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. 

How Students Learn

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"How Students Learn" (web page) presents a webinar laying out 7 research-based principles explaining how students learn, "How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" (52.20 m).

  • "While she addresses an engineering audience in the webinar, the principles apply to most disciplines."

1. The 7 principles are as follows:

SoTL: First Steps

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"Getting Started with SoTL" (ppt), a 15-slide PPT, outlines first steps for new SoTL researchers:

1. How to Construct a SoTL Research Question

  • Where do SoTL questions come from?
  • Common questions answered by SoTL
  • Writing a SoTL research quetsion

2. Methods to Collect Data on Measurable Outcomes