Finding your SoTL Writing Voice This post is based on a CPD session I ran today, for colleagues and PGR students who are new to SoTL and trying to figure out just where to begin with it. I am going to share the writing prompts with you. So if you want to use this to … Continue reading Writing about your Teaching Practice: Your DIY Writing Workshop
So there is something I keep stumbling over when reviewing journal articles or other SoTL writing. Besides a general lack of methodology, if methodology is actually addressed it often misses the point. But I struggled with explaining this in an accessible way. I might have figured it out, bear with me: Theory, Methodology, Method Theory: … Continue reading How to get from research questions to methods in SoTL
Context I am experimenting with writing again. So back to the beginnings of my academic journey and ethnographic writing. Without further ado: An Excerpt The smell is difficult to describe, an echo of floor polish clings to the dry air, the worn Lino floors make my shoes squeak, but it smells of something else; I … Continue reading Ethnography of a Museum
It’s Official! If you ever want to understand the meaning of a Kraftakt (immense effort that goes into something) then have a look at Dawn’s brainchild the National Teaching Repository! Which is now all up and running and I have the honour to be curator for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning section! So without … Continue reading National Teaching Repository
This is one of the blogposts meant to go live a couple of months ago, and then things went head over heels in a thousand different directions, and suddenly it is the end of summer. Anyway, the issue I have been pondering is the relationship between our lockdown micro-adventures and pedagogy. There is learning to … Continue reading Lockdown Adventures
Over the last years I have experimented with numerous apps, techniques and approaches of organising my notes. The last two months–which feel more like two years–have been challenging to say the least and resulted in a significant increase of note dumping. During times of poor focus I work in small bouts of sorting my way … Continue reading Zettelkasten–Messy Notes
Publish SoTL Today is a list of journals and resources that can help you to find the right place. I created an OER where you can collate appropriate journals and plan your writing process. With the help of colleagues we made a head-start. You can download it here: Some suggestions from our SOTL group: A … Continue reading 12 Days of SoTL: Day 12
Write about your SoTL Normally in SoTL publications, and specifically when we engage in a reflexive practice piece, we would write in 1st person, which can feel very awkward when you are used to writing in 3rd person. Whilst there is nothing intrinsically wrong with writing in 3rd person, you will still have to acknowledge … Continue reading 12 Days of SoTL: Day 11
Participant Selection Participant selection can be a tricky issue particularly when we are undertaking an education inquiry with our own students. There is a variety of sampling techniques (probability and non-probability sampling methods) we can refer to: Cluster Sampling Snowball Sampling Convenience Sampling etc Convenience sampling is most likely to be your easiest and most … Continue reading 12 Days of SoTL: Day 07
Methodology Methodology is your research (inquiry) plan or strategy. You could think about it as a project plan, exploring how you go about answering your research questions (or proofing your hypothesis). What theoretical framework have you chosen to scaffold your research (if you choose one)? Have you decided to follow a methodology? There is a … Continue reading 12 Days of SoTL: Day 05
Find the Advent Calendar Here https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=f47b06fbb2e825a4f7e59cb16056655a Literature On Day Three of SoTLWe are thinking about the literature review. The tricky bit with this area is, if you are not from a cognate discipline, your usual research databases might not yield many or any relevant results for your question. Education is a multidisciplinary field relating to … Continue reading 12 Days of SoTL: Day 03
Day 2: Research Questions https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=f47b06fbb2e825a4f7e59cb16056655a On Day Two of SoTLThink about your research question. If it is easier for you to begin with formulating a hypothesis this is a valid starting point. Later down the line we can have a chat about how we would go about proving or disproving this hypothesis. One of the … Continue reading 12 Days of SoTL: Day 02
Welcome and Where to Start Welcome to the twelve days of SoTL 2019! If you want to follow the pursuits on Twitter, follow the #12daysofSoTL hashtag! This MindMap gives you an overview of the process and includes links to various resources you might find helpful: https://mm.tt/1365616325?t=60QxBONf3C I made this MindMap fully editable so if you … Continue reading 12 Days of SoTL: Day 01
The 12 Days of SoTL begin tomorrow Monday the 2nd of December 2019. The link below is an online advent calendar with twelves doors, each of them representing one aspect of the process of undertaking an educational inquiry (research) project in Higher Education. Continue reading I have an Advent Calendar for You!
Scholarship historically suggests there are elements of reading, of engaging with other scholars’ and researchers’ thoughts and publications. It is a historical exercise analysing and critiquing a body of existing knowledge. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) also necessitates a strong element of reflectivity – or better reflexivity – to become a meaningful activity. … Continue reading Re-blog: The scholarship of learning and teaching: a victim of its nomenclature?