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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Kelly Allred
College of Nursing Kelly   Allred My main objective as an educator is to present students with opportunities that will allow them to learn. My vision of teaching includes presenting a motivated learner with information, ideas, and activities that are carefully designed with particular outcomes in mind. I approach every class meeting, every assi...

Rudy McDaniel
College of Arts and Humanities Rudy McDaniel 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...

Adele Richardson
College of Arts and Humanities Adele  Richardson On the first day I stepped into my own Composition classroom, I enthusiastically thought I was going to teach freshmen how to write. By the end of that same day, I came to realize how shortsighted my assumptions were. And so my own education as a teacher really began. Students don't need to be shown how to ...