Thursday, June 2
Anatomy of a Question: Refining the Burning Question
Development of the research question in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project can sometimes be a surprisingly difficult task. This session will illustrate the challenges the presenter had in developing her question and how that question took shape over the course of examining student work, reading existing literature, and engaging in peer conversations. After walking through this example, participants will have the opportunity to develop or refine one of their own existing questions.
Quantitative Analysis of Survey Data and Other Assessments for Non-Experts
One of the most formidable barriers to entering SoTL work is dealing with new modes of data analysis that are not common in one's own discipline. For example, psychologists and social scientists are trained in quantitative analysis, whereas humanists and yes, even physicists, in general find this a new and daunting task. This workshop will present some tips and general techniques to numerically evaluate survey data and the results of other assessments. You don't need a collaborator in the social sciences (though it doesn't hurt); powerful analyses can be performed with a few readily available tools.
Engaging in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The development and application of new knowledge is inherently a communal act, as scholars vigorously debate ideas and interpretations. So too, learning reaches new heights when students are provided with opportunities to interact with and challenge one another. Dennis Jacobs will share how he has exploited collaborative learning and clicker technology to simultaneously engage 200 students in making scientific predictions and defending their ideas. In particular, Jacobs has studied how collaborative learning pedagogies have led to greater student success and engagement among students at risk. In this workshop, participants will explore how a SoTL investigation can be designed around a compelling and generative question within their own discipline.
Investigating a 450-year old Pedagogical Model for Transformation: Reflective Evaluation as Evidence of Student Learning
As both a signature pedagogy and methodology for personal transformation, the Ignatian Pedagogical model provides a framework to integrate essential elements for transformation to occur into the design and delivery of education. Appropriate to both face-to-face and online instruction, this session will focus on the elements of this model and how it can be used as a vehicle to create an immersive educational experience. Additionally, the reflections and evaluations, inherent in the model, lend themselves to evidence of student learning, even with the more affective dimensions of learning.
Friday, June 3
Where's the Evidence?: Designing and Carrying Out a Research Study
After framing a researchable question, a SoTL investigator has to gather and analyze evidence to answer the question. This session begins with basic considerations of research design such as whether (and how) to gather quantitative or qualitative data or both. It suggests resources for analyzing the data and addresses practical and ethical issues that arise in research studies, including human subject's considerations. Participants will practice applying this information to design a study.
More than Numbers: Using Qualitative Data to Capture the Unquantifiable
Assessing student learning in the Humanities is often challenged by the nature of our learning goals: appreciate, write well, think critically, be ethical, etc. This workshop will introduce participants to qualitative data gathering tools that can be applied to assess learning goals that are signature in the Humanities. Participants will work on case studies, applying a sample of qualitative tools to student work in the Humanities and other disciplines.
Transforming Yourself: Integrating Teaching, Service and Scholarship
In the Academy, we are called to both service and scholarship along with being good teachers, but how do you make it all work together? Drawing upon the Scholarship of Engagement, this workshop will focus on (how-to) strategies to transform your teaching and service into scholarship to maximize your potential and work smarter, not harder. The workshop will strategically assist in developing their scholarly trajectory that includes teaching, service, and scholarship.
Valuing and Evaluating SoTL Work in the Promotion and Tenure Process
Building upon the work of the Carnegie Foundation's work with various national disciplinary associations, participants will review a number of sources for standards in evaluating SoTL work for promotion and tenure purposes. Attendees will also critique a rubric which has been created to include the seminal features identified in these resources. Finally, this workshop will discuss the assumptions inherent in this rubric and begin efforts to apply to rubric to different institutional types.
Saturday, June 4
Writing Effective Literature Reviews
Establishing a strong rationale and significance for a research proposal rests on preparing a thorough literature review. In this workshop, participants will learn about effective literature searches, different types of reviews, levels of reviewing, methods of reviewing, and writing techniques that lead to thoughtful and critical reviews.
Transformative Learning: Faculty-Student SoTL Collaborations
The scholarship of teaching and learning offers an opportunity to engage students in the process of inquiry and transformative learning through research collaboration. This workshop session will illustrate the benefits of faculty-student collaboration to enhance scholarship of teaching and learning inquiry and involve students in being a force for change in education.
Engaging Education in a Global World: SoTL and Online Pedagogy
Participants in this workshop will explore potential topics for SoTL projects related to online teaching and learning, themes present in current literature in this area, and peer-reviewed journals focused on scholarly publications related to online learning. Workshop participants will identify at least one topic relevant to their teaching context and begin to frame a SoTL project using guiding documents provided at the workshop.