Why does teaching matter?

Teaching Matters is the University of Edinburgh’s website and blog for debate about learning and teaching, for sharing ideas and approaches to teaching, and for showcasing our successes, including academic colleagues who are leading the way in delivering brilliant teaching.

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Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

The Teaching Matters blog was borne from a strong feeling that, as a University, we have historically not being doing enough to show publicly and overtly how important teaching is to us. Established in January 2016, the blog has steadily built up a community of interest, support and practice around teaching and learning at the University.

By their very nature, the blog posts are short (500-700 words) and informal in tone, with the aim of being accessible to a large audience. Whilst the posts look inwards to specifically showcase University of Edinburgh teaching practice, our readership is increasingly vibrant and international, inspiring innovative practice not only within the University, but also at a global level.

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Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

Publishing Schedule

  • Themed blog posts: Each month, Teaching Matters posts are centred around a broad theme, which is aligned to the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy. Themed posts are published twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Video blog posts are also encouraged.
  • Mini-series blog posts: These mini-series run over two to three months, and invite conversations around current University initiatives or hot topics. A mini-series blog post is published every Wednesday.
  • Spotlight on Joint Degrees: Staff members and students from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures are embarking on a major two-year project to review joint degrees with the aim of enhancing student experience. Over the two years, Teaching Matters will publish monthly blog posts highlighting “notes from the field”, which we hope will encourage discussion across the university about what joint degrees should look like going forward. These are published on the first Monday of every month, and centre on issues that explicitly address the monthly themes for Teaching Matters.

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Student Authors

Teaching Matters is focusing on growing a student author base, and are keen to feature posts co/authored by students. There is blog writing and video support/training available for students interested in blogging for Teaching Matters.


If you are interested in contributing, or have suggestions for possible mini-series or future themed topics, please do get in touch at teachingmatters@ed.ac.uk.

Many thanks and happy reading!

Dr Jenny Scoles (Teaching Matters Editor)