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Upcoming Opportunities



AUGUST 16, 9:00-10:30AM

Classroom Inquiry: Planning a SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Project


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 workshop, we will brainstorm potential research questions and methods and draft plans for collecting and analyzing data. Attendees will be eligible for a drawing to win a copy of Nancy Chick’s Book, SoTL in Action.

Register for SoTL Project Planning here

SoTL Chat!

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

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 https://stearnscenter.gmu.edu/programs/annual-conference-itl/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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