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.

To Do:

  1. Identify 3 key characteristics of SoTL that resonate with your professional experience and practice.
  2. Add your name and three keys to the bottom of the editable document (Keys of SoTL Google Doc).
  3. Compare your SoTL keys to ones listed by your colleagues in Keys of SoTL Google Doc. Add comments to other responses that strongly align with yours in the document.
  4. In your response for this activity:
    • Upload a screenshot of your contributions to the google doc as evidence of completion.
    • Optional: Include any additional ideas you gain from the ones that your colleagues identified.
  1. 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 video features several educators defining SoTL in the context of their own professional practice. The educators in this video express multiple experiences about SoTL.


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

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114 Responses for this Activity

  • 3 Keys of SoTL
    by Victoria Jackson (@victoriaj)

    I’ve uploaded my response

  • Three Keys of SoTL
    by Susan (@Susan Wilks)

    The three keys I chose all deal with the focus on student learning and reflective practice.

  • My Three Keys
    by Stephanie Ferguson (@stpark)

    Three Keys Focus on student learning. Be reflective and ASK interesting questions. What’s pleasing you? (find out, so you can do more of this) What’s troubling you? (find out, so you can improve this) Close the loop!  Busy schedules, fear of needing to change, lack of wanting to change often prevents this critical step.

  • 3 Keys of SoTL Activity
    by Mary Chaktsiris (@mchaktsi)

    Identified 3 key characteristics of SoTL that resonate with your professional experience and practice.

  • 3 Keys to SoTL
    by Brandon Sabourin (@bsabou01)

    Here is my response as posted in the Google Doc: 3 Keys to SoTL As mentioned by the first three or four speakers, SoTL is a systematic inquiry into teaching and learning Gary Poole’s idea about who is doing the work. With SoTL, the group involved grows. This can increase the impact of the work. more… »

  • 3 keys of SoTL
    by Adam Langridge (@alangridge)

    Hi everyone, Please find my 3 keys submission attached. Thanks, Adam

  • 3 SoTL Keys & Motivations – Google Doc
    by Mark Shannelly (@mshannelly)

    I have attached screenshots of my activity in the Google Doc.

  • SoTL Characterics
    by Miranda Mckenzie (@mx_mckenzie)

    Attached is a screenshot of both the key characteristics of SoTL as well as my main motivations. Below is a screenshot of a comment made to a colleague on one of the keys they identified.

  • # Keys of SoTL
    by Ramandeep Kaur (@Raman)

    I have added my response to the Google document. Here is the screenshot.

  • 3 Keys SoTL
    by Jen Booth (@jen.booth)

    Here are three 3 key things that spoke to me in this activity.

    2 Resources for this Activity

    • 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.

    • 3 Keys of SoTL
      shared by Lori Strauss (@lstrauss)


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