Connecting People, Practices, and Pedagogies
Workshop: Evidence Matters: Designing Your SoTL Study
Jacqueline Dewar, Professor Emerita of Mathematics, Loyola Marymount University
After framing a researchable question, a SoTL investigator has to gather and analyze evidence to answer the question. Because the type of question being asked often guides decisions about what evidence to gather, this interactive workshop will begin with a brief description of the What is? What works? What could be? questions in Hutchings’ (2000) SoTL taxonomy. Then participants will gain “hands-on” experience with methods for gathering and analyzing evidence that tend to be unfamiliar to those beginning in SoTL, specifically, focus groups, think-alouds, knowledge surveys, and coding qualitative data. We will also consider both practical and ethical issues that arise when designing SoTL studies. Participants will practice applying this information to design a study of their own. They will receive additional resources for carrying out the design and implementation of a SoTL investigation.
For this experiential workshop, participants are encouraged to arrive with a research question in mind. Attendees who do not have a question will be able to choose from a set of generic questions, transferable to any discipline, to utilize during the workshop.
Workshop: SoTL and Undergraduate Research
Karen Manarin, Associate Professor, English and General Education, Mount Royal University
Margy MacMillan, Professor, Library, Mount Royal University
The Council for Undergraduate Research (2011) defines undergraduate research as “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative
contribution to the discipline.” Often people associate undergraduate research with honours projects and research assistantships available only to a few; however, some, like Healey and Jenkins
(2009) argue it should be available to all students at multiple points during their studies.
This workshop is intended for individuals or teams interested in investigating undergraduate research from a scholarship of teaching and learning perspective. Facilitators will outline some key models of undergraduate research and provide examples of SoTL studies designed to learn about facets of the undergraduate research experience.Participants can engage in developing and refining questions around undergraduate research, determining the kinds of information that would be useful to answer those questions, and considering ways of gathering useful data.
Workshop: Framing Questions
Curtis Bennett, Professor of Mathematics, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Graduate Studies, Loyola Marymount University
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For additional information please contact the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University: email@example.com or 403.440.5503.