Welcome to Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching

The Guidelines are a set of 16 statements. These statements outline a basis for the development of activities that are likely to enhance student learning – that is, they are guidelines that could inform our teaching.


After 32 years teaching microbiology to medical and science students at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, I moved into the University senior management team to become Pro Vice Chancellor (Education & Quality Improvement). I had had an active and successful research career studying bacteria that live in the gut especially the Helicobacter species that cause peptic ulcers. However, I always had a special interest in teaching. I crossed to the dark side, i.e. administration!, as I believed it should be possible for a great research university to also be a great teaching university and I wanted to help UNSW academics teach better for the benefit of their students. (see paper below). One of the activities I was proudest of was the creation of a set of guidelines on learning intended to inform teaching at UNSW together with a device to encourage staff to reflect on their own teaching. In my retirement, I want to share this strategy and hence this website. Click on the “About the Guidelines” link above and you will see each of the guidelines together with explanatory quotes and links to useful relevant resources. My goal is to encourage as many universities as possible to create their own set of “Guidelines on Learning that inform teaching at (name of their university)”.

I am grateful to Michele Scoufis and the Academic Board of UNSW for their input into this project and acknowledge the generosity of UNSW in allowing other universities to base their websites on the UNSW site which is still active. Link

NB. Someone commenting on this site stated “I’d recommend a picture of yourself on the website somewhere, just people feel more trusting of a site where there is a real person behind it”. Thus you can see a picture of the real me in the short bio you can download from this page!

Adrian Lee Emeritus Professor adrianlee2@mac.com


A Lee brief bio 2017

From Teaching to Learning