The aim of the CTL Teaching and Learning Forum is to highlight the successful teaching strategies that
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) is an idea that developed after the publication of Ernst Boyer's Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990). He described four types of research: discovery, integration, application, and teaching. SOTL came to be defined as the process in which faculty do research on their teaching, much as they do research in their discipline: formulate a question, investigate it, and then publish their results. The advantage of this approach is that it would mean that teaching could truly advance as a discipline. It could get away from "reinventing the wheel" because faculty could build on the work their peers had reported.
Here's a good article that provides an introduction to SOTL: The Scholarship of Teaching: New Elaborations, New Developments.
The Spring 2014 Schedule of Events for Faculty is now available. Included there are these upcoming CTL workshops, just click on the title to get more information and a link to registration.
Faculty Writing Retreat 5/19
* BUG is Blackboard User Group
Looking for Something New to Try This Semester?
If you are looking for something to enliven your teaching this semester, there are two old-standbys that might help. Though they've been around for some time, each of these Websites is updated regularly, so there's always new food for thought:
Tomorrow's Professor -- they have over 1,000 posts with information on a host of teaching issues.
ProfHacker -- despite the name, not all the posts on this wiki deal with technology, they've even had one on what to wear to class.
Learn about CampusGuides Software
St. John’s University Libraries subscribe to CampusGuides, a hosted web publishing service that allows users to easily create attractive and functional web sites. CampusGuides is now available for all faculty members who are interested in creating their own web sites for purposes such as:
- sharing information within an academic department
- creating course pages
- promoting new services and programs
CampusGuides supports rich text, embedded videos, RSS Feeds, Podcast Feeds, Embedded Videos, and Documents and Files, allowing for the easy creation of dynamic and engaging web content. CampusGuides is also well-suited to collaborative purposes, since individual guides can be edited by more than one person. To view guides that have been created by St. John’s University Libraries’, go to http://stjohns.campusguides.com/index.php. [In fact, you are reading this message on a CampusGuides page; the CTL endorses CampusGuides as an easy way to create and manage content!]
If you are a faculty member at St. John's and would like to create a CampusGuides site, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an account. If you have questions, email Ben Turner of the University Libraries at email@example.com.
Here are links to useful resources from the St. John's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
Updating Your Syllabus
Great Article on Great Teaching
In the Wall Street Journal of all places, there was a wonderful article on America's Top College Professors. Naomi does a wonderful job of describing the elements of excellent teaching.