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Consult these resources while researching SoTL topics.

What is SoTL?

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a synthesis of teaching, learning, and research in higher education that aims to bring a scholarly lens—the curiosity, the inquiry, the rigor, the disciplinary variety—to what happens in the learning environment.

SoTL involves:

  • asking meaningful questions about student learning and about the teaching activities designed to facilitate student learning,
  • answering those questions by first making relevant student learning visible as evidence of thinking and learning (or mis-learning), and then systematically analyzing this evidence
  • sharing the results of that analysis publicly to invite review and to contribute to the body of knowledge on student learning in a variety of contexts
  • aiming to improve student learning by strengthening the practice of teaching (one’s own and others’).

Adapted From: Vanderbilt University, Centre for Teaching

How can Sheridan Library help you with SoTL?

  • Literature searching - recommend research databases and other resources, guidance with finding grey literature and provide suggested strategies on searching to help you keep updated in your field
  • Obtaining books and articles - request books and articles through interlibrary loan if Sheridan Library does not own material. Visit our InterLibrary Loans page for details.
  • Publishing and sharing your research - offer guidance on traditional and open access publishing, self-archiving your work using SOURCE and other repositories, checking the impact factor of journals and your citation statistics
  • Support academic integrity and copyright - support using citation styles such as APA and MLA, managing references with bibliographic management tools, and navigating copyright.