Improving Student Learning: Evidence-based approaches to learning and teaching

dotlab radio  By dotLAB Radio

Evidence-based learning and teaching (EBLT) concerns connecting learning and teaching to evidence-based methods, strategies and processes, through nurturing a systemic institutional culture that is committed to continuous improvement of student learning. It is a key methodology for linking teaching and research. The European Universities Association (EUA) explored how evidence-based approaches to learning and teaching could be adopted at a larger scale and developed further at higher education institutions across Europe to improve student learning. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, we talk to Professor Philippe Emplit of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and EUA Deputy Director of Higher Education Policy, Dr. Therese Zhang, on their recently published report on EBLT. In this podcast, we discuss:

  • What is evidence-based learning and teaching?
  • What are six steps of evidence-based learning and teaching?
  • Why adopt evidence-based learning and teaching?
  • What are the challenges in adopting evidence-based learning and teaching?
  • What can Higher Education Institutions do to successfully adopt evidence-based learning and teaching?

Additional information on the EUA report on EBLT can be found at here


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Professor Philippe Emplit

Professor Philippe Emplit is Director of the Service OPERA‐Photonics and Professor of Physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in the Engineering, Science and Human Sciences faculties. He is the Director of all Bachelors and Masters programmes of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS‐EM) and has acted for 2 years as the Vice‐Chair of this Business School. He presently is a member of the Task Force group of ULB, advising, on a scientific basis, the university authorities in their strategy versus rankings development. He also is a member of the Governing Board and of the Research Council of ULB, representing the academic staff. Philippe Emplit is a member of the Interuniversity Council CIUF of the Belgian Communauté française CFB, the organism responsible for collecting in a coherent way the statistics for all CFB universities.


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Dr. Thérèse Zhang

Dr. Thérèse Zhang is the Deputy Director for Higher Education Policy at EUA. She works on topics related to higher education learning and teaching, including developments in the Bologna process, lifelong learning, digitalisation and internationalisation. Dr. Zhang holds a PhD in Romance Philology from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, as well as a Masters in European Studies from the same university. She completed part of her education at the University of Bologna, Italy, and as Visiting Researcher at Brown University, United States.