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Proposals for Teaching Day 2017 - SoTL Poster Session

Propose a poster HERE  through May 15  

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country, and we are excited to be joining their ranks through this inaugural effort.

We invite GWU faculty interested in the systematic inquiry of teaching and learning to present their classroom research, big or small, completed or in progress, at a SoTL Poster Session that will be part of the 2017 GWU Teaching Day on Thursday, September 28. This poster session is sponsored by GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, in conjunction with the University Teaching & Learning Center.

What is the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning?
The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) draws on the reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning and ”encompasses a broad set of practices that engage teachers in looking closely and critically at student learning in order to improve their own courses and programs, and to share insights with other educators who can evaluate and build on their efforts.” (Hutchings, Huber, & Ciccone, 2011, p. xix).  

Suggested research strands: 

  • Active Learning
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Creating Communities of Learners
  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Engaging and Motivating Students: Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Peer Review
  • Online Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching with Classroom Technologies
  • Other

Examples of SoTL include, but are not limited to:

  • Measuring changes in teaching or learning over time
  • Examining how students understand a particular aspect or concept of a course.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment, or pedagogical intervention or approach
  • Comparing groups of students across a single class or across multiple course experiences.

Timeline for Posters:

May 15: Deadline for poster proposals
June 15: Acceptance of proposals confirmed
July 31: Accepted faculty confirm their intent to participate
TBA: Final abstracts and presenter information due
TBA: Release of the poster session participants and abstract
Septebmer 28 : Teaching Day at the Marvin Center

Proposal submission process (via this link)

On the electronic application form, you will be asked for the following information:

  • All co-author names, with highest earned degree, school, department, contact information (telephone and GW email)
  • A ‘corresponding author’ for the poster. This is the author who acts as the contact person with the event organizers.
  • Which strand best fits with the  proposal
  • A short, intriguing title (15-word maximum)
  • A brief (300-word maximum) abstract that addresses all of the following questions:

Research question(s):  What did you want to learn or try to understand abou your teaching?
Context What are relevant characteristics of your setting: course, type of students, instructional issue, etc.
Methods: What did you do to answer your research question? What teaching strategies did you implement?
Assessment:  What did you do to assess how the strategies you implemented impacted student learning?  What were your results
Discussion:  What did you learn by approaching your teaching in this way? What do you see as the implications and/or importance of your work?

Successful proposals will: Address all five questions above, effectively communicate your work to instructors from other disciplines, and explain application/implications of your work for teaching and learning in higher ed. Submitted proposals will go through a peer-review process.

For more information on proposals: Please contact Professor Maria de la Fuente  OR Professor Natalia Romanova

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