TEACHING AND LEARNING SCHOLARSHIP (TLS) at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Have you ever considered doing research on the teaching and learning that takes place in your classroom? Teaching and Learning Scholarship (TLS) is a dynamic and multidisciplinary field of study, with its own journals, questions, methods, and scholars. TLS goes by many different names, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Discipline-Based Educational Research (DBER), action research, teaching as research, and more; but at its core, this research focuses on the work you are already doing, or would like to be doing, to enhance how your students learn.
Whatever you call it, we are committed to working with you as you move from good practice in scholarly teaching to a systematic study of what you and your students do in your classroom(s) and sharing what you learn with others. Our new TLS initiative was founded to ensure that Penn State faculty have the support they need to bring teaching, learning, and scholarship together in productive and meaningful ways.
The following are examples of the services we are now offering to support TLS.
ONE ON ONE CONSULTATIONS (TLS)
Ask us any question, no matter how big or small about your research project.
TLS COACHING SESSIONS (INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP)
You can work one on one with an experienced researcher and coach to develop and reach your TLS goals. Coaching is available in multiple formats, from face to face to virtual.
TLS WRITING GROUPS
Make time to get your TLS manuscript in the hands of publishers by joining one of our TLS peer writing groups.
WORKSHOPS, SUMMER INSTITUTES, CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
We will be hosting several day-long TLS institutes this summer. Come prepared to develop your idea or question into a full-fledged research plan and long-term research agenda. The first institute is scheduled to take place on JUNE 13th.
Allow us to come to you at any building, department or campus and explore how we can meet your TLS needs, whether through presentations, workshops, consultations, or planning.
EDUCATIONAL/TLS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
We are here to work with you and Identify, support, and promote external funding opportunities for TLS work as well as offer our internal SITE grants.
TLS PROJECT INCUBATORS
Find co-researchers, get connected to support units, and create project plans to develop innovative and collaborative research projects.
We’d like to get the word out about your TLS work. If you’ve published or presented TLS scholarship of any kind, just let us know and we can work with you to increase both recognition and readership; whether through our own outlets or by creating a dissemination plan.
To find out more about TLS support or to schedule a session, please contact LAURA CRUZ at email@example.com.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?
If you’d like to read more about what teaching and learning scholarship is all about, here are some suggested references to get you started:
- An interactive, on-line guide to many facets of doing teaching and learning scholarship: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/sotl/
- A printed guide: Bishop-Clark, C., & Dietz-Uhler, B. (2012). Engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning: A guide to the process, and how to develop a project from start to finish. Stylus Publishing, LLC.
- This is one of the big thought pieces that sparked the teaching and learning scholarship movement: Bass, Randy. (1999). The Scholarship of Teaching: What’s the Problem? inventio, 1(1).
- Here are two handy overviews of principles and genres within the field:
- Felten, Peter. (2013). Principles of good practice in SoTL. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 1(1). 121-125.
- Nelson, Craig E. (2003). Doing it: Examples of several of the different genres of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 14(2). 85-94.