Over the past year, the Center for Teaching and Learning has hosted conversations, workshops, and working groups for faculty engaged in research on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): systematic, evidence-based study of classroom practices or curricular initiatives and their impact.
As part of our SoTL series, last week, the CTL hosted a Qualitative Research Brown Bag for members of the Baruch community to discuss research methods and strategies for conducting qualitative research across the disciplines. Members of the library faculty, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and faculty and graduate students were all in attendance.
Presenters included Brooke Schreiber, Assistant Professor of English; Laurie Hurson, Digital Pedagogy Specialist at the Center for Teaching and Learning; and Allison Hahn and Elizabeth Minei, both Assistant Professors of Communication Studies.
Discussing the pitfalls, opportunities, and methods of data collection and coding, the presenters reflected on their own processes of conducting ethnography, archival research, semi-structured interviews, and mapping techniques. They also reflected on discipline-specific and interdisciplinary methods for coding and analyzing data, including important digital tools for storing, categorizing, and visualizing data.
The next meeting in our SoTL series will take place on January 9 and 10. The CTL invites faculty, graduate students, and staff involved in SoTL research projects to join us for a two-day writing retreat. We will provide a quiet space to write; a nourishing lunch; a separate space to take breaks, network, and eat; and outlets for charging devices. Participants will get dedicated time over one or two full days to work in a distraction-free, collegial environment.