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Want to start your SoTL journey? Support others engaging in SoTL?

  • The Stearns Center is launching a new program offering SoTL microgrants to support your SoTL project. Click here for information about how to applydeadline for academic year 2023-2024 was August 15, 2023; check back for application information for AY 2024-2025 in January!
  • Join a multi-institutional mega-SoTL research project investigating artificial intelligence (AI) and higher education. Click here for more information!

Upcoming Opportunities

Oct. 11th, 12-1pm


Dec 1st, 9-10am

Introduction to SoTL

You tried a new pedagogical approach or curricular innovation and it seemed to work! If you had studied the impact of that teaching change on your students’ learning, you would have been engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), which invites you to examine your classroom practices systematically, improve your teaching based on your findings, and then share your findings with others. In this introduction to SoTL, you will reflect on how and why you might want to design and implement a SoTL project in your class, and explore SoTL practices, methods and tools to help you get started. Attendees will be eligible for a drawing to win a copy of Nancy Chick’s Book, SoTL in Action.

Register for Oct. 11 session here.

Register for Dec. 1 session here.

Oct. 24th, 11am-12:30pm
Dec. 1st, 10:15-11:45am

SoTL Project Planning Workshop

Already have a SoTL project idea? Join us for a 90-minute virtual working session to plan your SoTL study and draft an IRB application for your research! Following a brief review of SoTL project components, attendees will brainstorm potential research questions and methods, draft plans for collecting and analyzing data, consider challenges of human subjects research, and use an IRB application template to develop application materials. Attendees will be eligible for a drawing to win a copy of Nancy Chick’s Book, SoTL in Action.

Register for Oct 24th session here.

Register for Dec 1st session here.

SoTL Chat!

Schedule a meeting to discuss your SoTL ideas, offer support and feedback, and answer your lingering SoTL questions:

Breana Bayraktar

Past Event Resources & Recordings

Jan. 18th, 2023, 12 PM

Introduction to SoTL

Mar. 21st, 2023 11:30 AM

SoTL Reading Group

View the slides from our meeting here.

Topic: Investigating student collaboration in an introductory STEM class through a mixed method study (article here)

Apr. 12, 2023, 12 PM

SoTL and the IRB

View the recording of our IRB content here.

Q&A session with a representative from Mason’s IRB to help you think about proposing human subjects research

Learn about SoTL and share your work!

Attend or present at GMU’s annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning (ITL) conference (held the last week in September). The conference is when the Mason community, and others from the DMV area, come together to exchange teaching and learning ideas, practices, and SoTL work. There are opportunities for you to learn about getting started in SoTL, as well as a variety of ways to share your SoTL work (whether it is an idea in your head or full project results to present). Be sure to attend the SoTL Lightning Talk Showcase Session at ITL—consistently the most popular session after the keynote speaker address!

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