Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
To find SoTL literature, good general search engines to start with include http://scholar.google.com/and http://eric.ed.gov/?advanced. There may also be a literature database specific to your discipline (e.g., statistics education has https://www.causeweb.org/research/literature/). There are also many journals and conferences that specialize in SoTL, as listed below. For additional outlets, go to the UTEP Library homepage click "Search & Find" on the top bar, click on "Course Reserves" in the first column, type "CETaL" for the course name, click on the Bishop-Clark material and log in to access it. Dr. Larry Lesser presented a 3-hour workshop on SoTL (click HERE to see slides) at the August 21, 2014 Fall Faculty Retreat. Click HERE for information on any IRB approvals UTEP may require for your SoTL.
Outlets for SoTL
SoTL Proposal Award
- The debut CETaL SoTL Proposal Award competition was judged in October 2014 by a four-person committee of faculty and administrators. The committee unanimously voted to award two $1000 grants for projects which span departments in three colleges: Kien Lim (Mathematical Sciences) for his SoTL project"The Flipped Approach: Intellectual Engagement in Self-paced Learning Materials" and Reza Ashtiani (Civil Engineering) and Joseph Rodriguez (English) for their SoTL project "Exploring Students' Conceptions about Engineering Research and Scientific Writing."
- Round 2 of this competition was conducted in the first half of Spring 2015, with the same four-person committee unanimously voting to award a $1000 grant to Cigdem Sirin (Political Science) for her SoTL project "Increasing Student Success and Building Empathy through Gamification: The Use of Game-based Learning Strategies in Teaching Ethnic and Civil Conflict."
- Round 3 (Sept. 28, 2015 deadline) attracted a record quantity and quality of proposals. The review committee awarded a $1000 grant to Jeffrey Olimpo (Biological Sciences) and Lynnsay Marsan (BUILDing Scholars) for their proposal “Examining the Intersectionality of Science and Society: The Impact of Place-based Case Study Pedagogy on Novices’ Conceptual Understanding, Attitudes, and Motivation in the Biological Sciences,” a $500 grant to Connie Summers (Speech Language Pathology) and Celia Pechak (Physical Therapy) for “Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Interpreter-Use Training in Rehabilitation Sciences,” and a $500 grant to Nicole Mirra (English Education) for “Exploring Connected Learning as a Framework for Transforming Digital Literacy Instruction.”
- Round 4 was conducted in the first half of Fall 2016 and our committee awarded a $1000 grant to Meagan Vaughan Kendall (Mechanical Engineering) for her SoTL project “Proposed Pilot Study on the Impact of Peer Designed and Delivered Curriculum on Student Motivation in Engineering Courses.” Congratulations to these winners for having projects rated as having potential to lead to one or more publications, presentations, and grant proposals, as well as yield an improved version of the course being taught.
- More details regarding Round 5 will be announced soon!