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. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is an emerging movement of scholarly thought and action that draws on the reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning at the post-secondary level (Boyer, 1990). 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 2021
Online: June 7 – July 13, 2021
Zoom sessions: Tuesdays June 8, 15, 22, 29 & July 13, from 1 – 2 p.m.

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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 (June 8 – 14): Introduction and Opening Circle Dialogue

Zoom Session: Tuesday, June 8 (1 – 2 p.m.)

Online Activity: None

Week 2 (June 15 – 21): SoTL Research

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

Online Activity: Discussion post: Introduction to current scholarship in teaching and learning (Due June 18, 2021)

Week 3 (June 22 – 28): Ethics in SoTL

Zoom Session: Tuesday, June 22 (1 – 2 p.m.)

Online Activity: None

Week 4 (June 29 – July 5): Capstone Week 1: Draft Proposal

Zoom Session: Tuesday, June 29 (1 – 2 p.m.)

Online Activity: First draft of scholarly inquiry project proposal draft based on the University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants framework (Due July 2, 2021)

Week 5 (July 6 – 12): Capstone Week 2: Peer Feedback and Revision

Zoom session: No Zoom this week

Online activity: Provide feedback on at least one other proposal (Due July 12, 2021)

Week 6 (July 13): Closing Circle Dialogue

Zoom session: Tuesday, July 13 (1 – 2 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.