SoTL Symposium Event Archive

2010 SoTL Symposium

The Centre for Discovery in Learning (CDL) and the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTE) are pleased to announce the First Annual U of S SOTL Symposium to be held on September 7, 2010.  The event will feature a plenary session and workshops by Dr. Gary Poole, Professor, UBC and President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Registration is free, but an RSVP for each workshop is required.  The plenary session does not require an RSVP.  Please register through the Calendar of Events.

Dr. Gary Poole, UBC

Schedule of the Day:

9:00 am to 10:15 am - Plenary - Dr. Gary Poole - "Understanding and Participating in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"

Location: Convocation Hall, College Building

Description: One of the most challenging and interesting aspects of the scholarship of teaching and learning for those who have not made a career out of it is to understand just what SoTL can encompass.  Another challenge is to broaden one’s understanding of the range of possible outcome measures. This range spans the quantitative and qualitative, and it varies depending upon mode of delivery and learning context.  With some creativity, new measures can be explored that include novel approaches to understanding students’ cognition and motivation, as well as the longer-term impact of a given program or teaching idea.  Some of these measures are already part of the courses we teach.  In this session, we will consider a definition of the scholarship of teaching and learning and we will look at some of these outcome measures and brainstorm some of our own.

Bio: From 2000 to 2010, Gary Poole directed the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth and the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UBC. From 2000 to 2004, he was the president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and is currently the president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Gary has won an excellence in teaching award from SFU and a 3M Teaching Fellowship.  In his years at UBC, he has received two teaching awards, plus a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to Higher Education and a Lifetime Achievement Award from STLHE.  He is the co-author of “Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education,” and “The Psychology of Health and Health Care: A Canadian Perspective.”   Gary is also an associate professor in the School of Population and Public Health in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.  

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10:30 am to noon - Workshop - Dr. Gary Poole - "Evaluating SOTL in Tenure, Promotion and Merit Decisions"

Location: Convocation Hall, College Building

Description: This workshop, designed for Deans, Department Heads, and members of College and University Review Committees, will explore how to evaluate contributions in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in annual faculty evaluation and merit decisions, as well as in tenure and promotion decisions. It will include an exploration of lessons learned from UBC and other international institutions who have embraced SOTL as a key component of their faculty's scholarship activities.

10:30 to noon - Workshop - Brad Wuetherick, Program Director, GMCTE - "Teaching as Research"

Location: Murray Building 102

Description: Recently, the University of Saskatchewan has placed a priority on faculty being teacher scholars. Beyond expectations of engaging in disciplinary scholarship, the teacher scholar model also calls on faculty to be scholarly about their teaching and to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning ... or, in other words, teaching as research. This session will explore practical ways in which individual faculty can begin to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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2:00 to 3:30 pm - Workshop - Dr. Gary Poole - "Evaluating SOTL in Tenure, Promotion and Merit Decisions"

Location: Convocation Hall, College Building

Description: REPEAT OF MORNING WORKSHOP - This workshop, designed for Deans, Department Heads, and members of College and University Review Committees, will explore how to evaluate contributions in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in annual faculty evaluation and merit decisions, as well as in tenure and promotion decisions. It will include an exploration of lessons learned from UBC and other international institutions who have embraced SOTL as a key component of their faculty's scholarship activities.

2:00 to 3:30 pm - Workshop - Dr. Marcel D'Eon, Director, CDL - "Introduction to Classroom Research"

Location: Murray Building 102

Description: This will be an informal introduction to exploring ways to study and learn about learning and teaching in your own classes, labs and tutorials. It will be a great way to learn about and focus on your role as a teacher scholar! Follow-up includes the option of working on a classroom research project of your choice with support.

Aims of the workshop: Participants will be able to describe classroom research and reflective practice; identify areas from their own teaching practice for exploration; choose to form a classroom research working group with colleagues (and a mentor)

 

3:30 to 5:00 pm - Poster Session/Reception - Hosted by the CDL

Location: Convocation Hall, College Building

Description: This poster reception, open to anyone at the University of Saskatchewan, is the capstone for the first annual SOTL Symposium at the U of S. Featuring posters of research on teaching and learning by scholars at the U of S, this poster session will be a great opportunity to see a wide variety of SOTL projects, and explore the breadth of research being conducted on teaching and learning on campus.

