Barriers to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University include:
Student Engagement and Involvement in the University:
Proposed methods for conducting the investigation include:
Our involvement in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) campus program began in early 1998. Over the course of our first 1-2 years in CASTL, we have been involved in the following: a discussion group created a definition of SoTL (“systematic reflection on teaching and learning made public”), discussed barriers and supports for SoTL on campus, and selected a campus research project topic-student engagement at ISU. In the next 1-2 years, supported by the Illinois State University Foundation and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, we have/are conducting four research projects related to the topic of student engagement:
In 2001, the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, with the assistance of two faculty members, received a $5,000 “Going Public” small grant from the American Association of Higher Education. This grant helped us to disseminate knowledge obtained from our research on student engagement for the CASTL Campus Program. The October 2000 and October 2001 issues of the CATalyst focused on student engagement and CASTL work. This was distributed on-campus to over 2,000 people and to teaching centers around the nation via a newsletter exchange, and posted on our Web site.
In 2002, the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning was established.
In 2002, we attended the AAHE Summer Academy. Our institutional change project was “Enhancing Student Learning and Intellectual Community by Promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning”.
In 2003, we applied and were selected, along with 11 other institutions to serve as a SoTL Cluster Leader, the latest phase of a joint AAHE-Carnegie Foundation effort to advance SoTL around the world.