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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.

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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.

ISSOTL 2017 Abstract Submission is Open

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

ISSOTL Elections - Spring 2017

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.

SOTL in the South: Call for Papers

Date: 24 – 27 July 2017

Venue: University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus

The University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with colleagues at other South African universities, including UWC, CPUT and RU, will host an international conference, which focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning in the global South. It will showcase exciting and innovative research methods, new findings and feature provocative debates.

Why a conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) in the South?

2016 Student Presentation Awards

ISSOTL awards two student presentation awards each year at the annual conference, for best presentation led by a student and best poster presentation led by a student. Students receive a one year membership in the Society.

The 2016 award winners were:

2016 Emerging Scholars Fund Recipients

Nineteen students were identified as ISSOTL Emerging Scholars Fund recipients in September. The award supported their attendance at the Society's 2016 conference in October.

The 2016 recipients were:

Proposal to host the ISSOTL conference in 2018

ISSOTL and its Convenings Committee have extended the call for proposals to host the 2018 ISSOTL annual conference. We will consider proposals from any institution or group of institutions regardless of geographical location, although we have a slight preference for proposals from outside of North America.

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