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Part 1: Exploring SoTL within your Academic Discipline

What research is being conducted on teaching and learning within your academic discipline of study? Part 1 requires that you explore the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in context of your own academic discipline by considering some examples of research related to teaching and learning. Some guiding questions to consider as you work on your definition of SoTL include:

  • What are some examples of research on teaching and learning within your discipline of study?
  • What types of questions are being asked about teaching and learning in your discipline? How are these questions investigated? How are results disseminated?

Initially the field of SoTL can be challenging to navigate but there are many avenues for learning what SoTL is all about. Here are a few avenues to explore:

Learning about SoTL through Interviewing a SoTL Researcher at Queen’s

Many individual faculty members and research groups at Queen’s are engaged in exciting and innovative SoTL initiatives, and are typically eager to share and discuss their research with others. Consider contacting a SoTL researcher on campus to interview him or her about his or her research. A great place to start is with the list of presenters who shared their scholarship work at the recent 2013 Showcase of Teaching and Learning at Queen’s

Learning about SoTL through General and Discipline-Specific Peer-Reviewed Journals

There are numerous cross-discipline and discipline SoTL journals from which to learn more about what SoTL is and how SoTL is disseminated. To see an evolving list of SoTL journals visit this list developed by the CTL

To meet the requirements of Part 1, describe (in 500 words or less) what you have learned about the SoTL within your academic discipline. Use the provided Certificate in Scholarship Template (.docx) and Certificate in Scholarship Rubric to guide your composition.


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