by Emma Spooner In this excerpt from her final essay for the SoTL Foundations Program for Graduate Students, Emma Spooner begins to think about developing her own SoTL inquiry. I loved the multidisciplinary approach of discussions of SoTL and the fact that it encourages cross-disciplinary research. I am just beginning my teaching career, but I have been lucky enough
by Galicia Blackman In this post, Galicia Blackman shares some of her initial reflections from her final project for the SoTL Foundations Program for Graduate Students, which asks participants to develop a plan for SoTL inquiry. Graduate school has its inherent trials, and studying away from home has an additional set of challenges. My foray into graduate
Recently while driving home, I was listening to an academic podcast and was struck by a verbal pattern of the hosts. They were referring to others’ ideas, research, and writing without clearly or explicitly identifying these others. Although the episode’s web page includes links to some of these materials as “additional resources,” in nearly 20 minutes, the hosts drew
How many times did you introduce SoTL to someone new in the last year, and what did that introduction look like: a definition, a description, a metaphor, a citation, a workshop, a book, a website? I dream of a SoTL primer, a little anthology of key readings that would together provide some coverage, depth, and range of
One of my strategic principles for SoTL highlights multiple levels of engagement. Of course, we encourage and support our colleagues who are practitioners or “producers” of SoTL, and we now recognize students as engaged in SoTL, not just as learner-participants in projects but also as co-inquirers (Werder & Otis, 2009; Felten, 2013). But there’s another population we don’t often consider in
After a lively discussion of “Controls in SoTL” on the POD listserv in early July, I worried that some of the key folks in the position to encourage, support, and define SoTL on campuses might still be sending the message that SoTL should look like something that many of us don’t recognize as speaking to, with, or for us…. Yet no matter
I can’t remember the last time I got so many queries about an event being recorded, repeated, or documented in some way. TLI reviewers aren’t the only ones aware of the need for stronger lit reviews in SoTL work: it’s one of the main sources of anxiety in SoTL…. Read more….