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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  • My Three Motivators
    by Sheryl Third (@Sheryl)

    My Three Motivations: Continual re examination of my own teaching and learning. I am continually paying attention to my own pedagogical practice as to understand why I do what I do. This is a concept I hope to model for the students I teach Modelling reflective skills that can be promoted within the field of more… »

  • Three Top Motivations
    by Elizabeth Stanley (@Penny123)

    My three top motivations are outlined in the attached word document.

  • Engage with SoTL
    by Wesley Butler (@wbutler925)

    Please find attached a Word document outlining my three motivations with SoTL, and a couple comments on other educators’ posts.

  • Motivations
    by Karen Burns (@karen.burns)

    Please see attached

  • Engage with SoTL
    by Haley Whitelaw (@hwhitelaw)

    I have attached a screenshot of my google doc edit to add my top 3 motivations.

  • Engage with SoTL
    by Ardel Johnston (@ardel.johnston)

    Find attached a screen shot of each of the SHARED GOOGLE DOC showing the edits suggested as well as the COMMENTS made by me on another party’s motivation statements.

  • Engage with a SoTL ACtivity
    by Diana Spear (@Diana S)

    3 SoTL Motivations. Improving student understanding and success. – Improved outcomes and assessment scores. The feeling that I’m doing my best. Renewed excitement about teaching and learning, and greater self-awareness. More opportunities to learn and share from colleagues. Increased reflection on teaching and learning among colleagues. It was quite affirming to read others’ motivations and more… »

  • Finding my motivation
    by Julie White (@JulieSLC)

    To me, the top 3 motivations for conducting SoTL are: Renewed excitement about teaching and learning and greater self-awareness Increased diversity in voice and perspective of my pedagogy Increased reflection on teaching and learning among colleagues

  • Motivational Statements that lead me to engage in SoTL
    by Jane Carr (@jscarr)

    The three motivations outlined in the list provided that would inspire greater SoTL engagement in myself (Jane Carr) are: 1) Improved outcomes and assessment scores. This is the biggest motivator for me to engage in SoTL since we need to constantly research and evaluate our teaching the outcomes and performing the assessments for incoming students more… »

  • Motivations for SoTL
    by Maria Romios (@MariaR)

    – Faculty development opportunities. – Increased reflection on teaching and learning among colleagues. – Renewed excitement about teaching and learning, and greater self-awareness.   Above are the 3 motivations I picked from the list provided. My personal choices here related more to intrinsic value instead of extrinsic rewards such as money or publications, although they more… »

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    • 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… »

    • 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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