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SoTL Research Process

This guide describes the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research process and resources available through the UC Libraries, the Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the Institutional Review Board.

What is the SoTL process?

From Wikipedia -

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL or SoTL; pronounced /sˈɔtl/ or /sˈɔtəl/) is a growing movement in post-secondary education. SOTL is scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by making inquiry findings public.

Introduction to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research

When considering a SoTL project, researchers often have one of four kinds of questions to address in the classroom or in their teaching.  These are:

  • What works?
  • What is?
  • Visions of the possible
  • Theory building

Often these questions come from the Scholar’s own experiences and a curiosity to understand or a need to improve what is happening in their own teaching or classroom experience.Exploring these themes can help to formulate a path forward to answering questions about the teaching and learning processes.

Resource “Opening Lines: Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” Hutchings (2000)

Support and many resources can be found at UC's Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L):

Reviewing the Literature and Finding Resources

The next step in the process is to put the questions into the greater context and explore what has been published on the specific research question or topic of interest. 

To find resources available start with the UC Libraries Research Guide on SoTL Resources -

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