Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Resources
What is SoTL?
“The Scholarship of Teaching,” Eileen Bender (Indiana University South Bend) and Donald Gray (Indiana University Bloomington).
This article is an introduction to SoTL as reflective practice in which “we invest in our teaching the intellectual powers we practice in our research.” Contains links to articles on SoTL from Indiana University’s Research and Creative Activity, Vol. 22, No. 1, April 1999.
What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning? University of Central Florida.
In addition to offering several definitions of SoTL from institutions around the U.S., this site is a gateway to many additional online resources, including extensive listings of SoTL journals, articles and resources to download, SoTL posters, and other links.
SoTL: The Legacy of Ernest Boyer,
The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Concise and lucid summary of Ernest Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered, in which he proposed that teaching can be scholarly work if the same exacting standards of evaluation used in research are applied to the classroom.
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching by Nancy Chick, Assistant Director.
This well-organized tutorial contains all the elements necessary for initiating a SoTL project, from understanding what it is and its benefits, to all the steps in “Doing SoTL." Videos and visuals explain, describe, and expand on concepts.
How could I do scholarship of teaching & learning? Selected Examples of Several of the Different Genres of SoTL,”
Craig Nelson (Indiana University).
An annotated bibliography of SoTL readings and online resources organized into five different kinds of research into teaching and learning. Also includes a list of basic references on doing SoTL research.
The Gallery of Teaching and Learning, Carnegie Foundation.
Browse this website for examples of teaching and learning as scholarly work: collections, exhibitions, and case studies.
Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching SoTL Website.
This well organized site answers questions new users will have such as “What Is SoTL?” and “How Is SoTL Done?” Provides a gallery of SoTL projects, ways to go public, qualitative and quantitative methods for SoTL research, and more.
SoTL: Designing and Beginning
University of Central Florida Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
A worksheet, almost a tutorial, for those new to SoTL. Guides an instructor through picking a topic, choosing its scope, and the actual research design. Discussion of inductive and deductive SoTL research is accompanied by questions to guide the research design.
Ohio Learning Network: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Another collection of useful links with plenty of examples of “SoTL ideas that work,” including some online SoTL presentations.
Disciplinary Examples of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Buffalo State, State University of New York
This alphabetically organized site going from Anthropology to Technology, offers examples of faculty members in all disciplines doing SoTL projects. Some are live links, while others are bibliographic citations for journal articles.
Visible Knowledge Project: A collaborative investigation of learning, inquiry, and technology
SoTL projects that study new media technologies and their impact on education are published on this site. Includes a gallery of projects & articles, plus a synthesis of insights about teaching and learning emerging from this work.
Savory, P., Burnett, P., Nelson, A., & Goodburn, A. M. (2007). Inquiry into the college classroom: A journey toward scholarly teaching. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.
Bernstein, D., Burnett, A. N., Goodburn, A., & Savory, P. (2006). Making teaching & learning visible. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass.
Huber, M. T. (2004). Balancing acts: The scholarship of teaching and learning in academic careers. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Huber, M. T., & Hutchings, P. (2005). Advancement of learning: Building the teaching commons. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Hutchings, P. (2000). Opening lines: Approaches to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Menlo Park, CA: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Bibliographies on SoTL
An Annotated Bibliography of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PDF, Revised and Updated, Fall 2002) compiled by Pat Hutchings, Chris Bjork, and Marcia Babb.
A thorough, annotated bibliography compiled by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as part of the CASTL (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) program. The first section is titled “Defining the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” the second section is titled “Selected Examples of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” and the final section covers “Resources for Faculty Undertaking the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.”
Bibliography of SoTL, from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Indiana University offers a list of selected publications, profiles of their own SoTL programs (articles, grants, awards), and a page to allow scholars to submit a publication for the SoTL bibliography.
“SoTL Bibliography–Selected Sources on the Field of SoTL–Spring 2013” Kathleen McKinney, Illinois State University.
Extensive bibliography of books and articles on SoTL.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s SoTL page.
An annotated list of SoTL resources aimed toward the medical/professional careers, covering key SoTL articles, SoTL and ethics, and “how to” articles about conducting research and publishing SoTL work.
Online SoTL Resources
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CASTL) - Launched in 1998 by the Carnegie Foundation, the CASTL Program seeks to support the development of scholarship of teaching and learning that: fosters significant, long-lasting learning for all students; enhances the practice and profession of teaching; and brings to faculty members’ work as teachers the recognition and reward afforded to other forms of scholarly work.http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/scholarship-teaching-learning
Center for the Scholarship of Teaching (Michigan State University College of Education).
