SoTL Institute - Fall 2015

What improves student learning in your classroom? Does that new strategy you implemented make a difference?  The SoTL Institute provides structure and support as you design and carry out your own SoTL project. If you are new to the SoTL process, you will design an informal SoTL Pilot Study that will help you improve your teaching. If you are more experienced, you may work on a more formal SoTL project that might lead to publication. Your final product for the Institute will be a proposal for the 2016 Midwest SoTL Conference held at IU South Bend each April.


  • Facilitated by Gwynn Mettetal and Beth Kern, who have a combined 30 years of experience in leading faculty through the SoTL process.
  • Free copy of Bishop-Clark & Dietz-Uhler (2012) Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a hands-on workbook that walks you through the process.
  • Support and deadlines to encourage you to complete your project.
  • Feedback on SoTL conference proposal.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Digital Bronze Badge in SoTL.
  • Part-time faculty earn 20 Learn & Earn Faculty Development Units (worth $200 additional pay).


Note: Much of the work for the institute will be done on your own as you carry out your research project.

Planning Your Project
Friday, August 28, 1:00 -5:00 pm
We will walk you through the steps of planning your project. You will leave with a draft plan.

Interim Meetings
Friday, Sept. 25, 3:00 pm AND/OR Friday, Oct. 23, 3:00 pm
Optional updates on the progress of your project.


Analyzing Your Data
Friday, Dec. 4, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
We will help you analyze your quantitative or qualitative data.

Sharing Your Findings
Friday, Jan. 15, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm   

You will report your research results and turn in a SoTL conference proposal.


Present at Midwest SoTL Conference
Friday, April (date TBD) 8:30-3:30
If your proposal is accepted, you will present at the annual conference!

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