Who can submit?
ISSOTL members are invited to submit blog posts on topics of interest to ISSOTL members. Publication on ISSOTL’s Blog is one of the Society’s membership benefits.
How do I submit?
Member-submitted posts are reviewed by the ISSOTL Publications Committee to determine if the potential post is timely, relevant to the Society’s members, adheres to the following style guidelines, and supports the Society’s goals. The Publications Committee may request revisions and edits before the post is accepted.
To submit a post for consideration, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can I write about?
See the list of possibilities in the list at the top of this page. Blog posts should also be consistent with ISSOTL’s mission:
The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Inc. serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. Through building intellectual and collaborative infrastructure, the Society supports the associational life that fosters scholarly work about teaching and learning. The Society provides this support by:
- recognizing and encouraging scholarly work on teaching and learning in each discipline, within scholarly societies and across educational levels,
- promoting cross-disciplinary conversations to create synergy and prompt new lines of inquiry,
- facilitating the collaboration of scholars in different countries and the flow of new findings and applications across national boundaries,
- encouraging the integration of discovery, learning, and public engagement, and
- advocating for support, review, recognition, and appropriate uses of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
How should it be written?
Blog posts should adhere to the following style guidelines:
- Posts should be 500-750 words long. Longer posts may be considered as a two-part series, if the content merits additional space and lends itself to division into two parts.
- Post titles should be 5-7 words long and descriptive of the post content.
- Posts should be written in active voice, using clear, concise language and short paragraphs.
- Posts should maintain a positive, community-building tone.
- Authors should use ISSOTL-related acronyms consistently:
- ISSOTL (not ISSoTL) to reference the Society
- SoTL to reference the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- TLI to reference the Society’s journal, Teaching & Learning Inquiry
- Sources should be integrated
- as in-text links when possible, or
- as parenthetical citations with corresponding entries in a references list. The preferred citation style is APA, modified to include authors’ full first names in the references list entries.
- Authors are encouraged to include a relevant image (e.g., a photo of a research site or research team described in the post, an illustrative figure, etc.), when possible. Images should be submitted as separate files (preferably .JPGs), not embedded in the text of the post. Only use Creative Commons images or images that you created or have permission to use, tag the image for accessibility, and always credit image authors (e.g. Image Credit: Author Name).
- Authors should include information for a byline: their name, their institutional affiliation, and their preferred email for correspondence about the post