Reflective practice is a key component of SoTL activity.  Often, it is the reflections that practitioners make on their work that become the stimuli for their research ideas.

In this latter phase of your planning process you should reflect on the process so far as you plan for the ways your project will be published and shared.

Before you present or publish your own SoTL research, take the time to examine and learn from what others have done. As an example, we look at a project from Simon Fraser University.

The SoTL research involved professors in the Mathematics Department along with professional staff from the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The team produced a number of videos and mounted them on a YouTube video channel as an advance organizer for large-enrollment, first-year calculus classes. The videos were designed to serve as self-study teaching materials for a flipped classroom teaching model that the researchers implemented. They conducted research, produced presentations using PowerPoint slides, and published and disseminated papers on the SoTL study.

  • Have a good look at each of the SoTL research outputs from the SFU Math project— especially the demonstrations of scholarship—from the SFU SoTL study. Reflect on your own project planning and think ahead to how you might share your results
  • Update the last section of your SoTL research plan with a dissemination strategy for making public the key findings of your research study. Use the document (a copy of the template as a Google Doc or downloaded MS Word file) created in the Refine Your SoTL activity and modified in the Design Your SoTL Project activity.
  • If you are using a Google Doc, click the Share button in the top right, then Get Sharable Link to find the web address for sharing your document for others to view. Use this address when you add your response to this activity or upload the current version of your MS Word document version.

This activity is part of the Publishing and/or Presenting Your SoTL Research section of the Scholar Module.

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9 Responses for this Activity

  • Disseminating SoTL Project on virtual CoPs
    by Elan Paulson (@Elan Paulson)

    In adding more content to my research proposal document, I have re-formatted content most recently added with respect to publishing and dissemination in blue.

  • SFischer Reflection and disseminating response
    by Sarah Fischer (@sfischer)

    Responses specific to this section are noted with “SF (Publish/disseminating response)”.

  • Reflecting on SoTL project
    by Dorina Grossu (@dgrossu)

    I use reflection as a way of learning from what was done but also as a way of continuously improving. Sometimes the small reiterative steps do help us to further continue our work in a quality educational environment. Thank you, Dorina Grossu

  • Reflections SoTL
    by Stephanie Müller (@smuller)

    This is a ever evolving strategy. It was implemented in Winter 2020, refined in S2020 and will be used again in F2020 with some modifications. Students and colleagues have given some useful input. Students especially found it helpful in reflecting on their own” hang-ups” as they’ve affectionately termed the activity.

  • Diana Degan Reflecting for Disseminating Your SoTL Project
    by Diana Degan (@dianadegan)

    When I stop and reflect on my SoTL project the first thing I would do is is use this information to inform the direction of my future classes so that all my students would have the benefit of the learning I gain through my observations.  Next, I would share this information with the Microsoft Team more… »

  • My SOTL Plan for Group Work
    by Mel Young (@melyoung00)

    My full response to the Scholar module extend activities.

  • Slow and Steady
    by Melanie Lefebvre (@ProfMelLefebvre)

    As for dissemination of knowledge, I’m lucky to work at an institution with an innovation hub which is a natural way to assist in knowledge dissemination. This provides a perfect avenue to consult with colleagues informally or at a more formal level such as a scheduled professional development session. Not only is there an innovation hub, more… »

  • Dilemmas with Scholar Module
    by Irene Stewart (@IrenequStewart)

    Reflection on a couple of issues include if I can publish my results.

  • Reflecting in Action
    by Helen DeWaard (@hj_dewaard)

    It’s not enough to have a dissemination plan. I need to be reflecting in, on, and of actions throughout this SoTL project. Just as rapid prototyping in the design of a bicycle or car requires adjustments as the product is being built, so too will this SoTL project adapt and iterate in action. With a more… »

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