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What is SoTL?
SoTL can be broadly defined as research or creative works that involve a systematic inquiry into the practice of teaching and learning.
NEW for 2023-2024!
Focused Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) FLCs are small learning communities focused on scholarly exploration of a specific teaching and learning topic or question. Members of a focused SoTL FLC commit to working together during 2-3 semesters to conduct a SoTL study or create a piece of SoTL scholarship together.
Similar to other CTLD FLCs, a small group 3-5 of faculty/staff members work together to explore a common teaching issue in depth. However, in these focused SoTL FLCs, there is a clear expectation to develop a collaborative scholarly project (publication, manuscript, conference presentation, etc.) under the guidance of the FLC Facilitator.
Focused SoTL FLCS are outcome-based, rather than time-based. Each FLC has a small budget for books or materials, and members of the group will receive a stipend, dependent upon group size and paid out partly after a mid-point benchmark (such as project proposal/IRB approval), and partly after final completion (submission of manuscript or conference proposal).
Who should apply?
FLC participants are not expected to be experts in SoTL. Rather, a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and experience with SoTL research are desired for each project. Members are expected to be active contributors, and FLC facilitators will guide the group through the process.
The most important factor is your ability to work collaboratively on a project. Commitment could include (varies based on the project and methodology):
The Call for Participants has closed for this year.
Facilitators: Dr. Philip E. Bernhardt, Professor of Secondary Education and Dr. Bridget Arend, Associate Director, Center for Teaching, Learning and Design (CTLD)
Research on traditional assessment and grading often demonstrates that these practices are biased, subjective, inequitable, and fraught with a dynamic that interferes with learning. Many alternative assessment methods exist, from providing student choice and options, to competency-based formats, to ungrading. Alternative assessment methods can provide many benefits for motivation, engagement, and learning, but these methods can also pose unintended challenges for first-generation students and can be challenging to use within the norms of higher education.
In this SoTL FLC, we will explore a variety of alternative assessment methods with the intent of exploring the benefits and challenges of these methods with our particular student population. The group will collaboratively identify promising methods to try out in our courses and gather evidence to explore the impact.
Facilitator: Ingrid Carter, Ph.D., Department of Elementary Education & Literacy
This SoTL FLC will engage in self-study methodology to delve deeply into multimodal pedagogies to systematically explore innovations in university courses. Institutions of higher education were already offering online courses prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and remote learning has increased awareness of opportunities to utilize instructional technology and multimodal approaches. Multimodal pedagogy is an instructional approach that uses various modes of teaching and learning to open up the curriculum and can include in-person and online engagement though video, audio, interaction with various online platforms and apps outside or within Canvas.
Faculty in the FLC will select a course or courses on which to focus their research, and the work of this FLC will focus on the self-study methodology, collaboration via “critical friends,” and support for one another’s work. Self-study is an approach wherein the educator examines their own teaching with the intent of reflection and insight to improve their teaching. The purpose of self-study is not only reflective, but also to inspire change and improvement to one’s practice and to provide pedagogical insights to others.
Facilitator: Steve Geinitz, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science
The purpose of this SoTL FLC is to investigate the use of Generative AI to enhance a course’s teaching and curriculum. The broader aim sought through this investigation is to improve overall student success and retention. While specific research questions/goals are yet to be determined, there will be an emphasis towards projects where the anticipated benefits align with MSU Denver’s mission and vision (e.g. closing the educational-attainment gap, producing learning experiences tailored to meet students where they are, etc.). Some potential queries to investigate may be related to:
Due to the fast-evolving nature of Generative AI technology, the initial phase of this FLC will consist of monthly/bi-weekly FLC meetings in which participants discuss the latest applications/tools and their capabilities, and experiment with adopting these into their current teaching practices. Once participants are acquainted with the technology, a greater focus will be given on how to implement novel teaching practices using Generative AI. Regardless of how many projects are identified, participants will be encouraged to collaborate with one another to robustly investigate the research questions at hand.
Comprehensive lists of SoTL journals, including disciplinary journals
Kennesaw State SoTL Summit, completely virtual, usually in Sept
Intermountain Consortium for Faculty Development (ICFD)’s Teaching 4 Learning Conference, usually Feb/March in a western state (Utah, Idaho, Nevada)
SoTL Commons, Feb/March at Georgia Southern University
US Air Force Academy SoTL Forum, in Oct/Nov by email invitation only
Comprehensive lists of SoTL Conferences
Thanks to those who joined our yearlong exploration into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Topics and Guests included:
Thanks to those who joined us for the Spring 2022 SoTL Event!
In that session, we provided an overview and discussion about SoTL and the many different ways to conduct scholarly teaching projects.
SoTL projects were highlighted from:
Contact Bridget Arend at [email protected] if you’d like an overview of what occurred in this session or a copy of the PPT slides.