rich dialog and a renewed sense of camaraderie as institutions face the economic challenges of the day. The network is scheduled to meet again next year in Sydney.