About Lilly-Asia: Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning


For nearly 40 years, Lilly Conferences in America have brought together innovative university faculty and administrators, representing all disciplines in higher education, to share ideas about the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Currently, around 2,000 university teachers and academic leaders attend Lilly Conferences each year in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington DC. This first Lilly Conference in Asia is a unique collaborative effort of the ITLC | International Teaching Learning Cooperative, which organizes Lilly Conferences in the United States, the Hong Kong Baptist University, whose campus will be our venue, and the Innovative Teaching and Learning Initiative of the Hong Kong America Center, which administers the Fulbright program in Hong Kong.                             


Asian universities have grown rapidly in the past 25 years.  As budgets have expanded, so have expectations of parents, students, employers, policymakers, and society at large for the quality of learning at tertiary level.  Even as university leaders may value research productivity to boost their rankings, the imperative for quality of teaching and high performance learning is on the rise throughout Asia. Hence the gathering interest in evidence-based innovation in Asian higher education. 


Digital technologies are changing how Asian students communicate and learn.  Artificial intelligence may have surprising applications for teaching and learning. How do universities encourage reflection about teaching and experiments in deep learning?


Many universities in Asia have set up centers for teaching-learning excellence, which try to help teachers improve their classroom delivery and assess their students’ learning. With so many new teachers having entered the ranks of Asian universities in the past two decades, the need for professional development for practicing instructors is enormous.  How can universities in Asia create an evidence-based culture of reflection and improvement among their teaching staff?  How can they promote the scholarship of teaching and learning that reflect the best internationally benchmarked practices?  How can they also express the unique cultures of learning that arise from Asian scholarly heritage?                                   


This Lilly Conference in Asia, the first of its kind, will build professional networks among teachers in universities throughout northeast, southeast and south Asia.  We also welcome American educators in the Lilly network to join and share with us. The Asian Lilly conference will foster faculty development by enabling scholars to share, discuss and reflect upon what is good teaching and learning, and how each of us can improve our craft as teachers.


In all Lilly Conferences, every individual is valued for his or her perspective on the teaching experience.  We benefit from interacting with one another, our students, and our mentors. Lilly conferences are designed to enable academics to present their scholarly work, network with one another across institutions and disciplines, and promote collaboration that evolves into collegial friendships and informal communities of practice.


We welcome submission of papers on the themes below, but are also open to research on teaching and learning that do not necessarily fit under these rubrics.  Panel presentations and roundtable dialogues about a common theme will form a track across the concurrent sessions so that participants, if they wish, can concentrate on that theme at the conference.  The thematic tracks for this Lilly Conference in Asia are:


  1. Evidence for learning in international and cross-cultural education programs

  2. Assessing non-formal, co-curricular and whole person education

  3. Language education and bilingual literacy 

  4. Hybrid course design and the integration of e-learning with campus- and classroom-based education  

  5. Advances in cognitive science and potential for accelerated learning in higher education

  6. Graduate attributes, generic competencies, and the role of the liberal arts in preparing students for the 21st century workplace.


All presentations at Lilly conferences are selected through a blind peer-review process. Please see below for application forms and deadlines. Lilly Conferences offer a variety of formats for which one might apply to present: 25-minute oral presentations; 45-minute interactive presentations, and poster presentations on one of the conference thematic tracks. We encourage you to submit a proposal but no more than 2 proposals per presenter will be considered.

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