Many SoTL practitioners, publications, and journals list potential benefits of a proactive approach to classroom scholarship, some of which are articulated in the video SoTL: Why Care?


The Making a Case for SoTL video by the Elon University Center for Engaged Learning also makes a case for institutions to support those faculty engaged in SoTL research.

From the list of potential benefits below, pick the top three statements that would motivate you to become more engaged in SoTL activities. You might also consider other benefits that you can think of that are not on this list.

  • 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.

Return to the shared document where you added your Three Keys for SoTL (for Three Keys activity). Edit your entry to include the three top motivations you chose from this list. Review and add comments to the motivations contributed by other participants.

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

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    • 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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