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Students as Partners at ISSOTL 2018

by Sophia Abbot and Ketevan Kupatadze

Students as Partners (SaP) had a major presence at the 2018 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference in Bergen, Norway, this past October. Twenty of the 247 conference sessions, and two of the six pre-conference workshops were either focused on SaP work or drew on SaP literature. Not only were numerous panels organized around the topic, but our colleagues from diverse institutions were intrigued by this relatively new pedagogy and attended the presentations in the hopes of learning about SaP and applying it to their teaching in the future. We (Ketevan and Sophia) attended the conference and were struck by the prominent place SaP held within the larger SoTL conversations. We saw some of the core topics of SaP sessions this year pushing SoTL in important directions.

Communications Committee Seeks New Members

The ISSOTL Communications 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.

Invitation: Field a Question for Professor Elizabeth Minnich

Elizabeth MinnichIf you were at ISSOTL-Bergen this October, you would have heard Professor Elizabeth Minnich’s keynote lecture. You would also know that we did not get a chance to engage her in Q&A.

Good news! Prof Minnich has agreed to do a written Q&A on a short list of questions, and we plan for this to be featured as a Dialogue piece in a September 2019 issue of TLI.

Students & SoTL Committee Seeks Members

The Students & SoTL Committee is seeking motivated individuals to join our working group to revision and improve the marking rubrics used to judge the Student Awards.
 
Every year, ISSOTL runs awards for the Best Student Presentation/Poster of the annual conference. These awards aim to acknowledge work that best represents the purposes, goals, and vision of ISSOTL and add new knowledge, contributes innovative research, and/or provides insightful contribution to the field by a student presenter.
 

2018 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 2018 recipients are:

2018 Distinguished Service Awards

At the 2018 conference in Bergen, Norway, the Society recognized two members with the Distinguished Service Award. ISSOTL grants honorary life memberships to people for distinguished service to the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or to ISSOTL, with no more than two awards granted each year.

This year's Distinguished Service Award recipients are:

#ISSOTL18 Highlights

In addition to a wealth of engaging papers, panels, workshops, and posters, #ISSOTL18 attendees are invited to attend open committee meetings, Special Interest Group meetings, and other events. We've highlighted several below. Please check the conference program for all schedule details.

 

Wednesday, October 24

16:00-17:00 New to ISSOTL

New to ISSOTL
An informal meet and greet where people new to ISSOTL will mingle in small groups with ISSOTL leaders
Room: Nina – Level 3

Student Presence at ISSOTL - at the Conference and on the Board

Dear Colleagues,

It’s fall, and emails about the upcoming ISSOTL conference in Bergen are starting to arrive in my inbox, kind diversions from the dissertation and the job search.  Serving on the Board for four years and working alongside some amazing people, particularly the Student Representatives with whom I served, Roselynn Verwoord and Sam Lucie Dvorakova, I realized how much goes into the student presence at ISSOTL. I’m writing to invite you to consider how you can contribute to that student presence, particularly as you prepare for this year’s conference. 

ISSOTL Awards for Best Student Presentation and Poster

ISSOTL is dedicated to fostering inquiry and disseminating findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching in any discipline. We also recognise the importance of engaging and supporting the emerging generation of SoTL scholars. The ISSOTL Awards for Best Student Presentation/Poster will acknowledge work that best represents the purposes, goals, and vision of ISSOTL and adds new knowledge, contributes innovative research, and/or provides insightful contribution to the field by a student presenter.

SoTL Trade Winds: Technical Trades & SoTL

by Nicola Simmons, Brock University

Earlier this year I wrote to our listserv seeking literature pertaining to SoTL and trades education. I was hoping for peer-reviewed articles I could include as readings in a SoTL course aimed at community college faculty, and I was having very limited success in finding anything in the area (read that as: more or less none!). I wanted to share my findings in a blog to let others know what I and colleagues did find.

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