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SoTL Spotlight: Special Issue of Teaching & Learning Inquiry

Posted by on Thursday, September 19, 2013 in Commentary, News.

SoTL Spotlightby Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director

Nancy is the author of a variety of SoTL articles and book chapters, as well as co-editor of two books on signature pedagogies and co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the official journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), with the Center for Teaching as its Editorial Office. “SoTL Spotlight” is her ongoing feature on the CFT website.

The second issue of Teaching & Learning Inquiry has just been published. It’s a special issue entitled “Writing without Borders: 2013 International Writing Collaborative,” the end product of a year-long project led by guest editors Beth Marquis and Mick Healey.  Beth, Mick, and their late colleague Sue Vajoczki issued an international call for authors and, from that pool, selected 70 people from across the globe to form collaborative writing groups.  For months, these authors worked at a great distance from each other to conceptualize and plan an article about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and then they gathered in person immediately before the October 2012 ISSOTL conference in Canada.  (See my reflections on this gathering in a blog post.)  For these three days, the groups of eight crystallized their plans and began drafting together.  On January 1, 2013, they submitted their collaboratively written essays to TLI, and my co-editor Gary Poole (Psychology, University of British Columbia) and I are thrilled to see its release this week.

Two graduate students from last year who have now moved on–Erica Hayden (2012-13 CFT Teaching Affiliate, History) and Adam Wilsman (2012-13 CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow, History)–served as Editorial Managers of this issue, ushering each essay, its eight authors, the two guest editors, Indiana University Press, and Gary and me through the entire publication process.

The essays in this issue address the following topics–again, authored by collaborative writing groups from across the globe:

  • SoTL scholars’ identity development (the free sample available to all, while all others are available to current ISSOTL members, as well as through many libraries’ databases)
  • Ethical considerations in SoTL–beyond the IRB
  • The relationship between SoTL, assessment, and calls for accountability
  • Institutional cultures, social networks, and SoTL
  • Faculty-student partnerships in SoTL
  • Student learning at the level of degree program (beyond individual courses)
  • The role of followership, complementing leadership
  • Dissemination of undergraduate research and inquiry

Gary,current  Editorial Manager Bernadette Doykos (2013-14 CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow, Human & Organizational Development), and I are now working through the manuscript reviews for the next issue, due out in March, 2014.  The deadline for the issue after that is January 1.

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