SoTL Academy

 

2014 Update:

The conference has been postponed until 2015.

Information about the next SoTL Academy will be posted here when available.

Do not hesitate to contact Christine Rener (renerc@gvsu.edu) if you have questions.

 

 

 


 

The 5th Annual Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Academy

Eberhard Conference Center
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 19-21, 2013
 
Making Student Learning Visible
 

While “Making Student Learning Visible” is not a new idea, it is a call to action that first inspired the scholarship of teaching and learning movement and remains relevant today.

While calls for such visibility have come from both within and outside the academy, many of you may also remember Dr. Dan Butin’s similar call to action at the 2012 SoTL Academy.   You may remember Dan asking, “If not faculty, who else then is going to provide for the public and others evidence of the work we do to positively impact student learning and development?”

As Jeff Bernstein, Eastern Michigan University political scientist and co-founder of the SoTL Academy, wrote in his introduction to the book, Making Learning Visible: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at EMU*, “If a central goal of the scholarship of teaching and learning becomes making learning visible, the next question that arises is, ‘Visible to whom?’"  And to this question, we would add, “And why?”

We invite you to join us for the 2013 SoTL Academy to examine these questions.  We also invite you to make visible the work you do that impacts student learning and development, and to learn from others who will showcase their work.  We hope to see you at the 2013 SoTL Academy!


 *Bernstein, J.L. (2008).  Introduction: Making learning visible to whom?  In J.L. Bernstein (Ed.), Making learning visible: The scholarship of teaching and learning at EMU (1-11). Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center, Eastern Michigan University: Ypsilanti, MI
 

 

Keynote Presentations 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Beth Dietz-Uhler, Professor Psychology 
Cathy Bishop-Clark, Professor and Chair, Computer and Information Technology
Miami University  
 
 
Using SoTL to Make Student Learning Visible 
 
“Though SoTL serves many positive functions in the academy, the most important is having an impact on student learning…” (McKinney, 2012). 

A goal of SoTL is to improve student learning.  But until we make student learning visible to ourselves, our colleagues, higher education, and those outside of higher education, the power of SoTL remains underutilized.   In this presentation, we will provide examples of SoTL projects and share how they have helped make student learning visible to us (the instructors), our faculty colleagues, members of the administration, and others.  We will give special attention to how SoTL can help make learning visible to students.  We will invite conference attendees to identify and discuss the ways they have made student learning visible and how SoTL can facilitate this process. 

 
 
Keynote Speaker Biographies 

Cathy Bishop-Clark is Professor and Chair of the Computer and Information Technology Department at Miami University in Ohio.  She teaches a variety of software development courses as well as Health Information Technology courses.  Her research has always had a SoTL thread and has ranged from studying Novice programmers to teaching in a mixed-age classroom.   The scholarship of Teaching and Learning has not only informed Cathy’s teaching but has also more recently informed her work as an administrator in higher education.

Beth Dietz-Uhler is Professor of Psychology at Miami University.  She teaches a variety of courses in psychology, including introductory psychology, social psychology, research design and analysis, and a graduate teaching practicum.  She has strong interests in teaching online and using technology to enhance student learning.  Her SoTL research interests include small groups, computer-supported interaction, and most recently, learning analytics. 

Beth and Cathy began working together for about 15 years.  They have published and presented on SoTL projects involving computer mediated communication, team teaching, and online learning.  Together they have led multiple faculty learning communities in SoTL.  Most recently Cathy and Beth have published a book (August 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).

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derek Bruff, Director, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

 

We Can’t X-Ray Their Brains

“A lot of meaningful activity—struggling, processing, sense-making—is going on in the intermediate space between novice and expert,” wrote Randall Bass in his 2012 article “Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education.”  That “intermediate space” is often invisible space—the dark matter of student learning.  We know it’s there, we know it has an effect, but we have trouble actually seeing it.  Bass asks, “How can we better understand these intermediate processes? How might we design to foster and capture them?”  In this talk, we’ll explore two approaches to answering these questions: using visual engagement techniques to make visible students’ knowledge organizations, and leveraging social media to make visible “thin slices” of student learning.  Conference participants will be inspired to find creative ways to shine a light on student learning.

 

 
Keynote Speaker Biography
Derek Bruff is director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics.  Derek consults regularly with faculty in a variety of disciplines about educational technology and other teaching and learning topics.  Derek’s research interests include classroom response systems (“clickers”), visual thinking, student motivation, and social pedagogies.  He blogs on these topics at derekbruff.org, and his book, Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2009.  Derek has taught at Harvard University and has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
 
 

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Academy seeks to bring together all members of the academy engaging in or wanting to learn about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). This national conference provides a forum for presenting new SoTL work, for sharing reflections on SoTL and its role within the academy, and networking with others engaged in this enterprise.

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