What keeps you going? What motivates you? We’ve provided a list that describes potential benefits to help motivate you to become more engaged in SoTL activities, the WIIFM value! Reflect upon the things that make you love teaching and complete the following activity.

  • Improved outcomes and assessment scores.
  • Useful data for assessments, program reviews, retention strategies, and accreditation processes.
  • Faculty development opportunities.
  • Increased reflection on teaching and learning among colleagues.
  • Stronger institutional values on teaching and learning.
  • Promotion of new networks among members at institutions.
  • Scholarship opportunities in the form of presentations and publications.
  • Opportunity for outside funding to support program innovation.
  • Renewed excitement about teaching and learning, and greater self-awareness.

To Do:

  1. From the list of potential benefits above, pick the top three statements that would motivate you to become more engaged in SoTL activities. You might also consider benefits not included on the list.
  2. Return to the shared document where you added your Three Keys for SoTL (for Three Keys activity). Below your entry (from 3 Keys of SoTL) include the top three motivations you chose from this list.
  3. Review and add comments to the motivations contributed by other participants.
  4. In your response for this activity:
    • List the 3 motivations.
    • Upload a screenshot of your contribution as evidence for your response to this activity.
    • Optional: Include any additional motivators.
  5. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form.

This activity is part of the What is the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)? section of the Scholar Module.

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65 Responses for this Activity

  • Engage with SoTL
    by Pamela LeBrun (@PamLeBrun)

    I liked all the motivations! I narrowed it down to the three requested though. (Again shared doc wouldn’t open for me) Improved outcomes and assessment scores. Useful data for assessments, program reviews, retention strategies, and accreditation processes. Renewed excitement about teaching and learning, and greater self-awareness.  

  • Motivations to Engage with SoTL
    by Jessica Joy (@jessica.joy)

    When considering what motivates me to become more engaged in SoTL activities and explore the broader body of knowledge, I quickly identify with the benefit of knowledge exchange among my peers/colleagues within and across institutions, the opportunities for supported and self-directed faculty development as well as the availability of resources and opportunities to contribute to more… »

  • motivation
    by Caitlin Cull (@ccull)

     

  • Engage with SoTL
    by Wendy Tseng (@wtseng.tw)

    Enhance on teaching and learning Reflect on current practice Improve outcomes for students, instructors, and institution

  • Engage with SoTL
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    Motivation, Student Success and Value in Education

  • Engaging with SoTL
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    I completed exercise 1 and 2 together, so I am reporting exercise 1

  • Engaging with SoTL
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    I completed exercise 1 and 2 together, so I am reporting exercise 1

  • Motivators – do they all lead to increased student outcomes?
    by Melissa Sherrer (@MSherrerRN)

    What I noticed was that most of our motivating factors eventually lead to improved student outcomes/success, achievement of objectives if you break them down. For example, I am motivated by faculty development opportunities but this is because I believe faculty development leads to improved student outcomes. I believe increased diversity on voice and perspective provides more… »

  • 3 Motivators
    by Lori Strauss (@lstrauss)

    3 Motivators Renewed excitement about teaching and learning, and greater self-awareness. Nothing is more motivating to me than student success. If making improvements can lead to success on the part of students there is no end to the enjoyment of teaching. Improved outcomes and assessment scores. To have control over the improvement of the students’ more… »

  • My Three Motivators
    by Joe Varrasso (@JV)

    The 3 biggest motivators for me are: Better student outcomes and assessment scores. Useful data for assessments, program reviews, and accreditation processes. Stronger overall faculty that values teaching and student learning

    3 Resources for this Activity

    • 3 Motivations
      shared by Jenn Harren (@j_harren)

      3 Motivations: Increased reflection on teaching and learning among colleagues. I love the opportunity to learn from my peers and when we are virtual these days, it’s not happening as much (and even when we were face to face sometimes this doesn’t happen organically). I see this as a way to cultivate new relationships with more… »

    • Engage with SoTL
      shared by Lori Strauss (@lstrauss)

      3 Motivators Renewed excitement about teaching and learning, and greater self-awareness. Nothing is more motivating to me than student success. If making improvements can lead to success on the part of students there is no end to the enjoyment of teaching. Improved outcomes and assessment scores. To have control over the improvement of the students’ more… »

    • Motivations for Engaging in Personal Inquiry
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      I happen to be in the process of pursuing a graduate degree in learning and technology, which aligns extremely well with the value represented in this exercise. As a result, the motivations listed here really resonate with me.

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