SoTL 101

So, you are interested in SoTL research or maybe you just have a teaching/learning question you'd like to answer? How do you start? Welcome to SoTL 101. This webpage is designed for those who have never done SoTL or social science research. So, if it seems too basic, feel free to skip to the parts you need!

Dr. Marcia Dixson (FACET Class of 2006)
Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, IPFW

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is: “problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review” (Cambridge, 2010, p. 8) *

The references below explain the "how to's" and issues to consider when undertaking research about teaching and learning. Several of the books provide in-depth discussions of the topics from this website.

Enjoy!

Bass, R. (1999). The scholarship of teaching: What’s the problem? Inventio: Creative Thinking about Learning and Teaching, 1(1), 1–10.

Bishop-Clark, C. & Dietz-Uhler, B. (2012). Engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning: A guide to the process and how to deveop a project from start to finish. Stylus Publishing.

Boyer, E.L. (1997). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. Jossey-Bass.

Cross, K. P., & Steadman, M. H. (1996). Classroom research: Implementing the scholarship of teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Gurung, & Wilson, J. H. (Eds.). (2013). Doing the scholarship of teaching and learning: Measuring systematic changes to teaching and improvements in learning. In New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 136.

Huber, M. T., & Morreale, S. P. (Eds.). (2002). Disciplinary styles in the scholarship of teaching and learning: Exploring common ground. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education.

Hutchings, P. (2000). Opening lines: Approaches to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Menlo Park, CA: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Hutchings, P. (2002). Ethics of inquiry: Issues in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Menlo Park, CA: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Illinois University's blog The SoTL Advocate

McKinney, K. & Huber, M.T. (2013). The scholarship of teaching and learning in and across the disciplines. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Vanderbilt University's site about scholarship of teaching and learning

*Cambridge, B. (2010). Fostering the scholarship of teaching and learning: Communities of practice. In D. Lieberman & C. Wehlburg, (Eds.). To improve the academy. Bolton, MA: Anker.

Special thanks to FACET members and fellow FACET Retreat workshop presenters: Dr. Julie Saam, IUK; Dr. Irwin Mallin, IPFW; and Dr. Gwendolyn Mettetal, IUSB for their contributions to this website.

Thanks to Dr. Tamul's 2015 Research Methods course at IPFW for their help in finding resources: Brad Affolder, Christie Bowen, JW Kieckheifer, Jordan Littlejohn, Saneta Maiko, Ashley Motia, Niki Reynolds, Israa Samarin, Amanda Seilheimer, Ashley Whitcraft, and Joe Wolter