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
The BISA Learning and Teaching Working Group (BLT) was founded in 2010 to promote scholarship and innovation in learning and teaching in the discipline of International Relations. Over the past five years we have organised workshops, colloquia and conference panels on a range of pressing pedagogical issues, from employability through teaching research methods to the rise of MOOCs.

For more information about our activities, please contact the working group convenors Michael BarrSteven 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


Call for Papers for BISA Annual Conference
We invite and warmly welcome individual papers, panels and roundtables on issues and developments in learning and teaching in the discipline for the BISA annual conference, 15-17 June 2016 in Edinburgh. Proposals can range from innovations in the classroom through to matters of higher education policy. 

Please email proposals (including titles and abstracts of no more than 200 words) to Steven Curtis by Friday 20 November. Please note that BISA generously allows presenters to give two papers at the annual conference if one is a learning and teaching paper, instead of the usual policy of one paper per delegate, in order to support the development of learning and teaching in the discipline. More details about the conference can be found here.

8th Annual PSA/BISA L&T Conference 2015

This year's annual two-day conference on 8-9 September was a very stimulating event. It addressed the theme of student engagement and participation and was hosted by Dr Aida Abzhaparova at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Once again it was great to see some new faces at this annual event, including Mark Shanahan from the University of Reading (pictured above), as well as to hear the student voice in a presentation by recent graduates on the benefits of placement learning (below). Check out what we got up to on Twitter with the conference hashtag #psalt15.