Learning and teaching scholarship in higher education

Resources for the following PLaCE sub-domains:

L1. Knowledge of learning and teaching scholarship

L2. Application of learning and teaching scholarship

L3. Contribution to learning and teaching scholarship

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) aims to provide Higher Education practitioners with evidence-based foundation and conceptual frameworks for teaching practice. Not only can SoTL inform various aspects of university teaching and student support, but it also opens new research avenues for those interested in contributing to the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching themselves.

L1: Knowledge of learning and teaching scholarship
Get familiar with scholarly practice in higher education learning and teaching
A scholarly approach to teachingWhat is SOTL? A guide to understanding SOTL and getting started with a project. (Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning)
Why do SOTL?Discussion and video about the value of scholarly research on teaching and learning. (Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning)
SOTL Annotated literature databaseWhat does SOTL investigate? A comprehensive list of 190+ topics in SOTL (with annotated bibliographies)  
Defining and supporting SOTL: A sector wide studyWhat’s the state of SOTL in higher education? Reports from a Higher Education Academy research project.
Establishing an academic writing groupA guide based on tried and tested ways for establishing a writing group – you can pick the ideas that will work best in your context. (8-page PDF)
Learning and Teaching RepositoryA searchable collection of research in Higher Education. (Universities Australia)
SoTL explained and illustratedA collection of YouTube videos about all aspects of SoTL
The Scholarship of teaching and learning: An introAn overview of SoTL with references. (Institute for Academic Development)
Learning and teaching scholarship reference listKey theorists, scholarly literature and useful resources for you to draw upon as you explore learning and teaching practice. (MQ FILT iLearn site)
Research enhanced learning and teachingLearning through scholarship – an overview of research enhanced learning and teaching in undergraduate studies to enhance both your teaching practice and students’ learning experience. MQ case studies showing ways in which RELT is being applied in practice to promote a dynamic and engaging classroom experience for both teachers and students. (MQ Guide)
SoTL vs Scholarly teachingA short YouTube video defining and comparing scholarship of teaching and learning versus scholarly teaching.
Teaching foundations texts and bibliographyA set of resources to support teaching for science and engineering – Build teaching practice by exploring the ideas in these important texts. (FILT)
What makes a quality SOTL publication?Experienced journal editors and reviewers advise what to do, what not to do, when it comes to publishing papers about learning and teaching. (TECHE article).
Key journals (non-discipline specific)
Higher Education Research and DevelopmentHigher 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 EducationThe International Journal of Higher Education Research 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 Learning and TeachingijSoTL 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 EducationThe Journal of Higher Education publishes research into the academic study of higher education addressing institutional and educational developments issues.
Research in Higher EducationResearch 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 EducationStudies in Higher Education publishes international research on higher education issues including institutional management and performance, teaching and learning.
Teaching in Higher EducationCritical and theorised research in higher education teaching practice and policy for an international audience, spanning pedagogy, curriculum and assessment.
Academic Journals – Higher EducationA list (with links) of additional academic journals in higher education.
Discipline specific SoTL journals
Arts and Humanities in Higher EducationAn international peer reviewed journal publishing articles, reviews and scholarly comment relating to the arts and humanities in higher education.
International Journal of Nursing Education ScholarshipThe International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship (IJNES) publishes significant research and scholarship in the broad field of nursing education.
International Journal of Electrical Engineering and EducationThis journal provides a showcase for international developments in electrical power engineering, energy; electronics, signal processing, telecommunications, automation and control, measurement, and computer engineering including their education.
Journal of Accounting EducationA refereed journal dedicated to promoting and publishing research on accounting education issues and to improving the quality of accounting education worldwide. The Journal provides a vehicle for making results of empirical studies available to educators and for exchanging ideas, instructional resources, and best practices that help improve accounting education.
Journal of Educational and Behavioural Statisticspublishes articles that are original and useful to those applying statistical approaches to problems and issues in educational or behavioural research.
Journal of Legal EducationA quarterly publication of the Association of American Law Schools. The primary purpose of the Journal is to foster a rich interchange of ideas and information about legal education and related matters, including but not limited to the legal profession, legal theory, and legal scholarship.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in PsychologyThis journal features teacher-ready reviews of current research and contemporary theories as well as empirical research designed to foster systematic intentional changes to improve teaching and learning outcomes. The mission is to leverage psychological science to provide resources that integrate research, theory, and practice to benefit high school, community college, college, and university educators and their students.
Studies in Art and Education: A Journal of Issues and ResearchThis journal publishes research about art making, criticism, aesthetics, cultures, philosophies, history, social change, art curriculum, and assessment.
Support for SoTL by DisciplineA directory of discipline specific journals. (Illinois State University)
L2: Application of learning and teaching scholarship
Your teaching philosophy
Do you have a teaching philosophy?Formulate your teaching philosophy – it’s a definite advantage to have one prepared, and if you’re applying for academic promotion you’ll certainly need one. (TECHE post)
Evaluating and evidencing teaching
Teaching portfolio developmentA practical guide designed to assist in the development of teaching portfolio – as a place to summarise teaching accomplishments, provide examples of classroom material and as a mechanism and space for reflecting on teaching
Evidence your University teaching achievementsIdeas on potential sources you can use to evidence your teaching excellence. Ideally, your evidence will come from multiple sources to provide a breadth and depth of your teaching achievements. (TECHE post)
University Learning and Teaching Practice Evaluation Framework A framework to evaluate University Learning and Teaching Practice – 6 page worksheet with focused questions. (University of Southern Queensland)
Evidencing your teachingPractical workbook – 18 pages. (University of Western Australia)
Get recognised: apply for an award
Good forms of evidence for a teaching awardGuide to aligning evidence with award criteria, recommended types of evidence to include to improve your application with examples. (Australian Awards for University Teaching)
The hidden side of a teaching award applicationA reflection on the award application process. (Robyn Prior, University of Canberra)
How to create a winning AAUT citation applicationA 2 page checklist. (Australian Awards for University Teaching)
Possible sources of evidence for teaching Possible data sources for providing evidence for teaching-related awards.
Why you won a teaching awardUnderstand what makes an award application stand out. Ideas and tips from someone who has been on several assessment panels on what makes an assessor say ‘YES’ to an application. (MQ resource. 2 page .pdf)
Writing an award applicationInformation for MQ staff on writing an application for a Vice Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Award (or other L&T award) – includes videos, articles, exemplars. (MQ website)
L3: Contribution to learning and teaching scholarship
Plan a project to progress scholarship in learning and teaching
SoTL Annotated literature databaseHelpful summaries of key literature that will support your practice or research in postsecondary teaching and learning.
Plan your first SoTL projectA practical guide on getting started with SOTL – to design and carry out your own SoTL project which, if you are new to the SoTL process, might be an informal SoTL Pilot Study that will help you improve your teaching, or, if you are more experienced, a more formal SoTL project might lead to publication or a conference presentation.
Conceptualising and communicating SoTLA research paper on SoTL methodologies to help you decide which methodology woiuld be the best fit for you.
Attend or present at learning and teaching conferences
American Psychological AssociationSociety for the Teaching of Psychology. Conference in August in Washington DC.
The Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)Conference in June (Gold Coast 2023)
The Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference (AusPLAT)Conference in September (Hobart 2023)
Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT)Currently hosting a series of webinars rather than a conference.
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)Conference in July (2023 in Brisbane)

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