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N E W S L E T T E R - July 2015

Student-generated data -
Trends in the 2014 Conference program


By Nichole Powell, Brenda Harmon, and Margy MacMillan

In a pre-conference workshop at ISSOTL 2014, a small group of us decided to investigate how much of the SoTL work presented at ISSOTL 2014 was actually based on data from students. As we dove into the work, trends emerged around the kinds of investigations reported on and the kinds of data presented. This blog post provides a quick summary of what we found and raises questions that point the way to future work.

The workshop, “A Collaborative flash-research project on the state of the field of SoTL,” was led by Peter Felten, Nancy Chick, and Margy MacMillan. It had a number of objectives, including familiarizing participants with the breadth of SoTL research, developing protocols for analysing data from conference programs, and actually looking for patterns and meaning in the abstracts of successful submissions to ISSOTL 2014. Our team - Margy from Mount Royal University, Nichole Powell and Brenda Harmon from Emory University, and Sook (Ivy) Chia from the Singapore Ministry of Education, first extracted presentations that identifiably dealt with data from students.  Some of us continued working on the data in the Winter and Spring and thought others might be interested in what we found. read more}

Students and Faculty as Pedagogical Partners Panel, ISSOTL 2013

Communications Committee Seeks Members

The Communications Committee seeks nominations for additional members. The committee is responsible for developing and maintaining effective communication with and among Society members. The committee contributes to and monitors the website, blog, and social media pages as primary means of communication with current and potential members. The committee, in collaboration with the Publications Advisory Committee and the Advocacy and Outreach Committee devises and creates materials to represent the organization to public audiences. The Committee recruits, selects, and supervises the work of the Communications Coordinator, including the support of online interactivity and communication among special interest groups and other communities of practice within the Society. read more}

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  • Build networks, meet new people and interact with delegates
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  • Interact with world class invited speakers who will compliment a range of sessions designed to enhance debate and formulate positive approaches to the challenges ahead

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  Write for ISSOTL's Blog  

Potential posts to the blog can cover a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Society news from a board member, committee, or special interest group;

  • syntheses of recent SoTL research;

  • previews of recently published Teaching & Learning Inquiry articles;

  • showcases of SoTL research initiatives;

  • updates on SoTL innovations in international regions; and

  • introductions to SoTL resources that are relevant to ISSOTL members.

Posts will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Communications Committee. read more}

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ISSOTL maintains a Job Posting forum for members. Current members may post job ads from their institution by logging in, visiting the Job Posting forum, and clicking "New Topic."

If you are not a member of ISSOTL and would like to post a job ad on the forum, please email the job ad to the Communications Committee Chair, Jessie L. Moore.

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