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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.

Design ISSOTL's New Logo

General Competition Rules

Design a logo for the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to be used on the society website, promotional materials, during the annual conferences, and on the Society’s social media accounts (currently Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn). The deadline for submission is September 30, 2017.

The winner will receive a one-year ISSOTL membership (courtesy of the Board) and a $50 Amazon gift card (courtesy of an ISSOTL member).

A logo entered in this competition:

Apply Now to be ISSOTL's next Part-Time Communications Coordinator

ISSOTL seeks a person to be responsible for expansion, update, maintenance, and promotion of the Society's website. ISSOTL.com operates on Drupal and serves as an access point for a wide range of information about the Society, its resources, its activities, and its communication portals (a journal, conferences, and interactive and social media).

Slow SoTL: A Kind of Manifesto*

by Nancy Chick and Peter Felten

The Slow Movement—originating in Slow Food—challenges the frantic pace, efficiencies, and standardization of contemporary culture. Inspired by this careful attention to a daily task, we think the time is ripe for a Slow SoTL movement.

Advocating for SoTL in Family Science

In the summer of 2016, the major open access pedagogical journal in my discipline, Family Science Review, published a special issue on SoTL in Family Science. I had the honor of being selected to serve as one of two co-editors for that special issue. I saw that position as a wonderful opportunity to advocate for SoTL in my discipline of Family Science and to help bring some of the conversations and literature in the broader international, interdisciplinary SoTL community into the disciplinary SoTL discourse in Family Science. As several of the articles in that special issue documented, SoTL has a very small footprint in Family Science, and few Family Science scholars make repeated or sustained contributions to the disciplinary SoTL literature. Thus, the need for SoTL advocacy in my discipline was clear.  

Katarina Mårtensson selected as co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry

The ISSOTL Board is pleased to announce that Katarina Mårtensson has been selected as the next co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, joining Nancy Chick, who will continue in her co-editor role. Katarina will assume the position in July 2019, as Gary Poole transitions out. 

A senior lecturer and academic developer at Lund University in Sweden, Katarina is eminently qualified for her new responsibilities.  She is a widely published scholar of teaching and learning whose work has significantly contributed to thinking about the development of teaching and learning cultures in universities.  As members know, she has also been an active contributor to and leader of the ISSOTL community, serving in a number of elected positions, including (as of July 1, 2017) that of co-president.

State of SoTL Advocacy in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is a discipline representing two distinct professions: speech-language pathology and audiology. SoTL-friendly folks from CSD are always happy to report that Ernest Boyer, author of Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990), was an audiologist. His advocacy for what he called the “scholarship of teaching” served as the birth of the modern SoTL movement. However, despite the fact that the concept of SoTL has its roots in CSD, I would consider SoTL in my discipline to be an emerging form of meritorious research. While we have a small (but growing!)  group of faculty who embrace SoTL, we have lacked both an outlet to share our SoTL work and a dedicated mechanism to organize and grow SoTL in speech-language pathology and audiology. That said, there is a group of CSD faculty who have been very active in SoTL advocacy in our discipline. 

Call for Blog Posts: Disciplinary State of SoTL Series

ISSoTL’s Advocacy & Outreach (A&O) Committee has been busy developing and sharing resources to support SoTL across stakeholders and contexts. Our newest effort focuses on soliciting disciplinary examples of SoTL advocacy and outreach. To that end, the A&O committee has created a series of blog posts related to the “Disciplinary State of SoTL.” The committee is hoping to add to these examples over the coming weeks and months.

Designing and Conducting a SoTL Project using a Worksheet: A Baker’s Dozen of Important Sets of Guiding Questions

Many of us have numerous SoTL research topics or questions floating around in our minds. We have multiple ideas for design and measurement. We have thoughts, perhaps concerns, about IRB issues. We may be unsure about multiple methods/measures or whether to obtain qualitative and/or quantitative data. We are hoping to make the results and implications of the SoTL project public somehow and somewhere… and so on.

In my own efforts to begin to transform these disparate and numerous thoughts in to a solid, organized, meaningful, and practical SoTL research project, I have found that filling in a SoTL design and conduct ‘worksheet’ has been very helpful.

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