Identifying and developing good practice in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within STEM HE

Butler, Diane; Collins, Trevor; Gretton, Sarah and Williams, Neil (2023). Identifying and developing good practice in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within STEM HE. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference Proceedings: Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy, 28-29 Jun 2023, Swansea University, Wales.



The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning enables practitioners to contribute to and learn from the body of pedagogical research informing teaching and learning practices within HE. It promotes systematic, ethical and reflexive enquiry by practitioners to inform professional practice. Principles of good practice in SoTL have been proposed indicting that it should be (i) inquiry focused on student learning; (ii) grounded in context;(iii) methodologically sound; (iv) conducted in partnership with students and (v) made public (Felten, 2013).
The aims of this workshop are to consider the variety of institutional practices that support (or discourage) practitioners to engage in the
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning within their roles, and to identify and share effective approaches across institutions and disciplines. The workshop facilitators bring a breadth of experience of academic leadership and scholarship and are involved in coordinating scholarship within their institutions. One of the driving forces for the facilitators helping establish the Horizons in STEM Conference series in 2016 was to promote SoTL within the STEM disciplines. By discussing and identifying effective practices for scholarship across institutions, our aim is to raise awareness and engagement with the variety of approaches and invite delegates to reflect on and review these. For many, time for scholarship was limited during the pandemic, therefore, this workshop offers a timely opportunity for delegates to come together as a community to reflect on and review institutional support for scholarship and renew their commitment to scholarly teaching. The facilitators will welcome the delegates, introduce themselves and give an overview of the workshop. Three approaches to embed scholarship at our institutions, relating to the topics of student partnership, academic reward and recognition, and structural support for scholarship will be presented. Delegates will then be divided into groups to have facilitated discussions on the three topics, drawing on the practice at delegates’ institutions. We will then move to a plenary session to collate examples of effective practices and discuss what further role the Horizons in STEM Conference community can contribute to the support and promotion of SoTL.

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