The BISA Learning and Teaching Working Group

Welcome to the Learning and Teaching Working Group of the British International Studies Association
Welcome to the BLT Website
BLT was founded in 2010 to promote scholarship and innovation in learning and teaching in the discipline of International Relations. For more information about our activities, please contact the working group founders and convenors Steven Curtis and Simon Rofe. To join our emailing list, please email Steven. For more information about BISA, including how to become a member, go to the association's website
Colloquium on Digital and Online Learning
ur fourth annual workshop on 31 October took the form of an evening seminar informally exploring the changing landscape of online learning in international studies, hosted by SOAS in Russell Square. Nanette Levinson (American University) started the session with a comparative analysis of the development of MOOCs in the US, UK, France and elsewhere, while Santanu Vasant (Imperial College London) discussed how to make best use of virtual learning environments such as BlackBoard.  

Call for Papers, 8th Annual PSA/BISA Learning and Teaching Conference 2015
The conference this year will address the theme of Student Engagement and Participation and will be hosted by Dr Aida Abzhaparova at the University of the West of England on 8-9 September. The deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words) is Sunday 21 June. Please email abstracts to Aida at

1st European Conference on L&T in Politics
The first European Conference on learning and teaching in Politics, International Relations and European Studies was held in Maastricht on 26-27 June 2014. The conference was organised by BLT in association with the learning and teaching groups of ECPR, PSA and UACES. For further details about the conference, go to the conference website.
Q-Step Success for IR and Politics Depts
In an important and fascinating development for the discipline, 12 departments of international relations and politics have been successful in the £19.5 million Q-Step initiative, which aims to produce a step-change in the teaching of quantitative methods in the social sciences. The departments involved in the initiative will be introducing a range of innovations, from new degree programmes in Politics and IR to the use of specialised internships to develop students' powers of quantitative analysis. The Political Studies Association has launched a QM Network, which should provide a forum for the pooling of the experiences of colleagues involved in this development.