SoTL and DBER Learning Community

The SoTL and DBER Learning Community offers faculty and staff a year-long opportunity to learn about and undertake a project in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and/or Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) while establishing collegial relationships across disciplines and reinforcing a faculty culture that brings together the scholarship, research and practice of teaching and learning.

Each participant will receive $1,000 for professional development, teaching or research support.

Program Elements

Participants selected for the program are expected to:

  • Identify a project involving SoTL or DBER relevant to instruction in their discipline. For example, the project could be aimed at implementing and assessing the effectiveness of an instructional practice, or it could investigate some aspect of student understanding and learning of a topic or skill.

  • Develop and implement a plan for the identified project. This will likely include data collection and analysis (incorporating both direct and indirect methods such as embedded testing, student surveys, pre- and post-testing, use of rubrics, etc.).
  • Participate in monthly sessions organized by a peer facilitator and supported by UITL resources. The program is designed to form community among participants, so participation in the monthly sessions is essential.
  • Present on their projects informally within the group as their work progresses and provide feedback on other participants’ projects.
  • Attend at least one Ohio State conference focused on teaching (dates and conferences TBA).

Participants may also choose to:

  • Attend regional or national conferences on college teaching.
  • Attend events organized by UITL, ODEE, the Academy of Teaching or others that may include special-topic seminars or forums, workshops, and/or book discussion groups.
  • Prepare a scholarship of teaching project for publication or conference presentation.
  • Share their results with colleagues by presenting or facilitating a session at a UITL-coordinated event to discuss the project or report results of the implementation.

Application Timeline

The application is now closed.

The program is currently running from January 2019 through December 2019