Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center

109 Halle Library
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Registration for New Learning Community, beginning Winter 2023

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Application Deadline:  Friday, December 2nd, 2022, 3 p.m.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) movement aims to enhance the value of teaching in higher education by focusing on the role of rigorous, scholarly inquiry in developing best practice. This seminar, facilitated by Cam McComb (School of Art and Design) and Cynthia Macknish (Department of World Languages), will bring together for three semesters faculty and lecturers who are interested in exploring student learning in their classes through a SoTL project. Participants will work in a seminar format to develop a research question about student learning in their classes, gather data to address this question, and go public with the results of their inquiry in presentations and/or publications. This seminar is ideal for any instructor who wishes to enhance their teaching and to maximize student learning.

Program Format:

This seminar will give faculty members the tools to develop and implement their own Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects.  Faculty will spend the Winter 2023 term engaged in seminar-style discussions of the SoTL literature and about how their own work may fit into this area.  They will work with each other in a supportive learning community to design a SoTL project to be implemented in a Fall 2023 course.  As examples (meant to illustrate rather than limit), projects might focus on:

  • Techniques for making particular approaches (simulations, online discussion boards, collaborative learning) work best for the largest number of students;
  • How to teach challenging and controversial topics effectively;
  • How best to develop deep understanding of challenging disciplinary concepts;
  • Best practices in creating and using different assessment tools;
  • Effective practice for promoting student wellness in class.

Meeting Time: The seminar will meet once a month on Fridays at 9:30 a.m., dates to be determined.  Individual meetings with the facilitators will also help participants to develop, implement, and go public with their projects. 

The seminar will be facilitated by Dr. Cam McComb, Associate Professor of Visual Arts Education and Dr. Cynthia Macknish, Professor of ESL & TESOL,  and TESOL Advisor

Seminar Outcomes:

Participants will have opportunities to implement their projects in a Fall 2023 course, then collect data to analyze in order to prepare for their findings to be published or presented at a conference or similar venue.

Participants will receive a $600 honorarium, with $200 being distributed at the end of each semester upon hitting clearly identified project benchmarks.


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