What is SoTL?

David Porter

SoTL diagram - inner circle- SoTL, next circle - Scholarly Teaching, outer circle - Teaching

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.

Extend Activity – SoTL #1 Three Keys of SoTL

“Keys” flickr photo by jaygooby https://flickr.com/photos/jaygooby/2866359958 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

The activities in this module build off of each other. The first two steps will ask you to add brainstorming items to a shared editable Google Doc and/or enter them in the discussion forums. The remaining ones will be done in a document generated from a template where you will develop a plan for your own Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research. At the end, you will be posting them to a shared Google Drive with the ones made by previous participants.

The educators in the video we watched in the previous section express multiple experiences about SoTL. Which of the experiences are similar to your own? Identify and list three key characteristics of SoTL that resonate with your own experience and practice.

Open this editable Google Doc and add your three keys to the shared document and/or share them in the discussion form below. Review and comment on the keys shared by colleagues (you can also see ones previously saved in a padlet).

Visit the Three Keys of SoTL activity to see an example and the responses already entered.


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