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N E W S L E T T E R - November 2016

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 purpose of this disbursement is to support new talent and encourage engagement of students in ISSOTL. The ISSOTL conference is a useful venue for encouraging engagement of students through the sharing of ideas, networking, and learning. The fund facilitated this engagement by inviting currently registered post-secondary students to apply for a complimentary 2016-2017 ISSOTL student membership and a conference fee waiver to attend the ISSOTL 2016 conference in Los Angeles, California.


Applications were evaluated by members of the ISSOTL Students & SoTL Committee. Although priority goes to students presenting at the conference, decisions also were based on the applicant’s commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning and the relevance of the conference/ISSOTL membership to the applicant’s professional development and career plans. The committee also sought to make disbursements to students from a diverse set of higher education institutions; geographic locations; and academic programs, departments, and faculties; acknowledging that there can be significant expenses associated with international travel. As such, the ISSOTL Emerging Scholars Fund is both needs-based and merit-based.

Congratulations to the recipients! read more}


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:

  • Mousumi De (2016, Best Student Presentation, Tie)
  • Lucy Mercer-Mapstone (2016, Best Student Presentation, Tie)
  • Ashley Akenson (2016, Best Student Poster)

SoTL Advocacy via Social Media

These days, social media seems omnipresent, with many groups and individuals using the power of various social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogs) to learn content, share discoveries, and advocate for literally thousands of causes and efforts. During recent conference calls, the members of ISSOTL’s Advocacy & Outreach committee have discussed ways that social media might be harnessed for SoTL promotion and for communication with current and future ISSOTL members, understanding that if we seek to maximize our reach to a large number of individuals (which we do!), social media could be valuable for ISSOTL and for SoTL, in general.

Our committee views advocacy via social media broadly, understanding that not every person involved with SoTL is a dedicated social media user for personal or for professional efforts. Realistically, we recognize that SoTL-centric social media has both producers (those who post frequently and share ideas regularly) and consumers (those who read the posts of producers to learn/think about SoTL) -- and that both are necessary for effective SoTL dissemination and advocacy. Producers advocate for SoTL by posting new information to share with others while consumers read, share and respond to the posts made by producers in order to develop conversations about SoTL. The balance between the two roles allows for a variety of voices to be heard to advocate for SoTL locally and globally. read more}



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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."



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