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The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Faculty who engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) conduct research about student learning and/or their own teaching practices. SoTL is sometimes defined as Peter Felten (2013) argues that there are five principles of good practice in SoTL:

  • Inquiry focused on student learning
  • Grounded in scholarly and local context
  • Methodologically sound
  • Conducted in partnership with students
  • Appropriately public

On this page, you can learn more how to engage in your own SoTL research, see SoTL publications by Eastern faculty, or get access to publications focused on SoTL.

Resources for Getting Started

  • What is SoTL?: Elon University provides videos, written guidance, and links to journal articles defining the key characteristics of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Doing SoTL: Vanderbilt University offers a step-by-step guide on all aspects of conducting SoTL research, including doing a literature review, planning the project design, and sharing the results.
  • Getting Started with SoTL: George Mason University offers guidance on developing research questions, identifying research methods, and analyzing results.
  • Teaching Conferences Directory: Kennesaw State University maintains a comprehensive list of conferences focused on college teaching.

For further reading:

Reference: Felten, Peter. (2013). Principles of good practice in SoTL. Teachng & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, 1(1), 121-125.

  • School of Education and Professional Studies

    School of Arts and Sciences

    • Diller, J. W., & Brewer, A. T. (2022). Supporting meaningful student outcomes in the online environment. In A. Brewer, M. Elcoro, & A. Lippincott (Eds.), Behavioral pedagogies and online learning (pp. 34-50). Hedgehog Publishers.
    • Ferruci, S. & DeRosa, S. (2019). Multimodality, transfer, and rhetorical awareness: Analyzing the choices of undergraduate writers. In S. Khadka & J.C. Lee (Eds.), Bridging the multimodal gap: From theory to practice (pp. 201-222). Utah State University Press.
    • Heenehan, M. E., & Khorami, M. (2016). Students' reactions to the homework assessment system WeBWork. Mathematics & Computer Education, 50(1), 42-51.
    • Krebs, C. A., Kuhn, S. A. C., Brewer, A. T., & Diller, J. W. (2021). Using interteaching to promote online learning outcomes. Journal of Behavioral Education, 32, 76-89.
    • Kuhn, S. A. C., Krebs, C. A., Diller, J. W., & Brewer, A. T. (2022). Active student responding to increase student engagement in an online university course. In A. Brewer, M. Elcoro, & A. Lippincott (Eds.), Behavioral pedagogies and online learning (pp. 73-91). Hedgehog Publishers.
    • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K., & Diller, J. W. (2018). Teaching psychological critical thinking using popular media. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 4(2), 120–125.
    • Linares-Gray, R. H., Newman Carroll, S., & Smith, E. K. (2022). The stories we tell: Engaging with authority in critical health pedagogy. Communications in Information Literacy, 16(2), 4.
    • Newman Carroll, S., Mombourquette, A., Boxer, M., Williams, R., & Brewer, S. (2021). Indigenous empowerment through community-engaged health education curriculum: Health promotion in a commercial tobacco cessation campaign. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 7(4) 358-365. DOI:10.1177/23733799211006130.