SoTL Learning Community
We will use the book Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler, 2012) as well as other foundational readings on SoTL as a basis for discussion and to guide us in developing individual SoTL pilot projects. You will receive your own copy of the book.
The purpose of this learning community is to start conversations on SoTL research, not to facilitate a collaborative research project. However, collaborative SoTL research will be a topic of discussion and we encourage participants to consider opportunities for future collaboration on SoTL.
SoTL differs from scholarly and reflective teaching in that it not only involves reflecting on one’s teaching or a teaching strategy, but also formally gathering and exploring evidence, researching the literature, refining and testing practices, and finally going public. The purpose of SoTL is not just to make an impact on student learning, but through formal, peer-reviewed communication, to contribute to the larger knowledge base on teaching and learning.
This learning community will meet bi-weekly during the Fall semester for a total of 6 meetings. Meeting times will be determined based on the availability of participants.
Attendance for each community is limited to 10 participants; by registering you commit to attending all group meetings. Each participant will receive a copy of the book at the first meeting.
Register by August 29, 2016.
“Without a doubt, engaging in SoTL is good for our teaching and our students’ learning. … We also enjoy teaching more when we think of it as a scholarly activity.” – Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler, Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
From the Publisher of Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:
This is a book for anyone who has ever considered engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning – known familiarly as SoTL – and needs a better understanding of what it is, and how to engage in it.
This guide provides prospective SoTL scholars with the necessary background information, foundational theory, tools, resources, and methodology to develop their own SoTL projects, taking the reader through the five stages of the process: Generating a research question; Designing the study; Collecting the data; Analyzing the data; and Presenting and publishing your SoTL project. Each stage is illustrated by examples of actual SoTL studies, and is accompanied by worksheets to help the reader refine ideas and map out his or her next steps. The process and worksheets are the fruit of the successful SoTL workshops the authors have offered at their institution for many years.
Facilitated by Dr. Claudia Cornejo Happel.
Last updated: 7/7/2016