Question: I’ve heard my colleagues mention scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. What’s the difference?
Answer: When faculty members engage in scholarly teaching, they use disciplinary methods to study their teaching processes and student learning outcomes. They identify challenges in helping students learn, they read pedagogical literature, they test out interventions, and they use the results to enhance student learning. The scholarship of teaching and learning, or SoTL, extends scholarly teaching further by making the scholarly work public. Faculty present their findings at conferences or publish in journals that focus on teaching and learning in higher education. Follow this link for a chart that illustrates stages of faculty growth toward being engaged in SoTL: http://www.up.edu/showimage/show.aspx?file=6012. Contact Karen St. Clair – Karen_StClair@emerson.edu – if you would like to discuss moving from scholarly teaching to the scholarship of teaching and learning.