The SoTL Advocate

Supporting efforts to make public the reflection and study of teaching and learning at Illinois State University and beyond…

About The SoTL Advocate

Thank you for visiting The SoTL Advocate!

During the fall semester of 2014, the Office of the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University (ISU) established this weblog to highlight SoTL and to encourage discussion within the SoTL community on various topics of interest to those working in SoTL at ISU and beyond. Since then, over 11,000 viewers have visited this blog!

The SoTL Advocate, edited by Jennifer Friberg (Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL) invites those interested in SoTL to subscribe to this blog for weekly notices of new posts and updates. To date, The SoTL Advocate has published original opinion papers about the field of SoTL, shared SoTL resources and tips, and informed readers about SoTL workshops, conference, and experiences (click here to be redirected to recent blog posts). Some posts are targeted to members of the ISU community but of interest to the broader SoTL community are the following blog post categories of The SoTL Advocate:

  • Reports & Opinions representing invited posts from SoTL researchers describing their projects, methods, opinions, tips/strategies or other aspects of their SoTL work and experience, or the SoTL field more generally.
  • SoTL to Inform Scholarly Teaching, in which practical outcomes and applications from SoTL projects are shared to support the work of course instructors and others seeking an evidence-base for their course design and implementation or changes to programs.
  • Resource Sharing featuring links to websites, articles, and/or various media for readers to support their SoTL efforts.

The editor of the SoTL Advocate welcomes submissions of possible guest posts to the blog. Two members of The SoTL Advocate editorial team will review submissions, for appropriateness and quality. Submissions should be MS Word files of 500-800 words and be sent, via email, to We welcome blog submissions representing a wide variety of viewpoints, perspectives, and ideas — SoTL is a “big tent” and this blog aims to honor that tradition!

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