Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
The scholarship of learning and teaching advocates that teaching in higher education, like research, should be a scholarly activity. A teacher engaged in scholarly learning and teaching uses pedagogic research relating to student learning within the discipline to inform her or his approach to enhancing student learning.
However, the scholarship of learning and teaching further encourages teaching staff to research into student learning, and disseminate the results through conference papers and publications in scholarly journals and books. It emphasises reflective practice, and an evidence-based approach to learning and teaching practice.
The first step to becoming engaged in the scholarship of learning and teaching is to engage in critical reflection about your learning and teaching practice. We would encourage you to take part in our multi-discipline Teaching Portfolio programme, where you will investigate and critically reflect on your teaching and learning as part of a learning community. For more information on this programme please contact email@example.com
For more information on Teaching Portfolios, feel free to browse or download (in chapters or the whole publication): Teaching Portfolio Practice in Ireland: A Handbook (O’Farrell, 2007) (PDF, 5,710KB)
4th Annual SoTL Commons: A Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
9 - 11 March 2011, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia (USA)
The conference brings together people engaging in SoTL and anyone wanting to improve student learning outcomes in higher education today. The conference epitomizes that college teaching is intellectual work that is enhanced both by disciplinary scholarship and the scholarship on teaching the disciplines (SoTL). The SoTL Commons Conference is a catalyst for learning, conversations and collaborations about SoTL as a key, evidence-based way to improve student learning.