The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) uses discovery, reflection, and evidence-based methods to research effective teaching and student learning. These findings are peer reviewed and publicly disseminated in an ongoing cycle of systematic inquiry into classroom practices. This work benefits students and colleagues and is a source of personal renewal.
Different research methods and arguments can be used to demonstrate student learning, though they vary in the strength of evidence they can provide. Deductive arguments and experimental methods generally provide stronger evidence of learning than inductive arguments and case studies, though combining methods can capitalize on the advantages of each. Any of these can be effective SoTL methods.
The tools and resources in this website are designed to clarify different research methods and provide a spectrum of choices for designing and implementing SoTL projects.
Other SoTL Definitions
See how other institutions define SoTL.
How is SoTL Useful for Me?
Information on how engaging in SoTL research can help with your research, teaching, and career goals.
Kinds of SoTL Projects
An article that categorizes, lists and describes the different kinds of SoTL projects that could be done.
A list of topics that SoTL projects could be based on.
Faculty Center SoTL Library
Additional reference materials on SoTL topics including those available at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
Carnegie SoTL Tutorial
PowerPoint presentation from the Carnegie Foundation and the University of Indiana-Bloomington, covering SoTL descriptions, definitions, parameters, scope, examples, methodologies, and publication ideas.
Files and documents from NSSE focus groups at UCF.
College of Arts and Humanities Father Guido Sarducci, a character famously portrayed by comedian Don Novello in the Saturday Night Live sketch The Five Minute University, makes the claim that the average college graduate remembers only five minutes worth of material five years after graduation. Rather than really learning, he says, these stude...
College of Arts and Humanities When I arrived at UCF eleven years ago I believed my primary role as an educator was to prepare students for a profession. My teaching philosophy has greatly changed since then, and my classroom activities and assessments reflect a new and evolving belief that I should learn from my students and that I have a res...
College of Rosen Hospitality and Management I think the goal of teaching is to help and guide students to become intelligent and socially responsible members of society. However, this logical goal is often clouded by affective domains of learners and teachers together. For this reason, the responsibility of the teacher must include accommodating emotions...