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Faculty Academy on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

About SoTL

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Academy will be offered as a two-year community to support educational research. Faculty participants will participate in four meetings in fall and four in spring semesters from fall 2018 through spring 2019. By the end of this time, participants will have designed and completed a SoTL research project.

The SoTL Academy is open to full-time faculty and teaching staff. The academy will facilitate faculty members’ :

  • exploration of current SoTL scholarship,
  • development of a research question and research techniques,
  • knowledge and application of the steps in a research project,
  • opportunity to learn from other practitioners, and
  • plan for dissemination.

The SoTL Academy will foster a common cultural dialogue of research-based teaching practices across campuses and academic fields. The SoTL Academy objective is to work together to cultivate research questions and methodologies. Faculty will develop quantitative and qualitative data to analyze pedagogical practices, leading to a better understanding of how to impact student success and well-being. The assessment component of the new Faculty Academy, combined with SoTL’s implicit emphasis on sharing results, will support a growing faculty dialogue about scholarly teaching and student engagement. The academy will provide the University of North Georgia (UNG) faculty and teaching staff an opportunity for ongoing professional development and a growing community of fellow practitioners of SoTL, ultimately fostering excellence in research, teaching, and learning.

Application

Due

August 21st at Noon

Application Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of interest should include the following:
    1. Statement of why you want to join this academy community and engage in a structured approach to learning about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
    2. Description of a research topic/question you would like to develop/investigate over the course of this academy. What course/workshop/other educational situation will you use for this investigation?
    3. Description of your level of experience in SoTL or other educational research. Applicants without a background in SoTL are encouraged to apply.
    4. Explain how you would expect this academy to support your professional goals and contribute to knowledge in your department, college, and/or discipline.

Selection Process

The Steering Committee will review faculty applications and select a cohort. Applicants will submit a CV highlighting their research and teaching history, a teaching philosophy statement, and a statement of interest including specific research topic(s) for a SoTL project.

SoTL Faculty Calendar

2018-2020 SoTL Academy

Application Process Date
2018-2020 Application August 1 - 21, 2018
Application deadline August 21, 2018, noon
Notification August 24, 2018
First Meeting (see calendar for time and place) August 27, 2018

SoTL Faculty Academy Calendar 2018-2020

Date/Time Topic Place

Monday,
August 27, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Introduction to SoTL (Defining SoTL)

For next session:

  1. Read Chapters 1-2 “Introduction” and “Reflecting on Teaching and Learning” in   Engaging in SoTL
  2. Read SoTL Article provided on eLearning site for this Academy
  3. Review Appendices A-D in Engaging in SoTL to become more familiar with journals and conferences where you might publish or present  your project. Highlight several that seem of interest for the kinds of questions in which you are interested.
  4. Look at IRB website to familarize yourself with it.  https://ung.edu/institutional-review-board/index.php

Video Teleconference

CMG 246
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Nesbitt 5105
OCN SRC 581

Monday,
September 24, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Discussion of SoTL Article and Developing a Research Question
IRB and CITI training: Do you need to get certified?

For next session:

  1. Read Chapter 3 “Introduction to the Steps of SoTL” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. From the Appendices A-D in Engaging in SoTL, look at the websites of at least two journals. Consider these questions as you evaluate whether you would use this journal in your research and consider publishing in it in the future: What is the mission and audience of that journal? Is it peer reviewed? Who’s on the board? What articles seem of interest? What keyword are associated with the articles?
  3. Post in eLearning a link and/or citation of two articles of interest.
    1. Explain why you find them of value or interest.
    2. What are the “steps” that the researchers took to conduct their research?

 

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

Monday,
October 22, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Refining Research Questions and Library Research for Identifying SoTL in Your Discipline
Rebecca Rose, UNG SoTL Librarian

Search strategies used to locate SoTL articles found by participants. Bring your questions.

For next session:

  1. Read Chapter 4 “Generating a Research Idea” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. Do Worksheet from this Chapter

Video Teleconference

CMG 246
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Nesbitt 5105
OCN SRC 564

Monday,
November 26, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Look again at the IRB website and make sure you do CITI training if needed. See left navigation bar "CITI Certification and Training" for more information.

For next session:

  1. Read Chapter 5 “Designing the Study” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. Do Worksheet from this Chapter
  3. Look at IRB website and see if you need to do CITI training: https://ung.edu/institutional-review-board/index.php

 

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

Monday,
January 28, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Designing and Collecting Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data for Teaching and Learning
- Becky Johnston, CTLL Assistant Director

For next session:

  1. Read Chapter 6 “Collecting the Data” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. Do Worksheet from this Chapter.
  3. Prepare questions to ask for next session.
  4. Complete CITI training. See IRB website:: https://ung.edu/institutional-review-board/index.php

Video Teleconference

CMG 246
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Nesbitt 5105
OCN SRC 564

Monday,
February 25, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Designing and Collecting Quantitative Data for Teaching and Learning

Be ready to meet with SoTL peers & mentors to present your research question and plan. Use Chapter 3’s “Creating Your SoTL Plan Worksheet” to help plan your overview.

