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ISSOTL Elections - Spring 2018 (Nominations Due Feb 26)

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning -- a growing international organization dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning – seeks conscientious and creative colleagues who would like to make contributions to our Society. ISSOTL's Board of Directors establishes new directions for this organization while managing ongoing activities and services of the Society.

ISSOTL Conference Pedagogy

ISSOTL conferences convene faculty members, staff, and students from across the disciplines and around the world as a community that fosters inquiry and disseminates findings about what improves and articulates postsecondary learning and teaching. This purpose leads to an inherently complex conference culture: participants with diverse backgrounds and common goals. ISSOTL conference participants bring high aspirations to do important work—to improve learning and teaching in higher education and to contribute to what’s known about meaningful student learning.

The Beginnings of Engagement in Nursing Scholarship

In recent years, I have followed my passion for teaching and transitioned from a pediatric acute care Registered Nurse into Nursing Education. In my pursuit of this goal, I am currently working as a Nursing Educator on short-term contracts and an auxiliary basis while completing my thesis for an online Master of Nursing (MN) degree at Athabasca University. This year, I was fortunate to be recognized at the annual ISSOTL conference as an Emerging Scholar. This support provided me with the opportunity to attend the conference along with one of my mentors.

Call for Proposals: Reading across Disciplines

Reading across the Disciplines: Studies in SoTL (edited by Karen Manarin, Professor of English, Mount Royal University)

Students as Partners: Surprised at ISSOTL17

ISSOTL as a whole is remarkably welcoming of students, student voice, and student participation. This is particularly palpable at the annual conference, with student welcome events, student presentation and poster awards, and presentations about and for students. It was at ISSOTL16, my first international conference, that I first became aware of the concept of ‘Students as Partners’, along with a range of other new-to-me SoTL terms.

ISSOTL Seeks Part-Time Communications Coordinator

ISSOTL seeks a person to be responsible for expansion, update, maintenance, and promotion of the Society's website. ISSOTL.com operates on Drupal and serves as an access point for a wide range of information about the Society, its resources, its activities, and its communication portals (a journal, conferences, and interactive and social media).

Making New Connections: Librarians Meetup at ISSOTL 2017

If one theme stood out during the 2017 conference, is was the idea of “community.” However you identify with SoTL, the discipline’s mission and philosophy encourages community interaction, collaboration, and the exchanging of ideas.  This blog post is an account and reflection on how a group of  librarians found their community during the 2017 conference.

The Status of SoTL in Sociology: Background, Support, Involvement, and Characteristics

by Kathleen McKinney, Professor of Sociology and Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Emeritus, Illinois State University

This post is part of a series of posts on this blog about the status of SoTL in various disciplines. My focus is on the discipline of sociology and, primarily, in the United States. I briefly summarize a sampling of what we know about the background of as well as recent disciplinary support for, involvement in, and characteristics of SoTL in sociology. I leave it to others to post additional information on the status of SoTL in sociology in the U.S. and especially in other nations.

Notification of Bylaws Updates

Over the past few months, the Board has approved several changes to the Society’s Bylaws. These changes are intended to fix oversights (e.g., the absence of the Students and SoTL Committee from the bylaws) and to clarify and update processes and descriptions (e.g., a change to our membership year and resident agent). 

2017 Emerging Scholars

ISSOTL’s goal is to “foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.” To support this goal, ISSOTL recognizes the importance of engaging emerging scholars who are interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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