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The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canada: Institutional Impact: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 146

Nicola Simmons (Editor), Catherine M. Wehlburg (Series Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-27241-0
112 pages
June 2016, Jossey-Bass
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canada: Institutional Impact: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 146 (1119272416) cover image

Description

Develop effective models of practice and positively impact institutional teaching and learning quality. This volume provides examples and evidence of the ways in which post-secondary institutions in Canada have developed and sustained programs around the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) that impact the institutional pedagogical climate. Topics include:

  • the historical development of SoTL in Canada,
  • institutional SoTL practices, including evidence of impact,
  • program design and case studies, and
  • continuing challenges with this work.

This is the 146th volume of this Jossey-Bass higher education series. It offers a comprehensive range of ideas and techniques for improving college teaching based on the experience of seasoned instructors and the latest findings of educational and psychological researchers.

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Table of Contents

EDITOR’S NOTES 7

Nicola Simmons

FOREWORD 11
Nancy Chick

Section One: Canadian Context

1. The History of SoTL in Canada: Answering Calls for Action 13
Nicola Simmons, Gary Poole

This chapter provides an account of the historical development of SoTL in Canada, including recommendations for moving forward

2. The Canadian Teaching Commons: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canadian Higher Education 23
Brad Wuetheric, Stan Yu

This chapter maps the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) terrain in Canada through the perceptions of SoTL scholars at four levels (micro, meso, macro, mega)

Section Two: Program Design And Evaluation

3. The Intentional Design of a SoTL Initiative 31
Cheryl Amundsen, Esma Emmioglu, Veronica Hotton, Gregory Hum, Cindy Xin

This chapter outlines how rationale and description of a program design are the underpinnings to evaluate any Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiative and shows how this supports building on prior practice

4. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Renaissance College (University of New Brunswick): A Case Study of SoTL at the Faculty Level 39
Thomas Mengel

This chapter discusses how a university college moves SoTL forward by aligning with the larger institution and taking advantage of SoTLfriendly existing promotion and tenure policies

5. Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning 47
Elizabeth Marquis, Arshad Ahmad

This chapter outlines how research fellow positions, engagement of students as co-inquirers, and mapping priority areas for scholarship have the potential for substantial impact on institutional teaching, learning, and SOTL

Section Three: Exploring the Impact of SoTL Initiatives

6. SoTL2: Inquiring into the Impact of Inquiry 55
Janice Miller-Young, Michelle Yeo, Karen Manarin, Miriam Carey, Jim Zimmer

This chapter examines the impact of Mount Royal’s SoTL program on participants’ scholarship at individual, department, and institutional levels as the institution moved from a college to a university

7. Exploring the SoTL Landscape at the University of Saskatchewan 63
Brad Wuetherick, Stan Yu, Jim Greer

This chapter examines who conducts Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and to what extent, at the University of Saskatchewan and what barriers and challenges impede SoTL work

8. Reconceptualizing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the University of Waterloo: An Account of Influences and Impact 71
Julie A. Timmermans, Donna E. Ellis

This chapter outlines how one institution capitalized on events to move from a focus on SoTL to scholarly teaching and discusses the resulting benefits to the culture of teaching and learning

Section Four: Institutionally Networked SoTL

9. The Role of Small Significant Networks and Leadership in the Institutional Embedding of SoTL 79
Roselynn Verwoord, Gary Poole

This chapter builds on notions of social networks, showing how consideration of their nature, relationships between them, and support for them can help create a positive teaching culture

10. Building Sustained Action: Supporting an Institutional Practice of SoTL at the University of Guelph 87
Natasha Kenny, Gavan P.L. Watson, Serge Desmarais

This chapter outlines the symbiotic relationship between engagement in SoTL and a teaching-focused institutional culture, identifying the importance of committed leaders, rewards and recognition, and integrated networks at all organizational levels

Section Five: Synthesis

11. Synthesizing SoTL Institutional Initiatives toward National Impact 95
Nicola Simmons

This chapter draws together the themes in this issue and outlines a model for building from institutional SoTL impact to national initiatives

INDEX 103

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Author Information

Volume Editor:
Nicola Simmons was the founding chair of SoTL Canada and is currently a faculty member in education at Brock University in Ontario.

Series Editor-in-Chief:
Catherine M. Wehlburg is the assistant provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Texas Christian University.

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