What is the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)?

To learn more about SoTL, watch The Key Characteristics of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning .

This video features several educators defining SoTL in the context of their own professional practice.

Everybody involved in teaching has questions about the success of their practice. We deal with some of the questions informally all the time. In other cases, we seek to formalize our enquiry by doing research, and that is what SoTL is about.

Source: Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University and the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). This video was produced for ISSOTL Online 2013.

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The educators in the video express multiple experiences about SoTL.  Which of the experiences are similar to your own?

  • Identify and record three key characteristics of SoTL that resonate with your professional experience and practice.
  • Login to your Google Account and go to the SoTL Research Plan Folder. Create a new Google Doc in this folder and Name it “Your Name – SoTL Research Plan (and allow it to be shared).  Record the three characteristics of SoTL that are interesting to you.
  • Take a look at some of the other docs to compare your thoughts to those of your colleagues.

(Explore the example from the Ontario Extend Summer Institute  (we used Padlet during the Institute).

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