Senior SOTL Scholar Learning Community Projects
Experienced SOTL scholars will be selected to design and complete a teaching and learning inquiry.
2014-2015 Commissioned Senior SOTL Scholars Projects
- Enhancing First-Year Student Learning in the Second Semester
- Well-Being and Academic Life: Relationship of Student Learning to Instructor Well-Being
2012-2014 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 investigated 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 included a pair of online essays at the beginning and end of selected USP Quest I courses. Each participating instructor administered the essays as part of the class assignments, and students consented to releasing their blinded essays to the researchers for analysis. Rubrics were used to evaluate the content of the essays and a comparison of pre-test to post-test scores has been performed to assess changes in understanding. Results will be presented at the fall SOTL Scholars Showcase, Oct.1, 2014, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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).