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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Bradley will host a series of events to help faculty plan, conduct and evaluate their own SoTL studies. This series opens on May 11, 2018, with a workshop on planning SoTL projects. During the Fall 2018 semester, participants will implement their SoTL study under the guidance of a faculty SoTL mentor. The SoTL series ends in January 2019 with the presentation of SoTL projects in the spring forum.

The interactive, hands-on workshop will meet 9 am - 4 pm on May 11. The purpose of the workshop is to prepare Bradley faculty to effectively design and implement SoTL studies.

The May 2018 SoTL Workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. The workshop will provide information and engage participants in interactive learning activities around the following questions:

  • Why is SoTL important?
  • How does the new BCC open doors for SoTL?
  • What other opportunities exist for assessment of student learning outcomes?
  • What methods could support faculty SoTL research questions?
  • How is SoTL research disseminated?

By the conclusion of the workshop, participants are expected to walk away with a better understanding of SoTL practices, have formulated specific research questions and have an understanding of methods they will use to answer these questions. Please see workshop schedule for more details.

Ten Bradley faculty participants will each receive a $1,000 stipend for full participation in the SoTL series, including monthly meetings with their SoTL mentor during the Fall semester and presentations of the state of their SoTL research during the Spring Forum. The first installment will be paid upon completion of the SoTL workshop in May; the second installment will be paid upon presenting at the Spring Forum. Efforts will be made to ensure that the 10 faculty participants selected represent all five colleges as well as various departments within each college.

Bradley faculty who wish to apply for the SoTL Series should complete the application or before before Friday, April 27, 2018. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by Friday, May 4, 2018. Deadline extended until noon, May 9.

SoTL Workshop

 May 11, 2018

  9am - 4pm

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Workshop Schedule

Presented by Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. A 6-hour interactive, discussion-based workshop on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) for Bradley University faculty. An asterisk (*) has been used below to denote interactive workshop content areas.

Time Topic

9 - 9:15 am

Facilitator/Attendee Introductions

9:15 - 10 am

Defining SoTL

  • Good teaching, scholarly teaching, SoTL
  • Why is SoTL important?
  • 4M Framework for understanding SoTL

10 - 11 am

Origins of SoTL Research Questions

  • SoTL vs. Disciplinary research
  • Problems, Opportunities, and Wonderments
  • Context for SoTL
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge vs. Cross-Disciplinary SoTL
  • Design own SoTL questions*

11 - 12 pm


Opportunities for SoTL at Bradley

  • How does new BCC curriculum open doors for SoTL?*
  • What other opportunities exist for assessment of student learning outcomes?*
  • Developing a SoTL Commons at Bradley

12 - 1 pm


1 - 2:30 pm

Common Research Methods for SoTL

  • Suitability for research question vs. disciplinary expectations*
  • What is the “best” fit? WHY is it the best fit?
    • Quantitative methods
    • Qualitative methods
    • Mixed methods
  • What methods could support faculty SoTL research questions?*

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 3:15 pm

IRB Considerations for SoTL Research

  • Coercion
  • Confidentiality vs. Anonymity
  • Work arounds to protect human subjects in SoTL*

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Sharing SoTL

  • How is SoTL research disseminated?*
    • Presentation, publication outlets
    • Non-traditional representations for SoTL work

3:30 - 3:45 pm

Resources for SoTL

  • Websites
  • Blogs
  • Social Media

3:45 - 4 pm