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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77 Responses for this Activity

  • outline
    by Oksana Perkhach (@Oksana)

    I am interested about how to get extend feedback from students about the course. It will help me to improve the course outline for the next academic year. Also I would understand which teaching strategies and methods are better to use to encourage students for better learning results.  

  • My SoTL Plan
    by Shiong Len Chan (@Len)

    I’m curious to know if getting students to reflect on feedback given to a paragraph writing assignment (by completing a feedback reflection activity) can help them do better in a related future assignment. My research question is, “How does reflecting on written feedback improve students’ future performance in paragraph writing assignments?“

  • Plan for a SoTL Project
    by Munise Gultekin (@MG)

    My Research Question: What are the strategies that hinder or help students learn in my course, and how can I improve their learning outcomes?

  • Outline my SoTL Plan
    by Yana Sokolova (@yana_sokolova)

    The most important thing I’m curious about now is the organization of hybrid learning, when you have both offline and online students during the same class. I have this situation now during my course “Quantitative Foundations Business”. I would like to know more about the strategies that might help me to work effectively with both more… »

  • Increase experiential learning in a Case Management Class (Social Services)
    by Jennifer Abrams (@jabrams)

    The full Google Doc is attached. How can industry tools and role play heighten experiential learning of case management  processes in social service work?     Case Management is a process that has some standard features but varies in sectors and agencies. What is common are the key processes (intake, assessment, monitoring and case notes). What is more… »

  • Does peer assessment and feedback improve skill acquisition?
    by Joanna MacDougall (@Joanna MacDougall)

    I am curious about whether using peer assessment and feedback contributes to improved acquisition of competence. This relates to “improved student outcomes”. Peer assessment is a contentious issue to include in final grades, however the benefits of peer assessment are great. Perhaps there is a way to demonstrate that formative feedback from peers is valuable more… »

  • Outline Your SoTL Plan – Andrew Molas
    by Andrew Molas (@amolas)

    I am curious about the effectiveness of active learning in philosophy classrooms

  • Outline Your SoTL Plan
    by David Schenk (@dschenk)

    Create an action plan to examine key questions about improving learning outcomes in a specific discipline area using your own professional practice, informed by the research of others, to build your SoTL plan. Objectives Explore key characteristics of SoTL.>> “scholarship of teaching and learning” (SoTL), involves an awareness and effectiveness to a your own practice. more… »

  • Apps for practicing pronunciation
    by Sarah Darling (@SDarling)

    As an ESL pronunciation teacher, I’m curious about the effectiveness of different methods of teaching and practicing pronunciation. This project would focus on effective apps for the practice stage when learning about word stress in English.

  • Outline for SoTL plan
    by Heather Melo (@Heather)

    I enjoyed this activity! We are continually trying to modify assignments or activities to better meet the needs of the students. Through the research planning process, we will be best equipped to share the information with broader audiences. Very exciting! My interest in around peer reviews. I feel there is value bt realize there could more… »

    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 (

      “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 (

      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 (

      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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