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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5 Responses for this Activity

  • What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
    by Lynn Chartrand (@lynn_chartrand)

    Some thoughts on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

  • My Top 3
    by Melanie Lefebvre (@ProfMelLefebvre)

    The metaphor of the syllabus as a hypothesis but what is missing is the closing of the loop. Did we meet our hypothesis? Reflective practice of one’s teaching with an emphasis on student learning Asking a question vs. just teaching without looking for answer. Thus, there is evidence involved. Often stems from a challenge but more… »

  • SoTL #1 – Three Keys of SoTL
    by Sidney (@data_professor)

    I can imagine that you read the title, and are wondering, as I was, what exactly a SoTL is. Well, it seems you have come to the right place, as SoTL stands for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  I think this is a great activity because while I know alot about the subjects I teach, I more… »

  • Getting science-y
    by Irene Stewart (@IrenequStewart)

    Considering what SoTL is anyways!

  • So what’s the answer?
    by Helen DeWaard (@hj_dewaard)

    Whenever teachers ask students some tough questions or assign a tough project, they’ll often turn to each other, or ask the instructor “So, what’s the answer?” This is the beginning of some reflections on what the answers may be to some burning questions about SoTL – beginning with what key characteristics resonate for me – more… »

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