International Higher Education Organisations

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All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE)
AISHE is a professional society promoting the professional recognition and enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in Ireland through a range of activities including seminars, conferences, publications, and provision of online community forums and services.

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
AERA encourages scholarly inquiry related to education by promoting the dissemination and practical application of educational research. This association publishes six journals into education research. Membership is drawn primarily from the humanities and social sciences.

Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
ALT is a leading body in the United Kingdom (UK) that brings together practitioners, researchers and policy makers in learning technology. Membership consists of most UK universities, individuals, colleges, government and corporate bodies. ALT publishes a journal, ALT-J, a newsletter, ALT-N, and supports an annual conference. The site contains a resource database with downloadable documents that include guides for staff new to teaching with technology.

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
ASHE promotes collaboration among its members and others engaged in the study of higher education through research, conferences, and publications, including its journal, The Review of Higher Education. ASHE is headquartered at Michigan State University.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
ACU comprises over 480 universities drawn from the Commonwealth countries of Africa and Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific, Canada and the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Malta. ACU offers a broad range of resources, particularly in the areas of international collaboration, policy development and benchmarking. Publications include The Observatory on Borderless Education and the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook.

British Educational Research Association (BERA)
BERA provides members with details of events, publications and other services and provides browsers with an overview of some of the activities and aims of BERA. Most of the site is open access to all, but details of the Special Interest Groups are restricted to membership.

Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
COL is an intergovernmental organisation, with a site that contains links to an extensive collection of published resources including start-up guides, selected publications (new and most popular titles), monographs (research and meeting reports), curriculum and course material development, trainer’s toolkits, manuals and directories.

Educause is a US based non-profit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Membership is open to institutions of higher education, companies and organisations serving the higher education information technology market. Educause programs include professional development activities, print and electronic publications, strategic policy initiatives, research, awards for leadership and exemplary practices and online information services.

European Educational Research Association (EERA)
EERA fosters the exchange of ideas amongst European researchers, promotes collaboration in research, and offers independent advice on educational research to European policy-makers, administrators and practitioners. EERA publishes the European Educational Researcher, and several European Commission publications.

Higher Education Academy (HEA) 
The HEA works with the UK higher education community to enhance the student experience and to be the first choice of the sector for knowledge, practice and policy relating to the student experience in higher education. The site provides access to information about nationally funded programs, research and accreditation, subject networks, thematic work, resources and networking. You can access information about your particular subject network through a drop-down menu.

National Education Association (NEA)
NEA is the leading organisation within the United States committed to advancing the cause of public education. Within the higher education sector it represents more than 115,000 higher education personnel. A number of publications are available to members with a some freely-accessible materials including Tomorrow’s Teacher, an annual magazine for NEA student members and Thought & Action, a newsletter published six times per year.

Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)
The POD network helps to develop and support practitioners and leaders in higher education dedicated to enhancing learning and teaching. POD members come primarily from the US and Canada. POD produces an online newsletter, and the annual monograph To Improve the Academy is part of the annual membership fee. The POD listserv, available to non-POD members, is a useful source of ideas and issues about staff and organisational development in higher education.

Society for Educational Studies (SES)
This society aims to discuss and promote study and research in education by: ensuring the quality and status of research and scholarship in Educational Studies; encouraging debate on educational policy issues; recognising distinction by the award of ‘Fellow of the Society for Educational Studies’; sponsoring the British Journal of Educational Studies (BJES). SES members can use this site to also access the British Journal of Educational TechnologyCurriculum Inquiry, and the Teachers College Record.

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
This association is an independent society that aims to improve the quality of higher education through the encouragement of debate and publication on issues of policy, on the organisation and management of higher education institutions and on the curriculum, teaching and learning methods. The Society publishes Studies in Higher EducationHigher Education QuarterlyResearch into Higher Education Abstracts, and SRHE News and International News.

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)
This society is a Canadian national association of academics interested in the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. STLHE sponsors an annual conference, a series of workshops, an electronic bulletin board and the 3M Teaching Fellowships. STLHE also publishes a bi-annual newsletter Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, as well as a membership directory and a number of other directories. This site is useful for the links it provides to the teaching and learning sites of Canadian universities.

Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
This association is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the United Kingdom, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. Their activities form into four main clusters: professional development; conferences and events; publications; services to members. SEDA publishes SEDA Papers and SEDA Specials on topical issues, a magazine Educational Developments and the journal Innovations in Education & Teaching International (IETI).