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From: Allison Lehr Samuels, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research and Writing Group 2017-2018
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the systematic, evidence-based study of classroom practices or curricular initiatives and their impact, along with the public sharing and review of such work through presentation or publication. Commonly, SoTL researchers frame and investigate questions related to student learning: the conditions under which it occurs, what it looks like, how to deepen it, and so forth. The research developed through SoTL-based inquiry can be used to advance classroom practice within and beyond a discipline; develop new assignment sequences, courses, and programs; and improve our understanding of complex learning processes and their social and ethical dimensions. Examples of SoTL research include studies of online learning and its effectiveness; research into the impact of supplemental instruction, group work, or individualized instruction on student success; or studies of the value of faculty development initiatives.
Starting Fall 2017, the CTL will sponsor a research and writing group to support the development and dissemination of SoTL projects. Participants are invited to share their work with colleagues, exchange ideas and approaches, and get and give feedback. The interdisciplinary group will meet monthly.
We welcome applications from anyone from the Baruch community—faculty, graduate student, staff—who is working on or thinking about a research project related to teaching and learning. Your project can be at any stage of development, from idea formation to data collection to drafting. Sharing your work is not required; however, regular attendance is. In the spirit of sustaining a collegial writing group, we ask participants to commit to attending the full series of meetings.
SoTL Research and Writing Group Meeting Dates
All meetings will be from 12:30-2:20pm. Lunch will be served.
- Thursday, September 28 in NVC 12-280
- Thursday, October 19 in NVC 14-266
- Thursday, November 9 in Library 763
- Wednesday, December 13 (reading day)
- Thursday, February 15
- Thursday, March 15
- Thursday, April 19
- Thursday, May 17 (reading day)
Questions? Contact Professor Cheryl Smith (English) at Cheryl.Smith@baruch.cuny.edu.
Click here to apply to the Writing Group. The deadline to apply is Monday, September 18.
If you are interested in learning more about SoTL in general and would like to learn more about applying for SoTL grants, you are welcome to attend the following workshop:
CTL Workshop: “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Grants Workshop”
Thursday, 9/14 from 11am-12pm in Newman Library Room 763
This session offers faculty and graduate students a basic understanding of applying for grants that support SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) projects. Learn about resources that help faculty identify internal and external funding opportunities and some basics on how to approach the grant writing process.
Click here to learn more about the CTL and its programs.
Allison Lehr Samuels
Director, Baruch Center for Teaching and Learning
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