What is the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)?

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.

SoTL Topics
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.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Files and documents from NSSE focus groups at UCF.


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George Bagley
College of Sciences George Bagley If there is a paramount object to teaching, it should be community. Community leads to confidence among my students that the course will be dynamic, will add to their own intellectual growth, while simultaneously ensuring that each point of view will be respected, all assumptions lying at the heart of the complex ...

Robert Cassanello
College of Arts and Humanities Robert   Cassanello I teach because I am drawn to the rewards and challenges of teaching. The classroom provides me the opportunity to mentor students, contribute to their intellectual growth, and collaborate with them in the production of original knowledge that shapes the field. I teach courses on state and local history, moder...

William Safranek
College of Medicine William  Safranek I do not know if many educators formally construct their teaching philosophy before they walk into a classroom for the first time; I certainly did not when I started as an adjunct instructor at UCF in 1996 or when I became a full-time instructor in 2005. I am certain all educators think strongly about the kind o...