We are developing the module on scholarly teaching and sotl. This module is expected to provide 2 hours of engagement by the participants. So the module is a practical introduction to the concepts and at the end, we will direct people who want to engage further, to resources/literature.
The ‘table of contents’ for the module is given below. What we want to do in the module is introduce new teaching staff to the difference between being a scholarly teacher and engaging in the scholarship of teaching. We’ll ask staff to: view a video clip of international colleagues discussing their definitions of SoTL; skim a chapter on the benefits of SoTL; and find a teaching and learning journal in their discipline.
Then we plan to introduce the different types of evaluation strategies that can be used to improve teaching and collect evidence to improve student learning and for probation, promotion, teaching awards. This work will be based on the 2009 Light, Cox and Caulkin evaluation chapter in their book “Learning and teaching in higher education”. Strategies include things like peer review, buzz groups, questionnaires, reflective triads, and focus groups. In terms of activities, we will ask participants to try one of the strategies.
As we are in the process of finalising our module, we would appreciate your thoughts on the current approach to the module and our questions below.
- Can you suggest great resources that we simply must include?
- Are there particular (short) activities that we might consider?
- Any other feedback?
Module table of contents
Welcome video (introduction to the module)
Context and definitions
Teaching and learning scholars
Why take a scholarly teaching approach?
Concerns about SoTL (the pros and cons of engaging in L&T research)
Where do I start?
Using evaluation to improve your students’ learning
- Buzz groups
- Peer review of teaching
Where do I get help from/go from here?
Using SoTL and scholarly teaching to progress your career
Kym Fraser, Swinburne University of Technology
Bernie Fisher, Australian Catholic University