Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Poster Session


The draws on the reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning and ”encompasses a broad set of practices that engage teachers in looking closely and critically at student learning to improve their own courses and programs, and to share insights with other educators who can evaluate and build on their efforts” (Hutchings, Huber, & Ciccone, 2011, p. xix).  


To engage with SoTL generally, faculty are welcome to contact our Faculty ,Development office. To participate in the SoTL Poster Session, please look for notices about the annual Call for Proposals. Due to the COVID and virtual learning situation for fall 2020 plans for the poster session are pending. 

Suggested research strands: 

  • Active and Engaged Learning
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Community-engaged Teaching and Learning
  • Course/Curriculum (Re)design
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches to Advance Student Learning
  • Online Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching with Classroom Technologies
  • Other

Examples of SoTL include, but are not limited to:

  • Measuring changes in teaching or learning over time
  • Examining how students understand a particular aspect or concept of a course
  • Assessing the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment, or pedagogical intervention or approach
  • Comparing this for groups of students across a single class or across multiple course experiences

Application Process

The Call for Proposals is currently closed. 

When the application opens, you will be asked for the following information:

  • All co-author names, with highest earned degree, school, department, and email address.
  • A ‘corresponding author’ for the poster. This is the author who acts as the contact person with the event organizers.
  • Which strand(s) best fit with the proposal
  • A short, intriguing title (15-word maximum)
  • Information about your project, including:
    • Research question(s): What is the purpose of the study? What do you want to learn, understand, or improve about your students' learning or about your own teaching?
    • Background/literature review: What do we already know about this topic from the literature? How does your study contribute to the discussion of this issue?
    • Research Design, Data Collection & Analysis Methods: How will you answer your question? Describe your research design: qualitative, quantitative, mixed. Describe your data sources, collection procedure, and methods of analysis. 
    • Results: Briefly describe your findings. (For works in progress, what results do you expect to find?)
    • Discussion: What did you learn from your results? What are the implications for your work? How might your work apply to other educators? (Not required for works in progress)

Successful proposals will: 

Address all five questions above, effectively communicate your work to instructors from other disciplines, and explain the application/implications of your work for teaching and learning in higher ed. Submitted proposals will be peer reviewed.

For more information on proposals: Please contact Professor Maria de la Fuente.

Please note: The application is a Google Form and is available only to those in the GW community. If you get a message that you do not have access, please make sure you are signed in to your GW email and signed out of any personal Google accounts, such as Gmail.

Further Reading and References

For more information about getting started on a SoTL project see this SoTL research guide.