LTA Connect: Key concepts in learning and teaching – an introduction to educational theory and literature

In this LTA Connect Webinar, Keith Smyth led colleagues through an exploration of key theoretical perspectives, concepts and models relating to learning and teaching in tertiary education.

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Keith Smyth
Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the university, and leads the Learning and Teaching Academy.


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Drawing upon established literature, and current and emerging areas of research, the session covered the main theoretical perspectives on learning and teaching (including the distinctions between behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism), while also exploring the research pertaining to the different ways in which students approach and engage with learning in higher education.

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy Value

Evidence-based educational practice

The UK Professional Standards Framework

By applying the learning from attending this webinar to professional practice, it could support evidence in the following areas of the UK Professional Standards Framework for those seeking Higher Education Academy (HEA) Recognition.

A1 Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study

A5 Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices

K3 How students learn, both generally and within their subject/disciplinary area (s)

V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development


Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the university, and leads the Learning and Teaching Academy. Keith works with colleagues across the university on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects and supporting staff to engage in educational research. Much of this work is taken forward through the activities of the LTA. 

Keith has particular interests in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education, technology-enhanced learning, educational strategy and policy, and developing pedagogic research and scholarship. He has written and presented widely in these areas, and has undertaken funded projects for organisations including the Higher Education Academy, Jisc, Scottish Funding Council and NHS.


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