Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a critically reflective activity in which teachers of any discipline interrogatetheir educational practices and identify opportunities for improvement in curriculum, teaching and student learning. This panel will explore initiatives that aim to develop academics’ capacities for leadership in SoTL in their disciplinary and institutional contexts by way of peer mentoring and peerassisted strategies. Both Australian and international perspectives on developing SoTL will be provided from teaching academics, Directors of academic development units, Associate Deans of Education, and from any university staff members involved in quality assurance of programs. Different initiatives used in departments and across institutions will be explored, in particular those that draw on peer-mentors as leaders in interrogating educational practices and developing SoTL expertise in colleagues. The panel will give attention to small-scale initiatives through to programs designed for large scale implementation, and will focus on professional development initiatives with sufficient flexibility to respond to changes in specific institutional needs. This adaptive capacity, evident in some peer-to-peer models of academic development, allows for targeted attention to opportunities for improving education practices, and for fostering inquiry and then disseminating findings of those changes in practices. The conceptual frameworks that underpin initiatives, the methods and tools employed by initiatives, and the evidence used to demonstrate achievements will be debated and discussed.
12th International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia 27-30 October 2015
Proceedings of the 12th International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference / pp.180