Everybody involved in teaching has questions about the success of their practice. We deal with some of the questions informally all the time. In other cases, we seek to formalize our enquiry by doing research, and that is what the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is about.

This video features several educators defining SoTL in the context of their own professional practice.

The educators in this video above express multiple experiences about SoTL. Think about which of the experiences are similar to your own.

  • From this video, identify three key characteristics of SoTL that resonate with your professional experience and practice.
  • Open our editable Keys of SoTL Google Doc and add your name and three keys to the bottom of the document.
  • Compare your SoTL keys to ones listed by your colleagues. Use the Google Docs feature to add a comment to other responses that strongly align with yours.

Take a screenshot of your contribution to share as an uploaded evidence for your response to this activity. Copy your keys as well in your response and include any additional ideas you gain from the ones that your colleagues identified.


This activity is part of the What is the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)? section of the Scholar Module.

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15 Responses for this Activity

  • 3 Keys
    by Kim Wilmink (@KWilmink)

    Attached is my response to the 3 Keys of SoTL activity.

  • Kays and Motivations of SoTL
    by Elan Paulson (@Elan Paulson)

    It was interesting to review the various reflections on SoTL from colleagues who posted in the document before me. Here is what I added in response to others: To Vasudevan – I agree with this. Contexts and students are always different, scholar-practitioners should always question their own assumptions, and we need to keep the conversation more… »

  • SFischer 3Keys SoTL Activity
    by Sarah Fischer (@sfischer)

    Included is a screenshot of my 3 Keys response to the SoTL activity.

  • 3 Keys of SoTL Dorina Grossu
    by Dorina Grossu (@dgrossu)

    Dorina Grossu: 3 Key Characteristics SoTL: -1. It is an experiment, therefore, questions need to be asked (students and teachers/professors) -2. Formulate the hypothesis (teachers/professors and students) -3.Close the loop by re-examining the results for both teachers/professors and students. It is a learning path and sharing the outcomes is part of the learning and development. more… »

  • 3 Keys of SoTL – Vasudevan Padmanabhan
    by VASUDEVAN PADMANABHAN (@vasus7)

    I have picked 3 most important points from the Video “Key Characteristics of SoTL”.

  • Scholar – 3 Keys of SoTL
    by Brian Nuttall (@bnuttall)

    Scholar – 3 Keys of SoTL

  • SoTL
    by Stephanie Müller (@smuller)

    My department makes SoTL( inquiry cycles) a regular part of our faculty PD

  • Diana Degan The 3 Keys of SoTL
    by Diana Degan (@dianadegan)

    I am new to teaching, just a year in, so for me a lot of these terms are new. It all seems so “scholarly” and academic! I tend to bring my 33 years of expertise to my classroom and use a storytelling method as part of my technique mixed in with the standard presentations and more… »

  • Three Keys of Scholarly Teaching
    by Rosana Fialho (@rosana.fialho)

    Rosana F I love the idea of experimenting – trying things to see if things are working, and adapting as necessary. While it’s important that it’s based on prior evidence, we are constantly seeing changes in our demographic and so I think it’s important to take risks, try new things, and ask new questions in more… »

  • Three Key Areas of SoTL
    by Gurdeep Gill (@gurigillcse)

    I have identified the following three important key areas of SoTL: Include research into the teaching practice in a systematic way for a better learner experience, it can be tested and implemented in classrooms and let the learner’s share their experience that how it has enhanced their learning experience. Another key area of SoTL is more… »

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    • 3 Key SoTL Characteristics
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      This was interesting. I like the concept behind this approach to teaching… to approach it from a scholarly perspective and to apply an inquiry to one’s practice.

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