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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.52 - SoTL Annotations: Point of Entry Literature for Research on Teaching and Learning

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Faculty and educational developers engaging in scholarship may have no point of entry for literature for their investigations (Weimer, 2010). A frequent challenge is finding literature on a topic that provides starting points for further inquiry or grasping scholarly debates in unfamiliar literature. Moreover, as Christensen Hughes and Mighty (2010) note, “researchers have discovered much about teaching and learning in higher education, but … dissemination and uptake of this information have been limited. As such, the impact of educational research on faculty-teaching practice and the student-learning experience has been negligible” (p. 4). Disseminating pedagogical research in ways that connect it to practice continues to be a challenge (Poole, 2009).

To address these challenges, and with EDC grant support, I have created a searchable website of key literature about teaching and learning, each entry comprising a topic, alternative keywords, a brief overview, annotated key literature, and a concise description of debates on the topic.

Poster attendees will:

  • Be able to access the website for personal and colleagues’ SoTL literature searches

  • Have the opportunity to engage as authors of website entries

  • Collaborate on future directions by suggesting additional topics for the database

The poster will introduce the website, which is intended as an evolving tool. I welcome contributions from others, with authorship noted.

Christensen Hughes, J., & Mighty, J. (2010). Taking stock: Research on teaching and learning in higher education. Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Poole, G. (2009). The pursuit of the scholarship of teaching and learning in Canada: Good, but not good enough. Keynote presentation at the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education annual conference, Ottawa, Ontario, May 25-27.

Weimer, M. (2008). Positioning scholarly work on teaching and learning. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2(1).


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 →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00 EDT
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University