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Teaching in Higher Education: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This is a guide to the vast array of resources that can enrich your study and practice of teaching in higher education.

SoTL is...

taking a scholarly approach to teaching and learning and making those ideas and that practice available to public scrutiny. It is making transparent how learning is being made possible. It is:

  • A way to raise the status of teaching
  • A means through which teachers may come to teach more knowledgeably
  • A means through which the quality of teaching may be assessed
  • A way to enhance students’ experience of learning

(Keith Trigwell, ch.15, Scholarship of teaching and learning, in University Teaching in Focus : A Learning-Centred Approach)


Getting involved in SoTL

  • get started by speaking to your College Dean or Head of School, and find out who else is already engaged in SOTL
  • speak to your Education and Training Developers to see how they can help 
  • establish or join a network of university teachers and join a professional organisation like HERDSA or ISSoTL
  • become familiar with learning theories and teaching ideas and frameworks
  • attend relevant research conferences
  • list the questions related to your teaching and your students' learning that you would like to investigate
  • consider how you will make your investigation public (scholarship) - read the Research LibGuides, particularly the Publishing guide

Peer review

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