Teaching can always become more effective and learning more significant and enduring.
“SoTL encompasses a broad set of practices that engage teachers in looking closely and critically at student learning in order to improve courses and programs and to share insights with other educators who can evaluate and build on their efforts.”
Hutchings, P., Huber, M.T., Ciccone, A. (2011) The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered: Institutional Integration and Impact. The Carnegie Foundation Advancement of Teaching, The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass
SoTL is not only the engagement by individuals in research on teaching and making that research public in building a body of knowledge, but also an attitude and a way of thinking about teaching. SoTL emphasizes that teaching is serious intellectual activity that can be both deeply personal and highly collegial. SoTL, as understood in an expansive sense, is perhaps the best way to improve teaching for student understanding. That is a lofty claim, yet one not only possible, but when done well, probable.