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Conference on Excellent Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Registration is now open for the July 24th-25th Conference on Excellent Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, hosted by The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. More information about the conference can be found at the conference website.  The conference features keynotes by George Kuh (Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale) and W. Brad Johnson (On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Faculty in Higher Education), multi-institutional research conducted through the 2014-2016 Center for Engaged Learning Research Seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, and related research by other scholars.

Invitation to Participate in Multi-Disciplinary SOTL Study

Dear SOTL colleagues:

We are writing to invite you to participate in a multi‐disciplinary Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) project investigating how graduate students’ participation in a graduate pedagogy course influences their development as teacher‐scholars. Our Indiana University investigator team is Valerie O’Loughlin (Medical Sciences), Jennifer Meta Robinson (Anthropology), Catherine Sherwood‐Laughlin (Applied Health Science), and Katherine Kearns (Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning). This project was reviewed and granted exempt status by the IU Institutional Review Board (IU IRB # 150357724).

TLI now available to all

Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI)—the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)—is now available online and open access at TLIjournal.com

ISSOTL Elections - Spring 2016

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 officers establish new directions for this organization while managing ongoing activities and services of the Society.

The ISSOTL Leadership and Elections Committee welcomes suggestions for nominees for the following positions:

International Summer Institute on ‘Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’

The first International Summer Institute on ‘Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ is to be organised by McMaster Institute for Innovation and Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL), Canada in early May 2016.

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CFP: 6th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference

Dalhousie University invites you to submit a proposal to the 6th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference from June 15 to 17, 2016 in Halifax, Canada.  The conference website is available at: http://www.dal.ca/dept/clt/events-news/Threshold_Concepts.html 

Call for Chapter Proposals for Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Beyond the Individual Classroom Level

We are seeking brief chapter proposals for editorial review and possible inclusion in this volume. The purpose of this book is to share with others in higher education examples of applying scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) results to teaching and student learning beyond the individual classroom level. The focus is on the use of SoTL--practitioner, action reflection/research (usually on the researchers’ own students and/or students in their discipline at a local level)--and its application at the multi-section course, program, department, college, co-curricular, institutional, or disciplinary level(s). The SoTL results or implications applied could be from the author’s own SoTL project(s) and/or from application of a synthesis of others’ SoTL work on a given topic or in the discipline.

Research on Teaching & Learning Conference

McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada, will be hosting their annual Research on Teaching & Learning conference on December 9 & 10, 2015.  This year, the conference theme is Cultivating Communities, and we are thrilled to welcome Katarina Mårtensson from Lund University in Sweden as our keynote speaker.  She will be speaking about the relevance of networks and microculutres in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The full conference program can be seen on our website at http://tinyurl.com/RTL2015

A Report from the Publications Advisory Committee: ISSOTL to Partner with the University of Calgary as Teaching & Learning Inquiry Moves to Open Access Publication

Beginning in July 2016, Teaching & Learning Inquiry will be hosted at the University of Calgary as part of the university’s Open Access publishing program through Libraries and Cultural Resources. The 4.2 issue (scheduled for September 2016) will be the first to appear in the new format.

As noted in previous reports from the Publications Advisory Committee (PAC), the move to Open Access (OA) will have a number of advantages. This more accessible format will make the SoTL community’s work more widely available, open up the journal to online-only features, and reduce costs. The Committee sees OA as congruent with both the ethic of sharing that characterizes the SoTL community and the significant shifts in the scholarly publishing world. 

Communications Committee Seeks Members

The Communications Committee seeks nominations for additional members.

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