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. 

Researching Teaching/Student Outcomes: A Starter Resource

Decorative: Four word clouds on the theme of SoTL, one in the shape of each letter -- S, O, T, L


"Researching Teaching and Student Outcomes in Postsecondary Education" (pdf) introduces the methods and techniques in research on student outcomes in postsecondary education, covering the following steps:

1. Initiating a Research Study

  • Finding a researchable question
  • Drawing from what's already out there
  • Formulating research questions
  • Some advice

2. Study Design

Barriers to Faculty Pedagogical Change

Decorative: Three arrows approach a brick wall -- one turns around, one crumples on impact, one bursts through the wall


"Barriers to Faculty Pedagogical Change: Lack of Training, Time, Incentives, and ... Tensions with Professional  Identity?" (online article) argues that -- while training, time, and incentives are "real and present barriers to changing pedagogy -- one key "underlying reason" for the "limited success ... in widespread biology education reform" is the "professional baggage" of  "a scientist's professional identity":