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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36 Responses for this Activity

  • Keys of SoTL
    by Radica Bissoondial (@rbissoondial)

    The three key characteristics of SoTL that resonated with me are: Inquiry Practice Impact In inquiry, there must be an expertise or passion to transfer to learners the seeking of knowledge. This can begin by a question or opening the curiosity factor.  In practice, this is where the teacher/faculty, use the best method of teaching more… »

  • Keys of SOTL – Anne Pearson
    by Anne Pearson (@agpearson)

    Anne Pearson The three key characteristics of SOTL that resonated most with me are: Fostering Curiosity through asking ourselves and students interesting questions.  Keeping our minds open to new practices, current research and diverse points of view. Emulating good habits by bringing our expertise, skills and knowledge from both the business world and academic experience more… »

  • Three Keys Activity
    by Kristi Hall (@kkhall)

    Kristi Hall My three key characteristics of SOTL that stood out to me are: Asking questions – i.e. how can I further engage my students? What tools will they respond to best? Looking for answers – i.e. what will indicate their engagement to me?  How will I know? Reflecting – were there any biases in more… »

  • SoTL- 3 Keys and Motivations
    by Sheeba (@svilakkathusaidu)

    Link is provided for the 3 keys and motivations.

  • SoTL- 3 Keys and MotivationsThe p
    by Sheeba (@svilakkathusaidu)

    Link is provided for the 3 keys and motivations.

  • Keys
    by amy taylor (@amytaylor)

    I think the three keys for me really are being intentional in my enquiry (asking the right questions), building a networking of ‘equally interested in the process’ people (learning with and from them) and lastly the value of reflection.  We are often celebrated for our outcomes that this often doesn’t acknowledge the path it took more… »

  • 3 Keys – Jenn Harren
    by Jenn Harren (@j_harren)

    Inquiry – asking questions; any and all.  Really digging into the “whys” of what I’m doing as an educator.  I.e. are my Learning Objectives lining up with the theories I teach, with assessments, with the approaches I take in asynchronous and synchronous teaching. Reflective practice for the educator – taking time to reflect on what more… »

  • SoTL: A Reflection
    by Julie Cross (@Julie Cross)

    This activity was a great reminder for me; the reasons I love teaching and learning are rooted squarely in the inquiry and ongoing reflection and adaptation of both teaching materials and methods. I hadn’t thought of it as a research approach before. Hearing “If I teach this stuff, in this way, what will the students more… »

  • 3 Keys and Motivations
    by Nidia Martinez (@nmartinez)

    I have posted my 3 Keys and Motivations.

  • SoTL – 3 Keys & Motivation
    by Mona Brennan-Coles (@MonaBC)

    The three keys that resonated with me are in the attached file along with the motivations.

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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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