Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Effective educators intentionally participate in classroom scholarship activities to improve and advance their students’ learning.
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SoTL Teams with NTLC

SoTL Teams are comprised of 3 to 5 instructors who identify a common teaching question or classroom challenge associated with student learning that they study in a cross-disciplinary collaborative format. Typically, they come from different disciplines within the same college. They include seasoned and newer colleagues who conduct research using the SoTL research model.


2024-2025 SoTL Projects


Introduction to TILT and TILT Methods


Date: May 14th, 2024

Location: Sorensen Hall, room 205


This highly interactive session introduces participants to transparent instruction and engages them in small groups to apply transparent design principles to sample assignments that will be provided from Transparency in Teaching and Learning (TILT) research projects as well as their own examples.

Participants will leave with:

• an understanding of how TILT works and what it looks like in practice

• tools and strategies to enhance their students’ success and their teaching satisfaction through TILT practices

• draft revisions to a TILTed assignment or student-facing document/protocol of their own that they can use immediately with their students.


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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Workshop

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Location: Robert S. Swanson Learning Center, Educational Materials Center (EMC) - 2nd floor

Whether you are looking to start a research agenda, improve your insights into today’s learners, or want to reinvigorate your teaching, this session is for you.  Come find out how the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning helps you improve your pedagogical practices and connect with students as you build a research agenda.  Current projects will be highlighted as we discuss:

I. Introduction to SoTL and SoTL research

  1. What is SoTL
  2. Examples of SoTL
  3. Advantages of SoTL

II. Developing Your SoTL Questions

III.  Next steps

Takeaways from this workshop are not limited to:

  • Strategies to address both teaching and research with the same project
  • Differentiating SoTL research from discipline-specific and educational research
  • Identifying a research question  suitable for SoTL projects
  • Construct a plan for conducting a SoTL research project

Facilitator:  Sylvia Tiala – Director, Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center

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Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) Sharing Community

TILT is a project that focuses on two strategies to promote success for all students and reduce inequitable outcomes in higher education. The two strategies are: 1. “Promoting students’ conscious understanding of how they learn.” 2. “Enabling faculty to gather, share and promptly benefit form current data about students’ learning by coordinating their efforts across disciplines, institutions and countries.” (Winkelmes, 2023).
The NTLC is sponsoring a TILT project in 2024-25 that includes an introduction to TILT by founder Mary-Ann Winkelmes (May), support and mentoring by NTLC for TILTing 1-2 assignments (June-August), optional development of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) proposals, implementation of TILTed assignments in the 2024-25 academic year, and assessment of student outcomes.
Join Sylvia Tiala in this introduction to the TILT Project that will discuss:
I.  Three levels of participation, requirements and incentives
II.  Meeting dates and project timelines
III.  Resources to explore

Date: Friday, March 29, 2024
Location: ONLINE

Please email Sylvia Tiala ( with questions or if you are interested in TILT but can't make this introductory meeting time work for you.

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2023-2024 SoTL Projects

More information is on the way!

2022-2023 SoTL Projects

Updates coming soon!

2021-2022 SoTL Projects

2021 - 2022 SoTL Projects

Writing in Math Courses, Justin Nicholes, English and Philosophy, and Tyler Skorczewski, Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science Department pair up to complete a SOTL project related to writing in mathematics courses. The goal of the project is to measure student attitudes about meaningfulness and engagement in mathematics courses that are taken primarily by non-math major students and how writing projects factor into these attitudes. The hope is that by understanding students' attitudes, instructors will be able to design courses with better engagement, classroom environment, and improved learning.  

Where They Are:  Student Learning Experiences Anne Hoel, Business,  Laura Schmidt, Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science Department, and Min Degruson, Packaging will study the learning experiences of students in three STEMM disciplines to inform their teaching strategies and further their development as instructors who engage students "where they are" while leading the move back to campus-based learning. The team is curious about how the move back to campus-based classes unfolds for students, and for themselves. They are interested in determining how the COVID teaching/learning adaptations made in the past year have affected students and instructors, and in determining how they can continue to foster student success during this time of transition.