Overview and Ethics of SoTL
In this interactive session we will explore definitions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), identify what it is, as well as what it is not, and the key benefits to students as to why instructors might engage in it. We will then consider key ethical issues in connection with SoTL. We will describe a program at York University designed to support faculty in forays into SoTL, and offer tips for success. Throughout we invite participants to consider the issues raised, and to share their experience with each other.
• Celia Popovic, Director, The Teaching Commons, York University
• Mandy Frake-Mistak, Educational Developer, York University
Opportunities and Challenges of SoTL Research
SOTL research is undertaken by instructors across the disciplines, for various reasons, using different methodologies. Panelists will discuss their projects, approaches taken, resources used, outcomes achieved, lessons learned, and what they’d recommend to others just getting started.
• Steve Joordens, Psychology
• Aarthi Ashok, Biological Sciences
• Chris Cochrane, Political Science
• Brian Harrington, Computer Science
• Ahmed Allahwala, City Studies
Student Engagemet in a Digital Age
Technology has successfully invaded our classrooms and our students are fully connected around the clock. A wave of new pedagogy is enhancing our teaching. With an emphasis on enhancing student engagement, you’ll hear about my journey through online tool development, MOOCs, inverted classrooms, and other technology-enhanced learning, and how these affect and are affected by student use.
• Paul Gries, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream; Acting Vice-Dean, Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Science