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Foundations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program for Graduate Students
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SoTL is research-based inquiry by disciplinary experts at the post-secondary level who seek to understand or improve student learning, and the teaching practices that facilitate that learning. Through a series of discussion-based sessions focused on foundational SoTL readings and one workshop, Program participants will learn about scholarly, evidence-based approaches to student learning and to their own teaching. Upon completion of the Program, graduate students will be able to
  • describe SoTL as a field and as a practice, emphasizing its key concepts, questions, and scholars
  • Use SoTL to begin asking meaningful questions about their own disciplinary teaching and learning experiences
  • develop a basic SoTL plan by identifying a meaningful question and appropriate methods for answering it
Graduate students who complete this one-semester Program will be prepared to support, collaborate on, and/or conduct SoTL projects (e.g., as co-applicants or RAs on University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants).
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Reading discussion group sessions
Prepare for and participate in any four of the following reading discussion group sessions:
  • Sept 19 (11:30am-1pm)
  • Oct 4 (1pm-2:30pm)
  • Oct 19 (11:30am-1pm)
  • Nov 8 (1pm-2:30pm)
  • Nov 28 (11:30am-1pm)
  • Dec 12 (11:30-1pm)
SoTL workshops at the Taylor Institute
Participate in either of the following SoTL workshops at the Taylor Institute "Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: SoTL Foundations for Graduate Students" (Dec 5, 1-3pm)
"SoTL Project Development: A Three-Part Workshop" (Nov 23, 1-4pm; Nov 30, 1-4pm; light reading & planning in between the 2 sessions)
Blog, vlog, or screencast
Develop a blog, vlog, or screencast to post on The SoTL Guide outlining a brief plan for a SoTL project with an explanation for how it draws upon the readings and discussion groups attended.