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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  • Engage with SoTL
    by Radica Bissoondial (@rbissoondial)

    Radica Bissoondial Three Motivations: Promotion of new networks among members at institutions. Increased reflection on teaching and learning among colleagues. Increased networking with academic outcomes and workforce expectations to current times and future trends

  • SOTL Motivations – Anne Pearson
    by Anne Pearson (@agpearson)

    Three Motivations for SOTL  Three Motivations: Renewed personal excitement about teaching, learning and greater self-awareness – As a life long learner I really enjoy staying current in my teaching practices and continuously looking at how to make positive improvements Increased student engagement, learning and a broader ability to reach more students – Being open to more… »

  • 3 Keys – Jenn Harren
    by Jenn Harren (@j_harren)

    3 Key characteristics of SoTL: Inquiry – asking questions; any and all.  Really digging into the “whys” of what I’m doing as an educator.  I.e. are my Learning Objectives lining up with the theories I teach, with assessments, with the approaches I take in asynchronous and synchronous teaching. Reflective practice for the educator – taking more… »

  • Motivations
    by amy taylor (@amytaylor)

    This was an interesting exercise as I never really have taken the time to think about what motivates my teaching.  I think I could always answer why I chose teaching, but what motivates my choices within my pedagogy, chosen courses, content etc. I watched a ted talks on the importance of having two passions as more… »

  • Kristi Motivations Activity
    by Kristi Hall (@kkhall)

    Motivations Better student outcomes and assessment scores. – are more students engaged throughout the program, both online and on campus Useful data for assessments, program reviews, and accreditation processes. – Program Advisory Committee meetings, having data to present Increased reflection on teaching and learning among colleagues. – collaborating with our teaching team and new coordinator more… »

  • Engage with SoTL
    by Sheeba (@svilakkathusaidu)

    Provided link shows, how the listed potential benefits matches with the motivation statements which I stated earlier.

  • Engage with SoTL
    by Nidia Martinez (@nmartinez)

    I have added Motivations statements to what I had written before and how it fits to the response and Keys.

  • SoTL – Motivation to Engage
    by Mona Brennan-Coles (@MonaBC)

    Please see the attached file “Value of SoTL – MonaBC” for the factors that motivate me to engage in SoTL. As I read through the 3 SoTL Keys & Motivation Google Doc, I realized that others have similar motivations for engaging in SoTL. I add this comment to a colleague’s post — it could have more… »

  • SOTL 3 Motivators
    by Tracey Chase (@traceychase)

    Three Characteristics of SOTL that stuck with me: Ongoing, reflective practice with a focus on student learning.  Find a way to build into your semester time to reflect and capture your observations.  Ask interesting questions.  When you are looking for answers, capture the evidence.  It’s important to have evidence that you can use to figure more… »

  • Key Motivations
    by Anahita Khazaei (@Ana)

    Please see attached my key motivations for engaging in SoTL. (I also commented on Gary and Sheryl’s motivations in the google doc)

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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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