SoTL: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the "scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by making inquiry findings public."

The Teaching Commons supports faculty practices, research, and publication in SoTL.

This support encompasses

  • Communities of practice
  • Teaching chairs
  • Postdoctoral research associates
  • Professional development for graduate students and teaching assistants
  • Links to useful resources. 

Principles of Teaching

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"Teaching Principles" (online article)  presents a "small but powerful set of principles can make teaching both more effective and more efficient, by helping us create the conditions that support student learning and minimize the need for revising materials, content, and policies."

The article elaborates on the following:

1. Effective teaching involves acquiring relevant knowledge about students and using that knowledge to inform our course design and classroom teaching.