Getting Started in SoTL

Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Laura Lukes, University of British Columbia

What are the best parts of your course? How do you know?

This session is for those who want to systematically investigate their teaching, applying the same scholarly habits we use in the lab and field to make our learning environments as effective as possible. Participants will leave with a plan to collect data on an upcoming course such that they can present the results of their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) work to the next class of students, at a department meeting, or at EER 2021!

All mini-workshops will take place online, via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Participants will be sent links to the Zoom room and connection info will be posted below prior to the session start.

Session Connection Info

This workshop has already taken place.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Describe a SoTL project they would like to take on
  • Develop a plan to collect data on an upcoming course


(Program starts at 12pm PT / 1pm MT / 2pm CT / 3pm ET; times below are represented as hour:minute to standardize among time zones)

00:00 Welcome, overview of mini-workshop, virtual introductions to each other & SoTL
00:15 Identifying the "end users" of SoTL

  • Defining who these people are
  • Empathizing with their needs

0:40 What are the tools in our SoTL toolbox?

  • Conducting research with human subjects
  • Tools to collect data: surveys, interviews, and other assessments. Links to existing resources are on our program page.

01:00 Break - Stretch your legs, tend to other tasks, or peruse existing resources.
01:30 Discussion and planning time in breakout rooms

  • What questions about your course(s) would you like to have answered?
  • What tools will you use?
  • How will you analyze your data?
  • What potential opportunities and challenges exist that could make this project easier or harder to tackle?

02:00 Digital Gallery Walk: Getting and giving feedback on your SoTL plan
02:20 Workshop evaluation & wrap up
02:30 Adjourn


Workshop Slides

IRB Examples

Tools for Conducting SoTL

Sharing Your SoTL

  • Consider a talk, poster, teaching demo or share-a-thon presentation for the 2021 Rendezvous!
  • Watch for NAGT-sponsored sessions at GSA and AGU, which you can find here.
  • More resources by discipline, arranged by STEM field. These pages include journals in which someone could publish their SoTL or DBER work.

More resources will be added based on our workshop discussions!