Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning promotes research by faculty in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL). As stated on the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website,

"SoTL involves

  • asking meaningful questions about student learning and about the teaching activities designed to facilitate student learning,
  • answering those questions by first making relevant student learning visible as evidence of thinking and learning (or mis-learning), and then systematically analyzing this evidence, and
  • sharing the results of that analysis publicly to invite review and to contribute to the body of knowledge on student learning in a variety of contexts, and
  • aiming to improve student learning by strengthening the practice of teaching (one's own and others').

SoTL offers a scholarly approach to faculty classroom research because it begins with intellectual curiosity, is conducted deliberately and systematically, is grounded in an analysis of evidence, and results in findings shared with peers to be reviewed and to expand a knowledge base".

The Center will continue enhancing information on SoTL at Mercer. For now, please consider investigating the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning through Vanderbilt's guide to SoTL, written by Nancy Chick.

Other SoTL Resources

Michigan State University offers a helpful and growing collection of resources for SoTL.

Check out the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Kennesaw State University promotes SoTL through their Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

SoTL Conferences

Illinois State University maintains a list of upcoming SoTL conferences.

Journals

The International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (IJSOTL)