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Wednesday, June 22 • 13:30 - 14:20
CON02.06 - Educational Developers Leading and Empowering the SoTL

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Educational Developers (EDs) act as leaders to support faculty and staff in promoting, supporting, and providing leadership for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). At the same time, promotion and tenure, funding issues, and research/ teaching tensions may impede SoTL growth. To explore the context for SoTL, we surveyed educational developers, faculty members, and administrators about SoTL supports and obstacles.

We explore ways EDs construe their SoTL leadership role and how they facilitate connections to create critical social networks for SoTL (Martensson, Roxa, & Olsson, 2012; Williams et al., 2013).

We will discuss participants’ perceptions about supporting SoTL in four areas: Engagement (SoTL involvement), Connections (networking), Collaborations (building on connections), and Advocacy (SoTL promotion). We consider how we build capacity in different “trading zones” (Galison, 1997): Micro, Meso, Macro, and Mega (Poole & Simmons, 2013).

We will
  1. Discuss similarities and differences among ED, faculty, and administrator perspectives on supporting the SoTL;
  2. Consider roles regarding formal and informal SoTL support;
  3. Create action plans for supporting the SoTL at your own institution.

Galison, P. (1997). Image & logic: A material culture of microphysics. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Poole, G., & Simmons, N. (2013). The contributions of the scholarship of teaching and learning to quality enhancement in Canada. In G. Gordon, & R. Land (Eds.), Quality enhancement in higher education: International perspectives (pp. 118-128). London: Routledge.

Martensson, K., Roxa, T., & Olsson, T. (2012). Developing a quality culture through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Higher Education Research & Development, 30(1), 51-62.

Williams, A., Verwood, R., Beery, T. A., Dalton, H., McKinnon, J., Strickland, K., Pace, J., & Poole, G. (2013). The power of social networks: A model for weaving the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning into institutional culture. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(2), 49-62.


Nicola Simmons

Nicola Simmons is in Graduate and Undergraduate Education, Brock. Past roles include Founding Chair of SoTL Canada; Vice-President, Canada of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Vice-President, SoTL, for Canada’s Society for Teaching and Learning... Read More →

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Lynn Taylor

Lynn Taylor is the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Calgary, continuing her career focus on building teaching and learning capacity at the postsecondary level. Her practice and scholarship interests include teaching and learning in higher education, educational... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 13:30 - 14:20 EDT
UCC 59