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ISSOTL Recap

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From October 22-25, 2014, the annual meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) was held in Quebec City, Canada. Approximately 500 faculty members from all over the globe attended this conference which focused on “nurturing passion and creativity in teaching and learning.” The program for this conference can be found at the ISSOTL conference website.

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Various sessions and meetings were held for attendees:

  • Individual Papers: 200+ sessions featuring faculty presenting SoTL research in 30-minute time slots.
  • Plenary Presentations: Five sessions for all conference attendees to focus on creativity and passion in teaching and learning
  • SIG meetings: meetings for affiliates of ISSOTL’s 10 special interest groups (Advancing Undergraduate Research, Arts and Humanities, General Education, National Teaching Fellows/Teaching Award Winners, Pedagogy and Research for Online and Blended Teaching and Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Scholarship of Leading, Sociology, Students as Co-Enquirers, and Student Engagement)

One interesting feature of the plenary presentations was the “live scribing” completed by Brianna Smrke. She worked to conceptualize the content of each plenary visually, and managed to do so quite uniquely! The example below comes from George Bordage’s plenary titled, Three Lessons from Educational Psychology: Spacing, Deliberate Mixed Practice, and Formative Testing.

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ISU faculty attending and/or presenting at ISSOTL this year included Kathleen McKinney (Cross Chair in SoTL), Heidi Harbers (CSD), Jen Friberg (CSD), and Maria Moore (COM). All travel to ISSOTL was funded, in part, by the office of the Cross Chair in SoTL at ISU. Information about funding sources for travel to SoTL conferences can be found at sotl.ilstu.edu.

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