Summer Institute is designed to provide a forum and a frame in which the Wisconsin Teaching Scholars may begin to conceptualize and work on their course redesign in terms of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOT&L) means understanding, explaining and valuing teaching and attention to student learning as scholarly, intellectual work. Advancing this perspective requires an academic culture that encourages the following principles:
Summer Institute is structured so that the mornings will be spent engaging the eight principles of the SOT&L listed above, and the afternoons will be spent in both individual and collaborative work on Scholar projects. Some of the Scholars will have the opportunity to present their nascent projects; all of the Scholars will have the opportunity to engage in and practice peer review.
The Wisconsin Teaching Scholars Program has three over-arching goals:
1) to provide Scholars with the opportunity to develop their individual projects;
2) to enable Scholars to make themselves available as resources and to collaborate with others; and
3) to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Each of these goals will be put into practice throughout Summer Institute.
Monday, June 21
Asking Questions/Gathering Data
(joint meeting with the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows)
**Bass, Scholarship of Teaching: What’s the Problem?
**Hutchings, Introduction to Opening Lines
Moving forward with our questions: whole group discussion of current formulations of questions
Designing systematic inquiry: small group work by “interest” clusters to
begin to design a research plan framed by SoTL question
- Free time to work on projects, etc.
Dinner at Donna and George’s
Tuesday, June 22
How can we gather evidence about student learning?
Discussion of methods
What do we know about learning?
**Bransford, “How People Learn” (Chapter One)
Getting good answers to good questions about student learning.
Small group work on evidence
Or work individually
Or some combination, as appropriate
Dinner on your own
Wednesday, June 23
What does SoTL work look like?
Presentations by 3-4 Center Scholars and past WTS
(Helena, Nancy Chick, Donna Perkins, Cindy Kernahan)
Presentations and discussion continued
Small group work on project design
Bransford, Chap 6 discussion
Dinner on your own
Thursday, June 24
How can we assess student learning?
Designing your course.
Discussion of Lee Shulman’s article, Course Anatomy: The
Dissection and Analysis of Knowledge Through Teaching
Project work and small group peer review
Pizza Party at Lisa Kornetsky’s house
Friday, June 25
Public communication and dissemination of results and products
Group discussion of Shulman, Taking Learning Seriously
Linking your work to campus and system initiatives
Summary discussion: What makes your work SoTL work? How
does your project differ from the traditional teaching improvement
project? What are the big questions about student learning that we’ve made some progress on?
Beyond Summer Institute: communication, meetings, projects,
expectations, and recommendations for the coming year.