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. After reviewing the Key Characteristics of the SoTL video (also below), think about which experiences are similar to your own.
Identify 3 key characteristics of SoTL that resonate with your professional experience and practice.
These were the three key take away requirements for me. 3 Key SOTL Requirements SOTL is a personal systematic examination of the process of teaching and learning At the core SOTL is a form of inquiry and reflective practice ultimately focused on the desired outcome – student learning SOTL begins with a question, proceeds through more… »
3 Key Characteristics of SoTL Habits to work: Brings habits of asking questions, gathering evidence of all different kinds, drawing conclusions or raising new questions, and bringing them to students’ learning and their teaching. Reflection on work: Depends on the notions of reflective practice and reflecting on their teaching as a starting point. Research with more… »
The 3 Keys of SOTL that stood out for me include: start my asking questions, design the methodology that reflects the nature of the question as well as the expertise of the researcher, go public and share your results. If you are asking the question, others likely are as well and will be interested in more… »
The three characteristics of SoTL that stood out for me are: Emphasis on student learning (getting feedback from students directly via surveys, evaluations, and evaluation of their performance in the classroom) Sharing this information publicly (via conversations with colleagues, presentations at teaching and learning conferences, engaging with other educational developers) 3. Critical self-reflection (via raising more… »
3 key characteristics of SoTL: Attitude to the teaching as to the research with the usage of all tools of the research approach (hypothesis, experiment, assessment of the results, etc.). Focus on student’s learning. Ask questions, find out answers and redesign, reboot the courses constantly.
3 key characteristics of SoTL that I identified with in my own teaching: Grounded in context – building on what is known. My student demographic has largely been international students so it has been vital for me to ensure the content is taught with this context in mind. Conducted in partnership with students – as more… »
In reviewing the responses of others I found interest in the similarities related to our motivations. The review reminded me that our investment of time in our personal learning as teaching professionals is demonstrated through our participation in this program. I wondered about the potential networks that may be found in this program.
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