ISSOTL encourages members (and SoTL scholars and supporters more broadly) to share interest in and attention to the Grand Challenges for SoTL. The “Grand Challenges for SoTL in Action” page lists some strategies.
One example is happening through ISEEC — or the Impactful SoTL Educational Enterprise Collective, a new-to-SoTL network at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. ISEEC will be hosting a series of conversations about each of the five Grand Challenges for SoTL in the new year:
- How to encourage students to be engaged in learning (21.02.24)
- The complex processes of learning (20.03.24)
- How to develop critical and creative thinkers (01.05.24)
- How identities affect both teaching and learning (18.01.24)
- The practice, use, and growth of SoTL (13.11.24)
In each of these sessions, two ISEEC members will have an opportunity to give 15-minute presentations (followed by group discussion) on their work that aligns with the designated Grand Challenge for SoTL. Anyone interested in learning more about these conversations should contact Earle Abrahamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aligned with the fifth Grand Challenge for SoTL (the practice, use, and growth of SoTL), ISSOTL encourages you to consider hosting conversations about the Grand Challenges for SoTL project and/or individual Grand Challenges at your institution or within other interested organizations.
The icon to the left represents the fifth Grand Challenge for SoTL, the practice, use, and growth of SoTL. Hyojung Lee (a graphic designer in the Center for Integrated Professional Development, Illinois State University) designed the graphics for the Grand Challenges for SoTL. She explains that this image of “small blocks coming together symbolize continuous growth. It illustrates the accumulation of new knowledge researched by scholars, as it practically builds up over time, much like stacking individual blocks to form a larger, complex structure.”