New to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) in higher education? Need a refresher? Looking for inspiration for a SOTL project? Considering applying for a Teaching Award? This post has resources and step-by-step suggestions to get you started.

These resources are also featured on the Learning and Teaching Scholarship page that supports the Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) Framework.

Step 1: Get familiar with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)


1.      What is SOTL? and Why do SOTL?

A brief (10-15 minute) overview

2.     What does SOTL investigate?

A comprehensive list of 190+ topics in SOTL (with annotated bibliographies)

3.     What is the current state of SOTL in higher education?

Review the literature in this extensive review (43 pages), this survey report (21 pages) and other resources by Advance HE (ex-Higher Education Academy). 

4.     Get inspired by SOTL projects

A SOTL explorer tool allows filtering SOTL projects by context, project details, focus, etc.

5.     Stay informed

Key journals in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (non-discipline specific)

Higher Education Research and Development

Higher Education Research & Development publishes scholarly articles on the theory and practice of higher education and educational development. Published by HERDSA Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

Higher Education

Examines educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and vocational and education institutions. It reports on developments in both public and private higher education sectors.

International journal for the scholarship of teaching and learning
ijSoTL is an open, double-blind peer reviewed electronic journal published in May and November each year by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Georgia Southern University. The journal is an international forum for research and information about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its applications in higher/tertiary education.

Journal of Higher Education

The Journal of Higher Education publishes research into the academic study of higher education addressing institutional and educational developments issues.

Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
 JoSoTL aims to address contemporary issues bridging teaching and learning in higher education, philosophical approaches to teaching, current research, and praxis.

Journal of University Learning and Teaching Practice

Peer-reviewed journal publishing papers on effective and innovative teaching and learning practice in higher education for educational practitioners in a wide range of disciplines to communicate their teaching and learning outcomes in a scholarly way.

Research in Higher Education

Research in Higher Education publishes studies that examine issues pertaining to postsecondary education. The journal is open to studies using a wide range of methods, but has particular interest in studies that apply advanced quantitative research methods to issues in postsecondary education or address postsecondary education policy issues.

Studies in Higher Education

Studies in Higher Education publishes international research on higher education issues including institutional management and performance, teaching and learning.

Teaching in Higher Education

Critical and theorised research in higher education teaching practice and policy for an international audience, spanning pedagogy, curriculum and assessment.

Some discipline-specific SOTL journals (examples)

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education

Journal of Accounting Education

Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics

Journal of Legal Education

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology

Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research

See this directory for more discipline-specific journals

Step 2: Lay the foundation for your own SOTL project



Step 3: Contribute to SOTL


Plan your first SOTL project – A practical guide on getting started with SOTL

SOTL methodologies (2015 research paper) – What methodology will be a good fit for your SOTL project?

Step 4: Get recognized


Start planning your L&T award application by: reviewing what’s considered ‘good’ evidence by AAUT (Australian Awards for University Teaching); reading this reflection on award application process (10-page article); and considering this 2-page checklist for a winning AAUT application.

Other resources

Learning and Teaching Repository by Universities Australia (Browse a collection or research in Higher Education).

A framework to evaluate University Learning and Teaching Practice (6-page worksheet with focused questions).

Evidencing your teaching – a practical workbook (18 pages)

SOTL explained and illustrated – Youtube videos

Image credits: 8photo @ Freepik

Posted by Olga Kozar

I'm a 'long-term' Mq girl. I did my PhD here and taught on different courses, ranging from 1st year to PhD students. I now work in Learning and Teaching, which I love. I have 2 young kids and a dog, and I love meeting other Mq people, so give me a shout if you'd like to talk 'learning and teaching' or would like to brainstorm together.

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