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

Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching & Learning Inquiry's Move to Open Access

Beginning in 2016, Teaching & Learning Inquiry will become an Open Access journal published in partnership with the University of Calgary.  The transition from our current subscription-based model published by Indiana University Press is currently underway.  The following FAQs will give you a further sense of what to expect and how this change will benefit the scholarship of teaching and learning community.

  • What exactly is an Open Access journal? 
    An Open Access journal is a publication that anyone can access in its entirety via the Internet, without fees, paywalls, membership restrictions, subscriptions, or other financial barriers. In order to facilitate this ease of access, content is online; no hard copy is provided, though readers can download and print articles of interest. 
  • Why did the ISSOTL make this change?
    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 (see below), and reduce costs.  The Committee sees OA as congruent with both the ethic of sharing that characterizes the SoTL community and with significant shifts in the scholarly publishing world. 
  • When will the change take effect?
    The 4.1 issue (scheduled for March 2016) will be the first to appear in the new OA format.  This is one issue earlier than previously announced, and will prevent our making the change mid-volume. 

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Students and Faculty as Pedagogical Partners Panel, ISSOTL 2013

ISSOTL 2016 Conference - Los Angeles, California

Thank you to the ISSOTL 2015 Conference Team and Local Volunteers for a fantastic conference! If you weren't able to join us in Melbourne, you can explore tweets from the conference.

The Board announced that the Society's 2016 conference will be in Los Angeles, California (United States). Join other ISSOTL members October 12-15, 2016, for Telling the Story of Teaching and Learning: Exploring What Works, When, How, and Why.

The 2017 conference will be in Calgary (Canada) in October 2017.

Bookmark the ISSOTL Conferences webpage to find the latest information about ISSOTL conferences.


Calls for Proposals and Upcoming Conferences

ISSOTL frequently shares calls for proposals and information about upcoming conferences on the Society's website. Here are two recent examples:

Jennifer Friberg and Kathleen McKinney (Illinois State University) are seeking brief chapter proposals for editorial review and possible inclusion in Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Beyond the Individual Classroom Level. 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). read more}

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 keynote speaker Katarina Mårtensson from Lund University in Sweden will be speaking about the relevance of networks and microculutres in the scholarship of teaching and learning. read more}

  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}

  ISSOTL Job Posting Forum  

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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