Starting a SoTL Project
One of the best ways to start get involved in SoTL is to attend the SoTL Brown Bag series or join a SoTL Learning Community. Contact the director for information on these events.
Questions to Help Faculty Develop SoTL Projects*
- Important goals: What do I want students to do after completing the program (course, activity)?
- How do I help the students achieve this goal?
- What information or evidence is there that students are learning this?
- How has this information been used to help students learn?
- What additional evidence is needed to understand how well students are learning this?
- What possible new or improved assessment tools or techniques might be used?
- How will I share what I learned with others?
* based on Questions from Middle States Commission on Higher Education (2007, p. 91)
SoTL Summer Grants
The Lakso SoTL Center provides grant opportunities for colleagues who wish to inititate or continue SoTL research at Juniata. The purpose of the JC SoTL Summer Grant is to facilitate the development of SoTL projects that will have the potential to be presented off campus in some peer-reviewed form (either through presentation at a conference or publication). However, we fund SoTL projects at ALL stages of development. An early phase proposal might include a literature review and the design of course materials to assess specific student outcomes so that you are prepared to begin data collection when the semester starts. A late phase proposal might include a written analysis and interpretation of your data (using the methods and evidence appropriate to your discipline). Stipends can be used to fund faculty time and/or purchases necessary for the SoTL project.
Click on the links below to download a copy of the Call for SoTL Summer Grant Proposals and the rubric the SoTL Advisory Board will use to evaluate the proposals.