SoTL Commons Conference Presenters
Evaluating Teaching as the First Step to SoTL [panel]
A team of faculty researching the evaluation of teaching discovered many connections between evaluating teaching for tenure and promotion, and reflecting on teaching as the basis for SoTL projects. Similar questions are asked and similar methods of observation, documentation, and experimentation are involved in the development of oneself as a teacher/scholar and in the assessment of faculty for administrative purposes. The panelists will briefly describe the connections between formal evaluation processes and SOTL, and then open a discussion of how evaluative processes at participants' institutions may support SoTL activities by identifying areas that might benefit from scholarly, purposeful examination and experimentation. Participants will then hear how material developed to examine the evaluation of teaching can support SOTL project development and research. Information gathered during the session will be made available to participants through a website.