Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): A Line of Research You Can and Should Pursue

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August 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers

Note: Times listed are Central Time (CT).

Are you searching for a project that can help you:

  • enhance your students’ learning, your teaching, and your research agenda;
  • prepare for a career in postsecondary education; or
  • measure and report on the effectiveness of Family Life Education programs?

Look no further than the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or SoTL (pronounced “sō-tul”), is an academic approach to both teaching and research in which student learning is the primary focus. It involves a rigorous systematic inquiry into the methods and practices of teaching, resulting in findings suitable to use in a variety of venues.

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in learning how to pursue a SoTL research project, including:

  • Postsecondary Family Science educators (both new and experienced) in traditional and nontraditional settings
  • Doctoral students
  • Family Life Educators who want to measure and report on program effectiveness

Required Materials: Paper and writing instrument

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

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What Attendees Said After Participating in This Webinar:

"Excellent presenter. Clearly an expert on the subject, but did well translating for others who may not be as familiar."

"The references were extremely helpful, especially for somebody who is new to the field of SoTL as a potential research opportunity."


Webinar Objectives

In this webinar, presenter Deborah Gentry, Ed.D., CFLE, will show you how to:

  • differentiate between teaching, scholarly teaching, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning;
  • design, implement, and report on a SoTL research project, as well as explain and defend the parallels between the rigors of SoTL and traditional research studies;
  • outline a preliminary plan for a SoTL research project that clearly addresses common criticisms of such work;
  • identify outlets for making SoTL research project findings public; and
  • advocate for the benefits of SoTL work to faculty, students, and disciplinary peers.

Video: Dr. Gentry Explains the Benefits of the SoTL Method


About the Presenter

Deborah Gentry, Ed.D., CFLE, has been working in academic institutions, secondary and postsecondary, for 40 years. Her longest tenure has been with Illinois State University, where she was the recipient of department, college, and university teaching awards. Most recently, she was involved in promoting continuing professional development for faculty and staff at Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois. Her academic background includes study in Family Science, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Dr. Gentry’s topical specialties are family conflict management, Family Life Education, pedagogy and andragogy, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has been an active member and leader in the National Council on Family Relations, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, Family Science Association, and the Illinois Council on Family Relations for many years. She is also a Certified Family Life Educator and liaison for NCFR’s Academic Program Review.

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