Developing SoTL Projects

Develop an effective SoTL project by participating in activities that address the fundamental work of doing SoTL, drawing on our SoTL Guide, or applying for a SoTL grant.

SoTL Series

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Series is a collection of one-hour monthly sessions designed to provide current and prospective SoTL researchers resources and support throughout the life of their project. Beginning September 2017, each session highlights key stages, decisions, or concepts within the specific context of SoTL research. Fall 2017 sessions are: 

  • "The SoTL Series: Getting Started," September 21
  • "The SoTL Series: Partnering with Students," October 4
  • "The SoTL Series: Ethics in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning," November 8
  • "The SoTL Series: Aligning Research Questions and Design," December 7

 

    The SoTL Guide

    The SoTL Guide is an online resource with two sections: a brief introduction to understanding SoTL and doing SoTL, and a tutorial of the basics of designing a SoTL project. Our SoTL blog, The SoTL Guide, is also linked from this site.

     

    Support for Teaching and Learning Grants

    The University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants, which are offered through the Office of the Provost and administered by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, includes a SoTL Stream to support individual and collaborative SoTL projects and a Lesson Study Stream to support this specific type of team-based SoTL project.

     

    Request a Third-Party Proxy for Recruitment 

    A best practice in ethical SoTL projects is using a third party outside of your project for recruitment activities (e.g., administering informed consent forms and surveys). This practice "eliminates peer pressure and allows students who are not interested in participating to easily decline with anonymity" and helps eliminate undue influence (from the University of Calgary's CFREB: "Ethical Considerations for Research in University of Calgary Courses" page 2).

    The Taylor Institute employs a few SoTL Research Assistants who may be available for this service, depending on their schedules.  To request such support, please do the following:

    • Put in request at least 4 weeks before the date of the class visit for recruitment, informed consent, and/or survey administration. This will give us time to check the availability of SoTL Research Assistants who will facilitate the survey. 
    • SoTL RAs will schedule a 5- to 10- minute time slot to visit the class in order to deliver instructions. During this time, the instructor will step out of the class.
    • If you need us to set up the survey on our account, we will need a copy of that survey at least 2 weeks in advance.
    • If you have designed your survey, you will need to provide the link to our SoTL RA.
    • The RA will close the survey at the specified time.
    • You will need to observe the current ethics protocols for communicating the research to your students. (For details and questions, see the University of Calgary's CFREB site. For a brief introduction and some guiding principles in ethical SoTL, see "Doing SoTL Ethically" on the Taylor Institute's SoTL Guide.)