Addressing the Needs of New Scholars in SoTL: Using Technology to Develop Effective Practitioners Across the World

Deborah CLARKE
Charles Sturt University, Australia

The University of Western Australia, Australia

Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand


The roads to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) enlightenment are many and varied. Some researchers make the natural progression from Education studies to SoTL but for others the path is less clear. Those from different disciplines may find the SoTL ways difficult to understand and problematic to embrace. This results in many academics not fully engaging with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. HERDSA has recently acknowledged its responsibility to smooth the path for new scholars into SoTL and has established a designated New Scholars portfolio, the purpose of which is to offer resources, training and support to those wishing to explore SoTL. This showcase describes a case study of one such program devised my members of the HERDSA New Scholars portfolio. The participants were academics from Australian and New Zealand universities representing a broad cross-section of disciplines. The program comprised three online two hour synchronous sessions where participants were introduced to aspects of research into teaching and learning. This was followed by two online sessions employing the "Shut up and Write" model to support participants as they began to formulate their research papers. A final followup session was held approximately two months later to check on progress towards publication. The program was evaluated via an anonymous survey and through interviews with the participants to explore their experiences and achievements that resulted from undertaking the program. Results of the evaluation will be discussed along with suggestions of ways in which this model may be adapted more widely to include New Scholars to SoTL wherever they may be.

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