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 Engineering and Computer Science A "teaching philosophy" is a set of general principles used to guide practice. Mine is mostly second hand; some of it is gained by the many good teachers that I encountered in my education and some of it shaped by the insistent and critical students I have taught since first entering a college classroom as an ...
J. Blake Scott
College of Arts and Sciences Teachingis what sustains me as an academic. It fuels and, in turn, is fueled by myresearch in rhetoric, which emphasizes civic action, and by my communityservice. Some of the hallmarks of service-learning—active learning, problemsolving, critical reflection, and civic engagement—guide my overal...
College of Sciences Students enter my classroom with intuitions about "why people do what they do." No matter the course modality or class enrollment, my goal is to challenge these ideas and get students thinking "like scientists." To that end, I encourage students to share and then reassess their theories in light of course ...