INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Institute for Learning in Higher Education (LiHE) is an international academic not-for-profit association founded in 2007 for the advancement of learning-centred higher education (HE). We explicitly work as a network organisation to bring together international researchers and practitioners within HE, to further advance international research and publication of ways in which to successfully design and implement learning-centred HE. LiHE is run voluntarily by a group of co-directors all serving as professors at top-universities and business schools.
As a network organisation LiHE brings together scholars who support a move from a traditional paradigm with content-based syllabus-driven didactic teaching to a learning-centred paradigm with focus on the relationship between curriculum development, teaching and study methods, and students’ learning outcomes. It is our underlying argument that such a shift in higher education benefits student learning and facilitates students’ self-development of higher-order thinking skills and transferable competencies.
LiHE also brings together scholars engaged in institutional research, dealing with strategies for quality enhancement (QE) of learning-centred HE that ties together the institutional level with the operational level. Here strategic QE is seen as an intricate process that takes place in a polyphonous context with multiple stakeholders. Learners, teachers, departments, study boards, study administrations, faculties, university administrations, and university management groups are important internal stakeholders. Employers, partners, politicians, press, local community and potential students and their parents are important external stakeholders. LIHE seeks to produce and disseminate successful methods of strategic QE and institutional governance.
LiHE is not founded to challenge the conventional academic conference with hundreds if not thousands of delegates and massively parallel streams with short presentations and even shorter discussions. LiHE is devoted to bring together small groups of experts in ways that encourage joint research, collaborative publications, professional networks, and lasting professional friendships across borders. To achieve this we return to a relatively neglected format for our international meetings – the Symposium – which combine both formal and informal conversations, and creation of shared products. All our activities have a demand for concrete output. LiHE is here to professionally create and facilitate collaboration, learning, and dissemination.
So far we have successfully hosted twelve international symposiums, published ten international anthologies (and two more are in the pipeline to be published in 2015). We have facilitated networks between LiHE-members which has led to the publication of joint journal articles, book chapters, and bids for EU research grants.