- What is SoTL?
- Getting Started with SoTL
- Funding for SoTL Projects
- SoTL Journals
- SoTL Action Team at Carleton
- Ongoing Projects by Carleton’s Educators
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a priority at Carleton University as the practice of reflection and research-led approaches to teaching are integral to a quality educational experience for both instructors and students. If you have any questions or would like to get support in all stages of your SoTL projects, please contact us.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has been defined in many ways. Kerber and Cranton (2000) define it as “ongoing learning about teaching and the demonstration of teaching knowledge” (p. 478), while McKinney (2006) describes it as “the systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations, performance, or publications” (p. 39).
SoTL involves exploring teaching and learning in your own context, similarly to how you would approach research in your field of specialization. It often includes reflecting on your own practice, seeking out resources to enhance what you are doing, implementing these enhancements, assessing the outcomes, and disseminating this knowledge to others.
To learn more, watch this video produced by the Centre for Engaged Learning at Elon University.
This SoTL Guide from the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching is an excellent resource about different steps in conducting a SoTL project, such as conducting a literature review, planning the project design, identifying evidence, etc. Other resources that can help you get started include:
- Researching teaching and student outcomes in post-secondary education: A guide – The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
- SoTL Annotated literature database – managed by Dr. Nicola Simmons
- Writing about learning and teaching in higher education: Creating and contributing to scholarly conversations across a range of genres. (2020). This book, written by M. Healey, K. E. Matthews, and A. Cook-Sather, A., from Elon University, is aimed at faculty, staff, and students new to and experienced in writing about learning and teaching. The book unpacks the process of writing for publication in a wide variety of genres, including empirical research articles, conceptual pieces, case studies, reflective essays, stories, and social media.
- The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CJSoTL)
- International Journal for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ijSoTL)
- Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal
- Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL)
- Teaching in Higher Education
- Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library key resources
- List of open access journals from eCampus Ontario
The SoTL action team collects data related to SoTL activities on campus and explores the impact of SoTL activities on important metrics, such as graduation and retention rates, experiential learning, and student success.
The SoTL action team members are:
- Martha Mullally, Department of Biology
- Véronic Bézaire, Department of Chemistry
- Janice Scammell, MacOdrum Library
- Kim Hellemans, Department of Neuroscience
- Claudia Buttera, Department of Biology
- Dragana Polovina-Vukovic, Teaching and Learning Services
If you are interested in research on teaching, want to share ideas with your peers, or get involved in various SoTL activities on campus, please contact us.