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Senior SOTL Scholar Learning Community Project

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Two learning communities of experienced SOTL scholars will be selected to design and implement SOTL projects on the following topics:

  • Enhancing First-Year Student Learning in the Second Semester
  • Well-Being and Academic Life: Relationship of Student Learning to Instructor Well-Being

 

Current Senior SOTL Scholars and Project Description:

  • William Wresch, COB
  • Jennifer Wenner, Geology
  • Robert Sipes, Kinesiology

Investigation of the Signature Questions in USP Quest I Courses

In this first semester of implementation of the USP, these three experienced Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) scholars are investigating to what level students better understand the Signature Question Essential Learning Outcomes and the benefits of a liberal arts education. Their research method for this investigation includes a pair of online essays at the beginning and end of selected USP Quest I courses. Each participating instructor is administering the essays as part of the class assignments, and students are being asked to consent to releasing their blinded essays to the researchers for analysis. Rubrics are being used to evaluate the content of the essays and a comparison of pre-test to post-test scores will be performed to assess changes in understanding.

Project cycle for 14-15 Scholars: 

  • Fall 2014: Scholar Selection, Study Design, and IRB approval
  • January 2015 Interim: Final Preparation (group meeting)
  • Spring 2015: Data Collection
  • Summer 2015: Data Analysis, Writing, and Presentation
  • Fall 2015: Sharing Results and Presentation

Possible presentation venues include the UW Oshkosh Provost's Teaching and Learning Summit, the UW System President's Summit on Teaching and Learning, the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference, or the American Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference (AACU).

Participants receive a $2,000 stipend for the 14-15 academic year (paid June 1, 2015) and a $1,000 stipend for the summer 15 work and October Summit presentation which serves as a final report (paid Nov. 1, 2015). 

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