Now we move into the phase where you will outline a research plan for an SoTL project in your area of interest.

You will be doing your work in a document that will be used for the remaining activities in this module, and eventually shared in a SoTL Research Plan Folder with the ones done by previous participants.

Before you begin, choose the documentation tool you will use to complete the rest of the activities in this module.

Google Docs:

  • Make a copy of the  SoTL Research Plan template that is saved in your own Google account.
  • When the copy is created, edit the file name to include your name.
  • Click the Share button in the top right, then Get Sharable Link to find the web address for sharing your document as a response to this activity.


  • Open the document
  • Use the File > Download menu to save it to your computer as a document.

To Do:

  1. Start by examining the practice resource links provided in the Considerations section of the Scholar Module and the UBC SoTL Explorer. Optional: For additional background, review the planning documents in the SoTL Research Plan Folder by colleagues who have already completed this module.
  2. Create your SoTL Research Plan (Google Doc or MS Word) and describe your thinking about an area of research interest and a potential framework you are considering.
  3. In your response for this activity, share the link to your doc or upload your file.
  4. 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 Considerations for your SoTL Project section of the Scholar Module.

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59 Responses for this Activity

  • Outline the SoTL PLan
    by Pamela LeBrun (@PamLeBrun)

    I’d like to explore what the perceptions of students are regarding things that are of interest to them right now. I would also like to investigate what students really need as examples in the real workplace and office life now. Often when professionals get out of practice and are only in academic life we could more… »

  • Framework for SoTL Plan – Group Self-organization
    by Jessica Joy (

    The framework for my SoTL Plan is a variation of the template provide in this module, using the guiding questions to help populate each section. I seek to understand and improve how students self-organized for the completion of group assessments.

  • Question
    by Caitlin Cull (@ccull)


  • Refine your SoTL plan
    by Sheryl Third (@Sheryl)

    This project is meant to demonstrate to colleagues and industry partners that writing for reflection through creating a professional portfolio increases a students confidence and skill in describing who they are as an early years professional as they enter the field.   Does creating an E portfolio  support a student’s ability to describe their skills more… »

  • Refine your SoTL plan
    by Wendy Tseng (

    Research Question I am interested in the benefits of gamification in teaching and learning Identify challenge/outcome related to learning  that is related to your question. The creation of the game that fits the learning outcome. Encourage engagement. It can be measured both through qualitative and quantitative methods. Describe the instructional activity, assignment, or teaching strategy more… »

  • Refine your SoTL Plan
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    All about Online-Learning  

  • Does the method of course delivery affect student success?
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    Does the method of course delivery affect student success?  We currently deliver programs in 4 different methods Fully In-Class The course material is delivered via face-to-face interaction between student, Professor, and other students in the class Blended The course material is delivered 50% via face-to-face interaction between student, Professor, and other students in the class more… »

  • Plan for SoTL Project: Contextual Debrief Comparison
    by Melissa Sherrer (@MSherrerRN)

    Please see the attached link to view my SoTL Project Plan.

  • Refine your SoTL Plan
    by Lori Strauss (@lstrauss)

    Does the current practice of summary sheets improve student learning?

  • My Refined SoTL Plan
    by Joe Varrasso (@JV)

    My Refined SoTL Plan is attached.

    5 Resources for this Activity

    • Refine your SoTL Plan
      shared by Lori Strauss (@lstrauss)

      Does the current practice of use of summary sheets have a positive impact on student learning.

    • SoTL Explorer (UBC)
      shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog)

      “SoTL Explorer is a tool that allows instructors and administrators to identify trends and patterns in SoTL projects at UBC, and to identify related efforts as a project planning aid.”

    • SoTL Research Plan Folder (Ontario Extend)
      shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog)

      Our collection of shared research plans by people who have completed the Extend Scholar Module

    • SoTL Research Plan Template (Ontario Extend)
      shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog)

      Make a copy of the planning document that you can edit in your own Google Drive. At the end of the Scholar Module, you will share your plan back to the shared drive folder.

    • The Impact of Complex Presentations on Cognitive Load
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      I’ve recently read an article about the impact that complex presentations have on learners’ cognitive load. I frequently use animation and multimedia in my presentations to encourage student engagement. Is it possible that while increasing engagement, I’m decreasing learning? I hope not!

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