Institutions responsible for the education of students must ensure that its education mission is optimally fulfilled together with its other missions such as research and service. In institutions of higher learning, the primary emphasis on mission fulfillment was heavily weighted on research and, consequently, the word scholarship was narrowly interpreted to include only activities focused on discovery of new knowledge through the research process. During 1990s, the late Boyer advocated a re-appraisal of and expanded the meaning of the word ‘scholarship’ which was further refined and now includes the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) refers to the systematic, evidence-based study of teaching and learning and sharing with the wider community of peer reviewers, with the objective to enhance student learning through strengthened teaching practices. Today, in the 21st century, many institutions of higher learning recognise the scholarship of teaching and learning as a pathway to promotion and tenure in academia. However, to benefit from this, it is important to have a clear understanding of the demands and rigour associated with the achievement of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
This workshop will provide an overview of SoTL and methods to conduct a SoTL project. Educational research methodology will be incorporated in this workshop.
By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to define and describe the concepts of SoTL, create a plan to conduct a SoTL project in healthcare professional education, evaluate the SoTL project developed, described the types of educational research methodology and apply the educational research methodology in planning for a research project.