Integrating your teaching and learning experiences with scholarship and research is at the heart of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), which is “evidenced through ongoing and cumulative intellectual inquiry, through systematic observations and ongoing investigations, by faculty into the nature of learning and the impact of teaching upon it” (Hutchings & Shulman, 1999).
The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning is active in producing and promoting SoTL work. If you would like to discuss a SoTL project you are working on, please do not hesitate to contact us. Be sure to share your SoTL work at the annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference (held every September at Mason, for more details click HERE).
Below are several resources that will be helpful to faculty members wishing to know more about SoTL.
General SoTL Resources
Teaching in the Disciplines – George Mason University Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning
The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – Vanderbilt Center for Teaching
Promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – Michigan State University Office of Faculty & Organizational Development
Teaching Strategies: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
SoTL Project Design Resources
Looking for a more structured, “how to design a SoTL project” experience? Audit (or take for credit) HE704 at Mason (offered every Spring, usually in the evening, starting at 4:30pm).
This course explores the study and advancement of teaching and learning in post-secondary education. The class will investigate the current literature on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as well as the diverse theories, varied methodologies, conceptual frameworks, and practical application of research into teaching and learning in higher education. The course will examine the practice of SoTL within various disciplines and as an interdisciplinary, institutional, and cross-insitutuaional endeavor. Students will learn about the history of SoTL, diversity in the classroom, current issues and debates, and changes in teaching and learning in light of emerging technologies. Students will gain hands-on practice designing SoTL research projects.
Measuring Teaching Practices Guide from AAAS-provides some key considerations and tips for collecting evidence about teaching practices.
Tomorrow’s Professor Blog
Teaching Professor Blog
The Wired Campus Blog
NspirD2, Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame
The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL)
Other Journals that Publish the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning and Address General Issues in Higher Education – Kennesaw State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Lilly Conferences are held several times throughout the year in different locations.