Inquiry and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning

Engage in interdisciplinary conversations about learning-centred inquiry and scholarship in teaching and learning. You will consider your teaching and learning context and critically explore general and discipline-specific teaching and learning scholarship.

Course description

In this course we will engage in interdisciplinary conversations about learning-centered inquiry and scholarship in teaching and learning. Participants will be invited to consider their teaching and learning context and to critically explore social responsibilities in SOTL, teacher/student identities as well as general and discipline-specific teaching and learning scholarship. Using the University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants framework and criteria, participants will develop a scholarly inquiry project proposal based on a question meaningful to both their own and/or broader societal context. In addition, rigorous scholarly inquiry will be supported as participants give and receive structured feedback on each other’s proposals. This course will incorporate Zoom sessions as well as asynchronous online components and both individual and collaborative activities to support flexible, authentic learning opportunities.

Course dates and times

Term: Spring 2022
Online: May 24 – June 28, 2022
Zoom sessions: Tuesdays from 1 – 2:15 p.m. (75 min)
May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 28

Registration is open until May 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT.

Please note: The registration form will close when the course is full, so register early!

You will learn to

  • Critically examine current scholarship in teaching and learning
  • Engage in conversations about teaching and learning with colleagues from a range of disciplinary backgrounds
  • Identify key teaching and learning issues/questions in their own context
  • Develop a scholarly inquiry project proposal based on one of their identified questions
  • Provide structured feedback on others’ inquiry proposals

Online course schedule


Week 1 (May 24 – 30): Introduction and Opening Circle Dialogue

Zoom Session: Tuesday, May 24 (1 – 2:15 p.m.)

Online Activity: None

Week 2 (May 31 – June 6): Teaching and Learning Research

Zoom Session: Tuesday, May 31 (1 – 2:15 p.m.)

Online Activity: Discussion post: Disciplinary research question

Week 3 (June 7 – 13): Ethical Mindset in Teaching and Learning Research and Scholarship

Zoom Session: Tuesday, June 7 (1 – 2:15 p.m.)

Online Activity: Discussion post: Ethical considerations

Week 4 (June 14 – 20): Capstone Week 1: Draft Proposal Components

Zoom Session: Tuesday, June 14 (1 – 2:15 p.m.)

Online Activity: Discussion post: First draft proposal components (Due June 20)

Week 5 (June 21 – 27): Capstone Week 2: Peer Feedback and Revisions

Zoom session: No Zoom this week

Online activity: Discussion post: Peer feedback (Due June 27)

Week 6 (June 28): Closing Circle Dialogue

Zoom session: Tuesday, June 28 (1 – 2:15 p.m.)

Online activity: None


Our approach

This course aims to build a critical, scholarly, and collaborative learning environment among its participants by using a dialogical learning format and creating space for peer engagement and review. During the course, participants will engage in group discussions, have time to reflect and write, engage in active individual and collective learning opportunities, and provide one another with informal and structured feedback. Online learning opportunities might include activities such as reviewing various media (e.g., video or audio material), participating on discussion boards, engaging in critical dialogue and sharing and reviewing work.