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.
"PhD Completion: An Evidence-Based Guide for Students, Supervisors and Universities" (online article) assesses completion rates for graduate students, lists common reason students do not finish the degree (or take longer than necessary), and offers suggestions for increasing retention and completion rates.
1. Reasons for Not Completing
Dalhousie's "Research Ethics Board User Guide on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research" (online text) "is designed to help instructors interested in conducting SoTL research ... navigate complex ethical issues by addressing key questions they may encounter while designing their research project."
"The user guide is divided into 5 sections":
"The 3 Instructional Shifts That Will Redefine the College Professor" (post) outlines "three shifts that will make instruction more complex and involved, requiring specialized knowledge and skills and unquestionably a full-time commitment" -- and offers suggestions for going forward.
- "Dabbling in both teaching and knowledge production may be appealing to faculty."
- "But it will become less and less tenable given emerging new demands of college-level instruction."
1. The Dynamic Classroom