Tomorrow's Teaching and Learning
The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
(CASTL) has developed an interactive electronic environment called
WebCenter, in partnership with the American Association for Higher
Education under the direction of Dr. Barbara Cambridge, director of
campus programs at AAHE. You can register to participate at:
An example of what you can find at the site is the posting below of
notes from a breakfast discussion among research universities on
March 30--part of a CASTL event at AAHE's National Conference in
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CASTL- AAH WEBCENTER PARTNERSHIP FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
Date: April 20, 2000 11:41 AM
Author: Kathryn Hatch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Ideas from discussion at Colloquium in Anaheim
At the 2000 Colloquium on Campus Conversations, breakfast discussions
one morning were held by institutional type. The following ideas were
generated during the breakfast conversation in response to three
prompt questions. Representatives of research universities were in
1. The first question posed was: What are particular challenges faced
by institutions of our like type in fostering the scholarship of
teaching and learning (SOTL)?
Time problems - too much already to do Campus culture doesn't include
SOTL Redefinition of faculty work Idea of SOTL "comes from outer
space" for some faculty Some faculty feel "forced" to do this (SOTL)
Administrators are resistant to SOTL--it does not benefit them
personally or professionally Campuses are not structurally prepared
to take on the SOTL as they are totally organized in research issues.
Culture changes may have to come from "on high" because individual
faculty are relatively powerless.
2. The second question posed to the group was: "What are the
particular opportunities for institutions of our like type in
fostering the scholarship of teaching and learning?"
There are resources available from big research grants for
"spillover" into SOTL. Faculty lines are now being created that are
dedicated to undergraduate improvement. Not many people do SOTL, so
there is room to be a pioneer. Because we prepare the majority of PhD
students, we have the opportunity to change their cultural ideas. We
do have Educational Researchers in Psychology,
Sociology, and Education who could collaborate with faculty on SOTL.
Perhaps we need a research agenda for teaching and learning centers
--- would foster collaboration. We have a group of faculty who
understand research design. Graduate students are a wonderful
resource as well as undergraduate TAs. Teaching centers are not
universally "powerful" on campus, but they exist. Inertias many be
great, but once the ocean liner moves, it stays moving.
3. The third question posed to the group was: "Are there ways that we
can support one another? How would we proceed?"
Need to coordinate faculty development efforts. Campus state system
incentives for cooperation. Colloquia at AAHE for this type of
discussion More opportunities to share with other research
universities Open up a thread on the Webcenter for this topic - call
it SOS for Share Our Strategies.