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Welcome to ISSoTL

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.

ISSOTL hosts an annual conference and publishes Teaching & Learning Inquiry.

INTERESTED IN JOINING ISSOTL? See the Join/Renew link under the “Get involved” tab.

Welcome from the President and Board of ISSOTL

2017 promises to be a significant year for ISSOTL.

  • Conference: In October, we will gather in Calgary for an annual conference that promises we will be “reaching new heights” in our individual and collective work. Throughout the year, we will be planning for our 2018 conference in Bergen, Norway – more on that later.
  • Journal: Teaching & Learning Inquiry is flourishing in its new Open Access format. The journal is receiving impressive web traffic, both in quantity of visitors/downloads and in its reach to readers across the globe. With this transition behind it, in 2017 Teaching & Learning Inquiry will be searching for a new co-editor to fill the (large) shoes of Gary Poole, one of the two founding co-editors, who will be retiring.

Current ISSOTL Memberships Extended to December 2017

The ISSOTL Membership Committee recommended to the ISSOTL Board, and the ISSOTL Board has approved, the following change to the membership year: 

ISSOTL’s current membership year of October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017 will be extended to December 31, 2017. Therefore, 2016-2017 members will receive 3 free months of membership. Subsequent membership renewals will be on a Jan 1- Dec 31 calendar basis.

Statement from the Board of Directors

As an international organization, ISSOTL is dedicated to open and critical exchanges among and gatherings of scholars from across the globe. In our mission statement, we affirm our commitment to “the collaboration of scholars in different countries and the flow of new findings and applications across national boundaries.” As elected representatives of ISSOTL’s membership, we oppose policies that restrict ISSOTL members from freely acting as scholars of teaching and learning.

Seeking New Members for the Publications Advisory Committee

The Publications Advisory Committee (PAC) is charged with stewardship of the ISSOTL journal, Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI), including its financial health and sustainability, and its alignment with the mission of ISSOTL. See ISSOTL bylaws for further information about the PAC.

The PAC is seeking to add new members, and we are especially eager to welcome individuals who can make contributions in any of the following areas:

Library Access to TLI

It's 2017. Does your library know where Teaching & Learning Inquiry is?

Help extend the reach of ISSOTL's journal by checking YOUR library catalog to see what they list for Teaching & Learning Inquiry. 

If your library doesn't list it as a journal, let your librarian know it's freely available  from http://tlijournal.com

ISSOTL 2017 Abstract Submission is Open

Abstract submissions for ISSOTL 2017 will be accepted through March 15, 2017.

ISSOTL Elections - Spring 2017 (Nominations Due Feb 22)

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning -- a growing international organization dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning -- needs leaders who are original thinkers, hard workers, and esteemed colleagues in the profession. ISSOTL's Board of Directors establishes new directions for this organization while managing ongoing activities and services of the Society.

Announcing a Search for a New Co-editor for Teaching & Learning Inquiry

For the past four years, Teaching & Learning Inquiry, has been co-edited by Nancy Chick and Gary Poole. As the inaugural editors, they have brought the energy, intelligence, and leadership needed to launch and establish the journal in ways that we can all be proud of. 

ISSOTL 2017 Call for Proposals

This year's theme is inspired by the conference’s location in Calgary, a city that sits at 1,049 meters high with the Canadian Rocky Mountains shaping its western skyline.  “Reaching New Heights” will push our thinking about the scholarship of teaching and learning. This theme urges presenters, practitioners, and participants to think about the future of SoTL and how we navigate the new routes for getting there. It asks us to take risks by venturing into the unknown, and to explore diverse landscapes as we gain wider views of teaching and learning. It invites discussions of both the peaks and the valleys of SoTL, and calls us to share our adventures in SoTL—what we’ve learned along the way, how far we’ve come, what we’ve left behind, when we’ve faced down adversity, whose hands have lifted us, when we’ve stopped short of the peak, and what’s accomplished by reaching the summit.

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