Pre-Symposium Workshops

2019 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Pre-Symposium Workshops

Working With Students as Partners in SoTL: Introducing a (New) Model of Co-inquiry
Cherie Woolmer, PhD
McMaster University

Thursday, November 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. - noon

What happens when we move from a model of conducting SoTL on students to conducting it with them? What happens when we conceive of students as partners in our SoTL work? Why might we want to do this and what are the opportunities and challenges of adopting this approach?

This workshop will introduce the foundational ideas of student-faculty partnerships in SoTL (Healey et al., 2014; Cook-Sather et al. 2014; Felten et al, 2013), inviting you to critically explore these questions and consider opportunities and possibilities for adopting or adapting this approach in your context. Discussion will be informed by examples of practice drawn from the literature as well the facilitator’s own experiences of conducting SoTL in partnership with students (Woolmer et al., 2016; Bovill & Woolmer, in press), paying attention to issues of inclusivity, power, ethics, and joint-ownership. The workshop will be of relevance to new and experienced SoTL scholars who are new to working in partnership with students.

Inter-Views: A Glimpse Into Small Qualitative Interview Skills That Make big Research Connections
Sonya L. Jakubec, RN, PhD
Mount Royal University
Genevieve Currie, RN, MN
Mount Royal University

Thursday, November 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. - noon

Knowledge generation depends on a deeper view into, across, above and beyond the superficial. Small, slow, sometimes overwhelming, and often un-glamourous interview work enables the researcher to enter spaces between the knower and known - and to make deep analytic connections. Only in relationship and with a willingness to view into the unknown can researchers tap into what informants have to say, their experiences, knowledge of the everyday, or understanding of social or educational concerns. Your skills as an interviewer can serve to explore these spaces that may otherwise be hidden from view. Through the following objectives, this workshop will build your skills as a View-Master, primed for the Inter-View process and the exciting connections to be made.
  1. Preparing and planning for openness and exchange in your qualitative interviews
  2. Rigorous and relational techniques for individual and group interviews with diverse participants
  3. Addressing common pitfalls and challenges – getting out of your way, staying present to the Inter-View…and welcoming the surprises that may come into view for your analytic project and yourself!

From Idea to Inquiry: Refining SoTL Research Questions
Erika Smith, PhD
Mount Royal University
Hannah Storrs
Mount Royal University

Thursday, November 7, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In our everyday experiences, we often notice aspects of teaching and learning that spark new ideas. How can these ideas, observations, or intuitions be effectively translated into research? In this session, participants will explore ways to take these inspirations and turn them into a focused question that provides a strong foundation for SoTL inquiry. Facilitated by a SoTL researcher and an undergraduate research partner, this workshop engages with the theme of "engaging students, engaging faculty" by providing strategies for researchers and student partners throughout the SoTL inquiry process. Discussion will focus on techniques to refine a research problem statement and related question(s) in ways that address a particular area of need or an observed opportunity, ultimately guiding and informing subsequent designs for a SoTL study.

Asking the Right Questions: Using Surveys in SoTL
April McGrath, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Mount Royal University

Thursday, November 7, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Surveys are an incredibly popular tool to gather data about people’s behavior, attitudes, knowledge, and characteristics. Given the wide variety of data you could collect about teaching and learning through surveys, you may want to use surveys in your SoTL work. In this workshop, we will consider the purpose of surveys in SoTL and the types of outcomes a scholar can expect from using this method. We will review some established questionnaires and discuss the principles of good question writing. We will also discuss different question types, response options, and issues to be aware of when collecting self-reported responses. Participants can expect a mix of facilitator presentation and exercises. This workshop will serve as an introduction to using surveys in SoTL; conference attendees with training or experience in survey delivery would benefit from attending an alternative workshop.