For next session:

  1. Read Chapter 7 “Analyzing the Data” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. Review the work that you did with your mentor and revise your project plan. Use Chapter 3’s “Creating Your SoTL Plan Worksheet” to do overview.
  3. Work on drafting IRB submission

 

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

Monday,
March 25, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Refining Your Research Idea and Preparing to Submit Your IRB (Institutional Review Board)- IRB Chair

For next session:

  1. Prepare to present your SoTL research plan: handout to share overview. Prepare to speak for @ 5 minutes and answer questions.
  2. Read Chapter 9 “Challenges and Solutions for Doing Research on Teaching and Learning” in Engaging in SoTL
  3. Submit IRB form for project

Video Teleconference

CMG 246
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Nesbitt 5105
OCN SRC 564

Monday,
April 22, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Retreat: Sharing Research Plan and Celebration of HIP Academies

Submit IRB prior to retreat. Bring handout & prepare to speak @ 5 minutes about project.

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

2019-2020

 

 

Monday,
August 26, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Next Steps: Status of IRB application and data collection

Participants will share the status of their projects.

For next session:

  1.  Square One: What is Research? by Gary Poole
  2. Principles of Good Practice by Peter Felton

Video Teleconference

CMG 246
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Nesbitt 5105
OCN SRC 564

Monday,
September 23, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

The Uniqueness of SoTL Research and Principles of Good Practice

Discussion of “Square One: What is Research?” by Gary Poole and “Principles of Good Practice” by Peter Felton

For next session:

  1. Bring questions that are arising in your project

Video Teleconference

CMG 246
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Nesbitt 5105
OCN SRC 564

Monday,
October 28, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

What is Going On? Chat with the Mentors about Successes, Challenges, and Questions
Mentoring

SoTL Peers and Mentors present and answer questions about your projects

For next session:

  1. Reread Chapter 6 “Collecting the Data”and Chapter 7 “Analyzing the Data” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. Prepare list of questions you may have @ your project

 

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

Monday,
January 27, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Analyzing Data for Teaching and Learning Research

SoTL Peers and Mentors discuss data analysis and answer questions

For next session:

  1. Read Chapter 8: “Presenting and Publishing Your Results” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. Draft and brink an abstract for a conference or article and plan to share

 

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

Monday,
February 24, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

What Are SoTL Conference and Editors Looking For? A Review of the International, Multidisciplinary Landscape of SoTL 

SoTL Peers and Mentors will share experiences and abstracts

For Next Session:

  1. Review Read Chapter 9 “Challenges and Solutions for Doing Research on Teaching and Learning” in Engaging in SoTL
  2. Bring notes or first/partial draft of a presentation or article about project

 

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

Monday,
March 23, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Mentoring Session: Preparing your Manuscript for Presentation or Publication.

 SoTL Peers and Mentors share drafts and discuss experiences. Write Now Academy Leaders will provide insights into processes of writing and publications.

 

DAH Dunlap 205
GVL Nesbitt 3202
OCN CLS 311

Monday,
April 27, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Celebration SoTL Academy – all current & former SoTL invited

 

TBD

 

2016 - 2017 SoTL Academy

Application Process Date
2016-2017 Application August 24, 2016
Application deadline September 7, 2016
Notification September 16, 2016

SoTL Faculty Academy Calendar 2016-2017

Date Topic Place
Saturday, October 1, 2016
10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Retreat and Kickoff Celebration: Introduction to SoTL DAH Barnes 216
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
12 - 1 p.m.

Refining Research Questions and Library Research for Identifying SoTL in Your Discipline
UNG SoTL Librarian: Rebecca Rose

CMG 262
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 564
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
12 - 1 p.m.
Generate the Research Idea
Preparing for Submitting Your IRB (Institutional Review Board)
Doing CITI Training

CMG 246
DAH HNS 402
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 581
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
Designing and Collecting Quantitative Data for Teaching and Learning with
Brad Bailey, SoTL Mentor

CMG 262
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 564
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
Analyzing Data for Teaching and Learning Research with 
Ramjee Sharma, SoTL Mentor

CMG 246
DAH HNS 402
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN Admin. 108
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.

Designing and Collecting Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data for Teaching and Learning
Becky Johnston, CTLL Assistant Director

CMG 246
DAH HNS 402
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 581
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Friday, April 28, 2017
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Retreat: Preparing for External Dissemination and Celebration of HIP Academies GVL Nesbitt 3110

 

SoTL Faculty Academy Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Attend workshops, retreats, roundtables, and mentoring for deep learning on SoTL, implementation of a SoTL project, and dissemination of findings
  2. Interact with SoTL scholars
  3. Explore current scholarship and cultivate an awareness of latest developments in the field
  4. Become familiar with common design practices
  5. Choose an appropriate pedagogical practice to measure for course outcomes
  6. Disseminate design and results in professional circles

SoTL Faculty Academy Leadership

Directors

Drs. Carney and Ng wish to express their thanks for the Presidential Innovation Award that partially funded the pilot of this academy in 2014.

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