Kudos to St. Ed’s SoTL Writing Groups member, Santiago Toledo, Chemistry, for publishing his article, “Encouraging Higher-Order Thinking in General Chemistry by Scaffolding Student Learning Using Marzano’s Taxonomy” in the Journal of Chemical Education.
Did you make progress last semester? Tell us about it! Write me (julies) and I’ll pass the good news along.
This year, the Center for Teaching Excellence is again hosting learning communities for faculty members interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning (commonly abbreviated as “SoTL”). This semester, the CTE is piloting a new form of SoTL support: writing / project groups. Over the course of the semester, members of each group will meet multiple times to keep one another on track in their SoTL projects and share feedback. Groups will have 4 members and will set their own schedule.
Small groups, individual attention, & regular meetings: Each writing / project group will consist of 4 people who meet at least 4 times across the semester at a time that works for everyone. (So, group meeting times will be determined by the group at their first meeting.) Groups will provide feedback to one another about their projects and help keep one another on track.
Fall, Spring, or Both: The groups will be set up on a semester-by-semester basis. You may opt to participate for only one semester, or to continue on for multiple semesters. Signing up now only commits you to the current semester.
Fitting Writing & Research Into Your Crazy Life
- Paul J. Silvia has written one of the most popular and to-the-point books on the subject: How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing (Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2007).
- Also see: Boice, Robert. Advice for New Faculty Members. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2000.
Managing Time for Research and Writing
Robert Boice addresses effective strategies for managing time for research and writing in Advice for New Faculty Members (Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2000).
Kerry Ann Rockquemore wrote a series of pieces for Inside Higher Ed several years ago on making time for writing. Highlights from that series include:
Joli Jensen is currently writing a series of pieces for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s career-focused online hub, Vitae, on finding time to research and write. Highlights from that series include:
What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning? – Giulia Forsythe https://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/8571539827/
A Short History of SoTL
- Video: “History of SoTL“
- In your experience – in your field and here at St. edward’s – is SoTL considered a legitimate form of scholarship?
- What questions do you have — or have you heard others express– about whether it can be a form of scholarship?
- Read more (optional): Boyer, Ernest. “Chapter 2: Enlarging the Perspective.“ Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. New York: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1990. 15-25.
What is SoTL?
Welcome to the 2014-15 Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Circle! Some of you may be regular group members who join us for the entire semester. Some of you may plan to attend just one topic or another. Whoever you are, we hope this site makes it easy to participate in the group and enables you to continue to share ideas and discussion, even after the meeting ends.
Readings and videos are posted throughout this site, generally as hyperlinks to publicly available materials. You will always find the next session’s readings and instructions posted on the “Home” page. You can also access session information through the “Schedule” page.
Comments can be posted below the days’ readings on the post for any particular session. Feel free to use this feature either to share your views or to share additional reading materials.
Share relevant articles via Twitter . Our group Twitter feed (which pulls all Tweets tagged with the hashtag #SoTL and the word “teaching”) appears on every page. If you’re a Twitter user, feel free to share comments or links to articles in this way. (You can also share comments and links via the comments feature on each page).
Want a site like this for your own class? This is called an “Edublogs” site. Edublogs are flexible WordPress sites, and any St. Edward’s faculty member (full-time or adjunct) can get them for himself or herself. You can set one up as a personal site or create one for any of your classes. Contact the Faculty Resource Center if you’re interested.
I’m looking forward to lots of energetic conversations with all of you. And yep, we’ll always have coffee.
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence