Join our new Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Community

If you are interested in learning more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), join the Academic Commons’ new SoTL Learning Community. This community is open to anyone interested in teaching and learning – including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. Complete the interest form to get started. Please complete the form by January 23, 2023.

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What is SoTL? SoTL is a valuable exercise to reflect on your teaching practices, with the overall goal of improving student learning. As an educator, you systematically examine the effectiveness of your teaching and share your findings, often by publishing and presenting your research. Visit our brand-new asynchronous course, Getting Started with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, to learn more about SoTL at your own pace.

As a member of the SoTL Learning Community, you will learn the steps involved in SoTL research, develop your own SoTL plan, share progress on your project, and offer feedback to colleagues.

Our community will meet three times during the spring 2023 semester (February, March, and April) for one-hour sessions. Below is a brief outline of what the community’s program will cover:

February: Getting Started with SoTL
March: Planning Projects for SoTL
April: Presenting and Publishing Your SoTL Research (co-presented with the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication) 

You will receive a copy of Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish, written by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler. We’ll use this book as a guide throughout our meetings and work. We have limited copies; please complete the interest form today to secure your spot in our SoTL Learning Community.

You are best prepared to join this community if:

  • You are interested in concrete evidence of the effectiveness of your teaching strategies
  • You are planning to implement a new activity or teaching strategy and related assessment 
  • You are willing to provide and receive feedback on SoTL research
  • You are ready to explore pedagogical literature to guide your project development and research

If you are interested in joining this community, complete this interest form. Please complete the form by Friday, January 20, 2023.