The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is often referred to as a community. SoTL scholars engage in some of my favorite activities in academia. We talk about teaching and learning in fun and creative ways, we ask questions and inquire into why something worked (or not), and we find camaraderie across disciplines, types of institutions, and continents. There is something for everyone, and all of the unique epistemologies and experiences we bring into our work are celebrated and included. This community is one of the reasons SoTL conferences are such fun.
If you’ve never attended a conference focused on SoTL, consider registering to attend the 20th Annual Midwest SoTL Conference hosted by IU South Bend. This one-day conference, held in April, is an easy way to begin dipping your toe into SoTL beyond Bloomington. If you have a SoTL project you would like to share, proposals are currently being accepted through February 1, 2019.
Can’t wait until April to talk SoTL? Consider attending the SoTL Commons Conference in Savanah, Georgia in January 2019. While the proposal period has ended, you can still register to attend and will find programs from previous conferences on their website.
Want to go even bigger? The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) will be holding its annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2019. While this is still a year away, ISSOTL is truly international and typically rotates conference location between the US, Canada, and Europe or Australia. Now is the perfect time to start that SoTL project you’ve been contemplating so that it’s complete in time to propose presenting at ISSOTL. There’s even still time to submit your project for a SoTL grant by November 26, 2018 for consideration for the fall semester cycle.
Have you presented or recently published your SoTL work? Make sure to submit it to the SoTL database!