The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Foundations for Postdocs invites postdocs across all disciplines interested in SoTL to join us for our sixth and final discussion-based session, SoTL’s Multiplicity.
As in all sessions, we will take some time to become acquainted, to discuss/review what SoTL is, and to reflect upon the session’s reading as foundational to SoTL research and practice.
In this last discussion-based session, we take up Gary Poole’s chapter, “Square one: What is Research?” in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in and Across the Disciplines (2013). In this piece, Poole outlines some of the disciplinary challenges researchers confront when doing SoTL work. He articulates what SoTL research can look like depending on the kinds of disciplinary engagement it involves, describes differences that can serve as barriers to inter or transdisciplinary work, and he contends that a universally acceptable definition of research may be a starting point from which to engage multiple voices in SoTL work. Poole’s insights create space for us to contemplate where our SoTL work positions us with respect to multi, inter, or transdisciplinarity and the benefits and challenges that this location opens up for us.
This workshop can be used toward the 2017-2018 SoTL Foundations for Postdocs badge.