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A Journal of the the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Sunday October 26, 2008 Edition

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By Lori Carrell

During the last two years, our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative transitioned into the Center for Scholarly Teaching.  That transition included:

 

  • Renovating space in the Pollock Alumni House to provide room for the Center
  • Transitioning funding from external grants to institutional support
  • Establishing vision, goals, structure, programming and services

 

Our Grand Opening was held September 07, with programming and new structure fully operational September 08.  The UW Oshkosh CST Vision is to enhance student learning by inspiring and equipping the UW Oshkosh teaching community to achieve excellence that emanates from exceptional research. Our new structure includes a coordinator and three Provost's Scholarly Teaching Leaders, each in charge of a different component of programming.  Programming includes:

 

  • SOTL Mentor Program
  • SOTL Starter Grants and Showcase
  • SOTL Research Proposals (available through our Faculty Development Research component)
  • Scholarly Teaching Excellence through Peer Support (STEPS pilot of colleague partnerships funded to accomplish a structured process of mutual classroom inquiry and support)
  • Provost's Scholarly Teaching Leaders
  • Annual Provost's Teaching and Learning Summit
  • Dialogue groups, reading groups and workshops
  • Resource collection
  • One-on-one consultation
  • Gathering space for campus groups working on scholarly teaching endeavors

 

Programs in development include a Master Scholarly Teacher designation, incentives and service; Scholarly Teaching Peer Coaching service, and CST Lessons (an interactive teaching community).

 

This year's Provost's Teaching and Learning Summit (October 27-31) focuses upon Sharing Expectations for Student Writing and Speaking.  Check out the events of this year's Summit by clicking this link:  http://www.uwosh.edu/grants/documents/CSt%20SUmmit%20Schedule1.doc.

With this focus, we connect to learning outcomes adopted by UW Oshkosh in Spring 08 as well as a top teaching challenge (student writing) identified by faculty.  Highlights include guest speaker David Mulroy (author of The War Against Grammar) and a student speech contest on the topic, "How does speaking sustain democracy?"  Our Provost and Chancellor will serve as "celebrity" judges for that event in the student union just before the presidential elections.

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