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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Start Here

An introduction to SoTL, resources, methodologies, conferences, and other useful information

Key Characteristics of the SoTL

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: What, Why and How?

What is SoTL?

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly inquiry of student learning and of teaching practice. At KU, the Center of  Teaching and Learning (CLT) is the primary source for professional development in this area. Some of the useful definitions of SoTL are:

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is: “problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review” (Cambridge, 2010, p. 8)

“The scholarship of teaching and learning involves systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations or publications.” (Kathleen McKinney, “What is SoTL in Higher Education?”)

“The scholarship of teaching and learning addresses the intellectual work of the classroom, especially teaching and learning, as the focus of disciplinary-based learning, captures that work in appropriate formats for self-reflection or presentation to peers, and applies the results to practice.” (Barbara Cambridge, Fostering the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Communities of Practice, 2001)

Why Conduct SoTL Research?

  • Improve teaching, learning, curriculum at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU)
  • Improve your teaching skills
  • Make it public through peer-reviewed presentations and publications
  • Get a promotion!


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