Workshop "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Developing Teaching through Research"

      

      

Workshop goals

In the course of the two-day workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to

  • become familiar with the concept

  • discover potential (own) areas of application

  • develop and discuss ideas for their own SoTL with peers and experts

  • discuss challenges of university teaching with peers

  • get to know an instrument that enables them to investigate, document and reflect their own teaching

  • network with colleagues

The workshop's programme thus entails

  • an introduction to the concept

  • three practice examples of SoTL projects from various disciplines

  • two keynote talks, group and plenary discussions

  • consultation and feedback in developing own ideas

  • ample time for informal exchange

 

Detailed Programme

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 15th

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 16th

09.30

Arival

09.00

Reflection and Group Discussion:

Research questions for a SoTL Project

10.00

Welcome

Keynote I

Dr. Bettie Higgs (University College Cork): Introduction to SoT

09.45 Coffee Break

11.15

Coffee Break

10.00

Keynote II
Prof. Dr. Robert Kordts-Freudinger (Universität Paderborn):

Institutionalising SoTL. The Paderborn example

11.30

Practice Example

Dr. Pia Scherrer (ETH Zürich)

11.15

Expert Discussion:

Chances, opportunities and limitations of SoTL in the Higher Education context

13.00

Lunch

12.00

Lunch

14.15

Practice Example

Dr. Astrid Schmidhofer (Universität Innsbruck)

13.15

Practice Example

Manuel Aprile (EPFL Lausanne)

15.30

Coffee Break

14.30

Coffee Break

15.45

Group Discussion:

Common problems and challenges in higher education teaching

14.45

Group Discussion:

Finding a research design for a SoTL project

16.45

Resume and Outlook

15.45

Resume and Farewell

17.00

End of first day

16.00

End of the Workshop

About us

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Left to right: Balz Wolfensberger, Elisa Haller, Vera Schumacher (sitting), Sandra Schneeberger, Ariane Bertogg (sitting).

 

We are a group of PhD Students and PostDocs at different departments of the University of Zurich (Education, Philology, Psychology, Sociology). We got to know each other in 2015 when we started the new "CAS Hochschuldidaktik". In one of the modules of the CAS, Katarina Mårtensson from Lund University introduced us to SoTL.

While some of us are relatively new to the concept and are just about to finish their first own SoTL project, others have several years of experience with action research or classroom research, even teaching it. What we have in common is our interest for university teaching issues and the motivation to reflect and develop our own teaching.

We are conviced that SoTL is an important and helpful instrument for investigating and refining one's own teaching. Moreover we thing that SoTL offers opportunities for curriculum development within a department or when addressing broader higher education political questions. We are thus keen on spreading knowledge about the concept of SoTL and to offer a platform for SoTL interested and experienced teachers/researchers. For that reason we applies for a Graduate Campus Grant to conduct this two-day workshop. Luckily, our inquiry was granted.

 

To find out more about us, please visit our personal websites:

Ariane Bertogg

Elisa Haller

Sandra Schneeberger

Vera Schumacher

Balz Wolfensberger