Faculty at Carleton spend a lot of time thinking about teaching, and yet we don’t always do a good job of making our scholarly teaching visible, as I noted in the fall LTC newsletter. One way to do that is by publishing work in scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) journals or presenting at SoTL conferences. At yesterday’s LTC lunch, three faculty members shared stories of SoTL projects. This session highlighted the range of SoTL projects on campus, as well as giving some practical pointers to those faculty and staff who might want to engage in SoTL for the first time.
- Aaron Swoboda (Economics & ENTS) presented his work comparing student learning in a flipped intro econ course with a more traditional course. This work was funded by a Future Learning Technologies Grant, and was published in the American Economic Review in May 2016.
- Debby Walser-Kuntz (Biology) shared two SoTL projects, one related to integrating ACE projects into her immunology course and the other about her OCS program in public health. While the latter was published in a traditional journal, the former represents a rather innovative, peer-reviewed venue for publishing products that don’t fit well in a traditional journal format.
- Ken Abrams (Psychology) gave an overview of the path that eventually led to co-editing a book on internationalizing the psychology curriculum.
For faculty who are interested in getting started in SoTL, here are two excellent resources:
In addition, faculty and staff can contact the LTC if they would like support for SoTL projects. Academic Technology is also eager to help faculty and staff engaged in SoTL projects that have a technology component. Please contact us if you want to explore the possibilities.