STLHE 2015 has ended
Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
CON02.01 - Realizing SoTL through teamwork: Faculty, staff and students working together

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Our teaching and learning development grants program is facilitated by a team of individuals that includes faculty and graduate students, from a range of disciplines, and support staff. The non-competitive grants program provides faculty with $5-10K and other supports to investigate questions about teaching and learning. It is designed to enhance individual faculty knowledge and practice and to engage them in teaching as a socially situated practice (Team authored, in press). We employ Norton’s (2009) notion of “pedagogical action research” as a working framework by supporting faculty members’ efforts to produce research evidence at a micro level (through their individual projects) with the aim of dissemination resulting in changes at the meso (course and departmental) and macro (institutional) levels. The foci of this session are the values underpinning our practice and how we accomplish our work as a team. Our teamwork is advantaged by our diverse roles and disciplinary perspectives, yet we are guided by a shared vision unencumbered by pre-existing hierarchical relationships. Together we facilitate the grants process, read relevant literature, conduct ongoing evaluation of the program (Team authored, in press), co-present and co-author publications. The session begins with attendees sharing (in pairs) if and how grants programs at their institutions are conducted and ends with a period of “critical questioning” where participants probe more deeply the practices and values presented by both facilitators and participants. This session will be of most interest to those involved in the conduct of, or wanting to develop similar teams and grants programs.

(Team authored) (in press). The intentional design of a SoTL initiative. New Directions in Teaching and Learning.

(Team authored) (in press). Evaluating a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants Program: Our Framework, Process, Initial Findings and Reflections. Studies in Educational Evaluation.

Norton, Lin. S. (2009). Action Research in Teaching and Learning: A Practical Guide to Conducting Pedagogical Research in Universities. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT
Bayshore Salon D

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