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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning



The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL) is offering numerous opportunities this fall to learn more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and to become part of the UW SoTL community. Workshops are open to all. If you are interested in becoming part of the Fall 2021 SoTL Cohort you must apply for the ECTL SoTL Book Club and meet the expectations outlined below. 

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Fall 2021 SoTL Cohort

To be eligible for the Fall 2021 SoTL Cohort individuals must apply for and participate in all three SoTL Book Club sessions in the Fall 2021 (see below for more information on the SoTL Book Club) and meet the expectations as outlined below. The SoTL Cohort will have opportunities to engage with ECTL staff on a number of occasions to discuss their research and receive assistance to support their SoTL work. 

Cohort members must meet these expectations/requirements to be eligible for a small stipend (amount pending funding, to be paid in the Spring 2022):


  • Book Discussion: Attend ALL sessions in the 3-part book discussion based on the book Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhle, 2012) - see below.
  • Attend 2 of 3 Fall SoTL Events denoted below with *: SoTL Planning for Failure, SoTL Wonder Sessions, and/or SoTL Consultation-Designing the SoTL Project. These workshops/sessions take place after the book discussions have concluded and focus on assisting individuals in framing a SoTL research question and designing their SoTL project.
  • Submit a SoTL Research Abstract (deadline: April 20, 2022): Cohort members will work on their project in the spring semester with the expectation of meeting this deadline.

Fall SoTL Workshops

The workshops and sessions listed below are open to all. Attendance is offered in person or via Zoom. If you are unable to attend a session, you can register to receive a link to the recording (not all sessions will be recorded). To register for any of the SoTL Workshops listed below, please fill out the registration form found here. All times listed below are Mountain Standard Time. View SoTL fall workshop flyer here.

"What is SoTL?" Workshop:

Are you curious about ways to improve your teaching while also conducting scholarly research? Interested in starting a SoTL project? Join the ECTL for a brief introduction to SoTL at our "What is SoTL" workshop. This workshop is an opportunity for faculty and graduate students interested in inquiry into teaching practices to improve student learning and engage in the UW SoTL community. 

SoTL Discussion Video

*SoTL Wonder Sessions:

Do you have questions about how and what students are learning in your class? Or are you curious about how changes you make in your classroom instruction or syllabus impact student engagement and learning? If so, we invite you to engage in the SoTL Wonder Sessions with the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning staff. Come share your teaching and learning questions with us so we may assist you in "Generating the Research Idea" for your SoTL project (Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler, 2012).

Monday, November 8 | 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 9 | 10:00-11:30 a.m.

*SoTL Planning for Failure Workshop:

Let's plan ahead for the possible bumps in the road! This workshop will help SoTL scholars plan for the potential barriers that may come up when planning and executing their SoTL projects. We will also focus on the importance of adequate planning and the opportunity to be proactive when engaging with SoTL research.

Thursday, November 18 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.

SoTL Qualtrics Workshop:

Qualtrics is an excellent tool that may be of use when designing your SoTL project. Alec Muthig, Information Technology Trainer & Program Manager, will cover Qualtrics access and navigation, training and help resources, integration into Canvas (WyoCourses), embedding forms into Microsoft Teams, and provide an opportunity for SoTL project-specific questions in this workshop.

Friday, November 19 | 10:00-11:00 a.m.

SoTL IRB Workshop:

When designing your SoTL project, considering the IRB process is a great place to start! Nichole Person will host a workshop focused on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Wyoming. Come learn about the history of IRB, composition of the IRB at UW, IRB contacts, processes, and more. 

Friday, November 19 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

*SoTL Consultations - Designing the SoTL Study:

Come visit with the ECTL staff for drop-in SoTL consultations. Receive one-on-one support to help design your SoTL project. If you cannot attend either date, but would like to set up a time to meet with ECTL staff please check this option on the registration form. 

Tuesday, November 30 | 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Friday, December 3 | 2:30-4:00 p.m.

To register for any of the workshops/sessions listed above, please fill out the registration form found here.

SoTL Book Club

Are you interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)? We will host another book club in Spring 2022! Stay tuned for the application and updated details on this!

If you have any questions, please contact Shujuan (Olivia) Wang at

A Campus-Wide initiative in SoTL: Lessons Learned and a New Approach

(Click here for the abstract)

To promote a campus-wide SoTL culture, the ECTL launched the first SoTL initiative at our university with a three-day Summer institute in 2018. For promoting SoTL more broadly at our university, we examined the experiences of our ECTL and our work with a cohort of participants from a variety of disciplines, a partnership between our business school and an international university, and collaboration with our university Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP) Fellows program. Pre- and post-surveys and interviews were used to find out participants’ perspectives regarding what worked well for them, areas of struggle, their departmental support, and their identity as SoTL scholars. 

This presentation that was given at the SoTL Summit conference in 2021 shows lessons learned from this study and presents a new approach for supporting our next cohort.


Please click the box below to access links about SoTL research and work we have already done at the University of Wyoming. The most recent conference abstracts are highlighted here.

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SoTL National Conferences

SoTL International Conferences

  • October 26-29, 2021 - International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Annual Conference

SoTL Resources


  • Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler, 2012)

  • SoTL in Action: Illuminating Critical Moments of Practice (Chick, 2018)

  • Writing About Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Healey et al., 2020) Download Book

  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered (Hutchings, 2011)

  • How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Ambrose et al., 2010)

  • Balancing Acts: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Academic Careers (Huber, 2004)


For more information or questions about SoTL, please contact us:

Janel Seeley

Shujuan (Olivia) Wang  

Heather E. Webb Springer 

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-4847


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