Resources for studying your own teaching, bibliographies of books and movies, and many other links to useful, sometimes unique, SoTL sites.
Learner-Centered Teaching – Blog and resource site created by Terry Doyle to assist faculty “in moving from a teacher-centered practice to a learner-centered one.” It provides links to research supporting learner-centered teaching as well as Doyle’s instructional resources and presentations.http://learnercenteredteaching.wordpress.com/
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Illinois State University.
A series of webpages offering a wide range of SoTL resources, including SoTL conferences and institutes, disciplinary support for SoTL, publication outlets, examples of SoTL work, and a comprehensive list of key SoTL journals, books and articles from 1987 to the present.
“10 online social network options for educators” by Brian Warmoth, May 7, 2012 (Education Dive: The mobile dashboard for educators).
Researchers and educators will find links here to social networks useful in their work and their interactions with colleagues and students.
SoTL on Campus
“From Minsk to Pinsk: Why A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?” Lee S. Schulman. The Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL) Vol. 1, No. l (2000).
This article provides a discussion of three rationales for an institution’s heavy investment in the scholarship of teaching and learning: professionalism, pragmatism, and policy.
“Visions of the Possible: Models for Campus Support of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” Lee S. Shulman (The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).
Describes several visions of possible approaches on college campuses that would “support, preserve, and enhance the scholarly work of teaching and learning.”
“Scholarship Reconsidered’ as Tenure Policy,” Inside Higher Ed, Scott Jaschik, September 21, 2010.This article discusses ways in which Western Carolina University has applied Boyer’s definitions of scholarship to their promotion and tenure policies.
“Higher-ed Movement Aims to Elevate Teaching,” Tori De Angelis, Monitor on Psychology, September 2003, Vol 34, No. 8.
Presents the debate on campus about whether or not SoTL drains typical research practices and the challenges SoTL advocates face.
“Ethical Issues in Pedagogical Research,” Shannon Kincaid and Philip Pecorino, Queensborough Community College, CUNY.
This work presents the outline of a framework for ethical guidance in doing SoTL research, using classrooms as laboratories. Discusses factors in formal as opposed to informal pedagogic research and when IRB review is necessary.
Note: The conferences listed below are held regularly, either semi-annually, annually or bi-annually. The URL usually leads to the homepage of the current conference.
Calendar of Teaching Conferences (Kennesaw State University, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning)
This is a comprehensive list of teaching conferences updated regularly with dates and places for the present academic year. Organized into discipline-specific conferences and those that are general or interdisciplinary.
Midwest Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Indiana University South Bend
The SoTL Commons: A Conference of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Georgia Southern University, Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET)
Innovations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the Liberal Arts Colleges
St. Olaf College and Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Regional Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching North, South, East, and West, are held annually. Other Lilly Conferences are also held in areas of the U.S. and the U.K.
This link connects to lists of upcoming Lilly conferences and archives.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference
Missouri State University. Springfield, Missouri
International Institute for SoTL Scholars and Mentors (formerly National CASTL Institute), Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Teaching and Learning for Empowerment: A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference for Minority Serving Institutions and Institutions Serving “Minorities.”
An annual conference held by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. See the Center’s website for dates and details of the latest conference.
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
Improving Student Learning Symposium
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
All Ireland Society for Higher Education Conference
National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)
International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Annual Conference
Calendar of Teaching Conferences (Kennesaw State University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning).
Comprehensive links to both general and discipline-specific SoTL conferences with location, current dates, and sponsoring organizations(s). Updated semi-annually.
SoTL Societies, Associations, Academies
The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).
A major initiative of the Carnegie Foundation, the CASTL Program is based on the concept that teaching is scholarly work as proposed in 1990 by Ernest Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered. See this site for articles, examples, and program opportunities.
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).
The Society’s goal is “to foster inquiry and disseminate findings” about teaching and learning in higher education.
Visible Knowledge Project: A Collaborative Investigation of Learning, Inquiry, and Technology. (Georgetown University).
A consortium of 70 faculty from 22 institutions working collaboratively to explore the impact of technology on learning, primarily in the humanities. The January 2009 online issue of Academic Commons, New Media Technologies and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, presents 18 case studies and synthesis of findings from their SoTL research athttps://cndls.georgetown.edu/about/grants/vkp/.
The Higher Education Academy, U.K.
Supports research and programs aimed at “improving the student learning experience” in higher education in the United Kingdom.
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).
A Canadian association dedicated to improving teaching and learning in higher education. Site is available in French and English; includes membership information, publications, projects, and more.
Scholarly Societies Project (University of Waterloo Library).
An extensive listing of the websites of scholarly societies and professional organizations worldwide organized by subject.