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Research on Teaching & Learning Conference

McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada, will be hosting their annual Research on Teaching & Learning conference on December 9 & 10, 2015.  This year, the conference theme is Cultivating Communities, and we are thrilled to welcome Katarina Mårtensson from Lund University in Sweden as our keynote speaker.  She will be speaking about the relevance of networks and microculutres in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The full conference program can be seen on our website at http://tinyurl.com/RTL2015

A Report from the Publications Advisory Committee: ISSOTL to Partner with the University of Calgary as Teaching & Learning Inquiry Moves to Open Access Publication

Beginning in July 2016, Teaching & Learning Inquiry will be hosted at the University of Calgary as part of the university’s Open Access publishing program through Libraries and Cultural Resources. The 4.2 issue (scheduled for September 2016) will be the first to appear in the new format.

As noted in previous reports from the Publications Advisory Committee (PAC), the move to Open Access (OA) will have a number of advantages. This more accessible format will make the SoTL community’s work more widely available, open up the journal to online-only features, and reduce costs. The Committee sees OA as congruent with both the ethic of sharing that characterizes the SoTL community and the significant shifts in the scholarly publishing world. 

Communications Committee Seeks Members

The Communications Committee seeks nominations for additional members.

Student-generated data - Trends in the 2014 Conference program

In a pre-conference workshop at ISSOTL 2014, a small group of us decided to investigate how much of the SoTL work presented at ISSOTL 2014 was actually based on data from students. As we dove into the work, trends emerged around the kinds of investigations reported on and the kinds of data presented. This blog post provides a quick summary of what we found and raises questions that point the way to future work.

Annual Elections: Ballots Available May 11

Sent on behalf of Joelle Fanghanel, Chair of Leadership and Elections Committee

Dear member

I am delighted, on behalf of the Committee and the Board, to inform membership that we are now ready to proceed with the annual round of elections. There will be 2 positions to fill this year – one for VP US and one for the position of President-elect. You will receive a statement from the candidates and a short biography early next week. 

The ballot will open on 11 May 2015 and close on 20 May 2015. Current members will receive an email with access to their ballot.

Illinois State University Launches SoTL Blog, The SoTL Advocate

During the fall semester of 2014, the office of the Cross Chair in SoTL at Illinois State University established a new weblog titled The SoTL Advocate to highlight SoTL and to encourage discussion within the SoTL community on various topics of interest to those working in SoTL at ISU and beyond. The SoTL Advocate editorial team invites ISSOTL members to add the blog to their reading lists.

From TLI: Teaching the Literature Review: A Practical Approach for College Instructors

Abstract: Instructors across the disciplines require their students to write literature reviews. Although numerous sources describe the literature review process, instructors and students face difficulty when approaching the structure of a literature review. This paper presents a straightforward, efficient approach for teaching students how to write a literature review. Developed over the course of three years at a university writing center, this lesson received substantial support from students across the disciplines. This paper reflects on one group of students' experiences while writing literature reviews in a political science course, showing that students demonstrated a sense of confidence and direction after the lesson. University professors, writing center staff, and content-discipline instructors in higher education classrooms can alleviate their students' anxiety about literature reviews by using this lesson in their classrooms.

Has your membership lapsed? Renew today!

Mary Ann Danielson, Secretary of ISSOTL, is in the process of contacting (former) 2013-2014 members of ISSOTL if our records indicate that they have not yet renewed their ISSOTL membership for 2014-2015.  If your membership has lapsed, we hope that you’ll accept this invitation to renew your ISSOTL membership for 2014-2015 (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015).

From TLI: Instructor-Student Rapport in Taiwan ESL Classrooms

Abstract: Positive relationships between instructors and students are critical to effective learning in the classroom. Rooted in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and centered at the crossroads of interpersonal communication and instructional communication (Affective Learning Model), this study examines how instructors in a Taiwan ESL school build relationships with Taiwanese students. Instructors were interviewed regarding the behaviors they use to build rapport with their students. 

ISSOTL 2015 Call for Abstracts is Open

The 12th annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will take place from 27-30 October 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

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