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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Friday, June 19 • 8:30am - 9:15am
CON10.11 - The SoTL Canada symphony: Conducting the orchestra

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SoTL Canada is a special interest group of STLHE that provides a targeted opportunity for SoTL scholars to form a community to share findings, to engage in opportunities for broader sharing of SoTL work, and consider ways to catalyze Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiatives at the institutional, regional, national, and international levels. In this session we use the metaphor of conducting an orchestra to outline the development of this SIG from a few interested people to over 200 members in under three years. We draw on network theory (Verwoord & Poole, in press) and Wenger’s (1998) work on Communities of Practice to discuss lessons learned in developing the interests and attributes of individual ‘musicians’ into networks of orchestra sections and ultimately, working towards a full symphony. Just as a good tune can be appealing in multiple genres, we believe that through examining results from our recent membership survey, along with a brief account of the SIG development history, you will find passages that can be played and techniques that can be used in alternative SoTL development contexts. In small and large groups you will consider what principles are at play in this case study and how they might equally resonate in your own setting. The session will be facilitated in English; however, questions and discussion in French are encouraged.


Verwoord, R., & Poole, G. (in press). The role of small significant networks and leadership in the institutional embedding of SoTL. In N. Simmons (Ed.), The scholarship of teaching and learning in Canada: Institutional impact. New Directions in Teaching and Learning. 

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Friday June 19, 2015 8:30am - 9:15am PDT
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