Research Design

Research Design/Methods:

 There are a number of different resources freely available for those interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Research on teaching and learning is varied and allows for an incredible diversity of approaches - both quantitative or qualitative.


If you contact Marcel D'Eon, Brad Wuetherick or Kim West, they will make arrangements (through the CDL) to provide one-on-one or small group consultations on research design and methods.  These one-on-one consultations can range from brief sessions to provide feedback or direction on a research question, research design, analysis of research data, or suggestions for the dissemination of results.  There are also possibilities for arranging more comprehensive research partnerships with faculty and staff involved with the CDL should you be more interested in working with someone on a SOTL project.


The CDL is conducting a short course (a series of five workshops) exploring how to undertake a SOTL project.  For more information, please go to the courses section of the CDL page.


The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods.  It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper.  It also addresses the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research including: the idea of validity in research; reliability of measures; and ethics.

This SOTL Tutorial was developed for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) by the SOTL researchers at Indiana University - Bloomington.


Links from other universities engaged in SOTL research:

University of Central Florida:

Vanderbilt University:

University of Wisconsin: