Starting Fall 2017, the CTL has sponsored a research and writing group to support the development and dissemination of SoTL projects. Participants are invited to share their work with colleagues, exchange ideas and approaches, and get and give feedback. The interdisciplinary group meets monthly.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the systematic, evidence-based study of classroom practices or curricular initiatives and their impact, along with the public sharing and review of such work through presentation or publication. Commonly, SoTL researchers frame and investigate questions related to student learning: the conditions under which it occurs, what it looks like, how to deepen it, and so forth. The research developed through SoTL-based inquiry can be used to advance classroom practice within and beyond a discipline; develop new assignment sequences, courses, and programs; and improve our understanding of complex learning processes and their social and ethical dimensions. Examples of SoTL research include studies of online learning and its effectiveness; research into the impact of supplemental instruction, group work, or individualized instruction on student success; or studies of the value of faculty development initiatives.
Participants in the SoTL group include faculty, graduate students, and staff— anyone who is working on or thinking about a research project related to teaching and learning. The projects are at many stages of development, from idea formation to data collection to drafting. Sharing work is not required; however, regular attendance is.
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