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Welcome to the 2008 Teaching and Learning Forum!

This year's theme focuses on the future and how we might prepare for tomorrow's university learners. Preparing for an unknown future is always fraught, and in the case of university teaching and learning, raises many issues including curriculum, learning experiences and technologies, staffing issues, and physical spaces. We trust that this year's keynotes, papers and presentations will be thought-provoking.

Comparison with similar data for 2005-07 indicates that the level of interest in TL Forum, now in its seventeenth year, continues. As in previous years, the 2008 Forum invited papers and presentations in the two categories, Research and Professional practice. Table 1 below records the numbers of submissions and the outcomes from the review process which we conducted with a panel of 41 reviewers, who are listed and thanked in the page [Review Panel].

Table 1: Summary of TL Forum 2008 numbers of submissions and outcomes

Category (a)SubmittedAcceptedRejectedOfferedWithdrawn(b)Net outcome(b)
Ref research201010(c)1019
Ref prof prac752(d)8(e)35
Abstract only5959072(f)369
  1. See http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf2008/criteria.html for definitions of the categories of submissions. Refereed papers, both categories, and all abstracts are published online at the TL Forum Proceedings website, http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2008/contents-all.html
  2. As there may be additional withdrawals after the date of compilation of this table (21 Jan 2008), numbers in these columns are subject to change.
  3. Of the 10, 7 were offered Abstract only publication and 3 were offered Professional practice publication.
  4. Of the 2, 2 were offered Abstract only publication.
  5. Added 3 from Research rejects.
  6. Added 7 from Research rejects, 2 from Professional practice rejects, 1 from Research withdrawn, 1 from Professional practice withdrawn, and 2 from workshop rejects.
For TL Forums 2005, 2006 and 2007 numbers of submissions and outcomes, see similar tables in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 'Welcome' pages at http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf/

If initiatives such as the Research Quality Framework come into play, it is likely that the presentational or publication role will be taken over increasingly by a relatively small number of multinational journals. This trend could reinforce the TL Forum becoming a popular avenue for presenting, discussing and "working up" research and professional practice topics in university teaching and learning, in contrast to being an avenue for the final publication of completed projects.

As we prepare for the 2008 academic year, we wish all colleagues best wishes for a fruitful and stimulating forum.

Please cite as: TL Forum (2008). Welcome. In Preparing for the graduate of 2015. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 30-31 January 2008. Perth: Curtin University of Technology. http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2008/editorial.html

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