2012 SoTL Symposium

 

"Exploring the Impact of Our Research on Teaching and Learning"

April 30, 2012

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

Schedule of Program:


*** Note: Each Concurrent Session features four presentations (last twenty minutes, with time after for questions) by researchers from the U of S who have engaged in research on teaching and learning.

 

Registration: 

Registration for the SOTL Symposium is free of charge.  Morning coffee will be provided, as will light refreshments in the afternoon reception.  The participants will be on their own for lunch.  To register please visit the GMCTE events calendar for April 30.

 

Keynote:  An Influence Pathway:  Inspiration to Culture to Practice to Outcomes

The SOTL Symposium will feature Lorne Whitehead as our plenary speaker.

ABSTRACT: 

As with many fields, educational concepts are hierarchical, ranging from low level ideas that are simple and easily measured, to higher level ones that are progressively more important yet difficult to study.  At the most basic level, we study the learning of facts, concepts, attitudes and skills – which alone is a challenging matter.  And the next level up is more complex. It is the study of educational experiences themselves – the situations, activities and influences that are intended to improve student learning.  An impressive and rapidly growing body of academic literature reports research at this level.  Unfortunately, many experts agree this new knowledge is being seriously under-applied.  To understand this we must consider yet a higher level, which some call culture – the confluence of behaviours, expectations, beliefs and attitudes that influence the choices made by teachers.  Many feel that while the culture in academia is generally conducive to excellence, it is insufficiently supportive of the adoption of improved educational methods.  In considering how to address this challenge, we can look to the highest level – the actions of influential people, at all levels of a university, who collectively affect academic culture.  Although universities face many constraints, some believe that achievable strategic changes in programs, policies and day to day procedures can help catalyze overall culture enhancements that will support both better education and academic excellence.  These ideas will be discussed in reference to a new teaching improvement project known as the Bay View Alliance, based at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California, involving the University of British Columbia, the University of Saskatchewan, and a number of other research universities.      

Lorne Whitehead biography:

Lorne A. Whitehead received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia and is also a Professional Engineer. His career has involved sustained innovation in technology, business, and administration. From 1983 to 1993 he served as CEO of TIR Systems, a UBC spin-off company that grew to 200 employees and was recently purchased by Philips. Since joining UBC in 1994, he has been a professor and held an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, carrying out studies of the optical, electrical, and mechanical properties of micro-structured surfaces, a field in which he holds more than 100 patents. His technology is used in many computer screens and televisions and also helped to start three more new companies – Brightside (now Dolby Canada), Boreal Genomics, and most recently SunCentral Inc.  In addition to his research at UBC, Dr. Whitehead has held a number of administrative positions including Associate Dean, Dean pro tem, Vice-President Academic and Leader of Education Innovation.  In all these roles he has worked to apply the methodology of innovation to the improvement of teaching and learning.  Currently, in collaboration with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, he is helping to organize a network of universities studying the influence that influential people at all levels of a university can have on accelerating the adoption of evidence-based improvements of teaching and learning in higher education.

 

The Centre for Discovery in Learning (CDL), in conjunction with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness and the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), are proud to host an Annual Symposium for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  This symposium celebrates the diverse research being conducted on teaching and learning in higher education across the U of S campus, and also provides opportunities for faculty, sessionals, staff and graduate students new to SoTL to learn more about it.

2013

"Celebrating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"

The 3rd Annual SoTL Symposium will be held this coming April 29th and 30th

We are very excited to have two keynote speakers for our symposium, Dan Bernstein (Director of the University of Kansas Centre for Teaching and Learning, and past-President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) and Patti McDougall (the Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning of the University of Saskatchewan).  Dan will be addressing the topic of the impact of SoTL on faculty teaching practices in higher education, while Patti will be speaking about a vision for institutionalizing SoTL at the University of Saskatchewan.

The deadline for submission has now passed. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium! Join the conversation on Twitter: #SoTL13.

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Plenary Speakers

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Program 

On the second afternoon of the SoTL Symposium (Tuesday, April 30th, from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM), participants are invited to attend a Post-SoTL Symposium workshop that provides a brief introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). This workshop will be led by Marcel D'Eon, associate professor in the College of Medicine, and Krista Trinder, research coordinator for the Educational Support and Development in the College of Medicine. 

Registration Information for the Post-Symposium Workshop