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Where Can My SoTL Be Published? A Focus on Business-Related Disciplines

Written by: Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Illinois State University

 This week is the third installment in the series that started in February with the question “where can my SoTL be published?” This week, the spotlight is on SoTL publication outlets for business-related fields such as: accounting, business administration, business information, business education, finance, insurance, international business, management, marketing, and economics.

The list below presents links for SoTL-friendly business journals, organized by discipline. Each link is accompanied by a brief description of each journal’s aim/scope/mission (often excerpted verbatim from each journal’s website). I hope you find this list helpful and would encourage readers of the blog to suggest additions to this list!

Journal Name Aim/Scope/Mission of Journal (excerpted, sometimes verbatim, from journal websites)
Accounting
Accounting Education Accounting Education is a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to publishing research-based papers on key aspects of accounting education and training of relevance to practitioners, academics, trainers, students and professional bodies, particularly papers dealing with the effectiveness of accounting education or training.
Global Perspectives on Accounting Education No aims/mission/scope were provided on the journal website.
Issues in Accounting Education The mission of Issues in Accounting Education is to publish research, commentaries, instructional resources, and book reviews that assist accounting faculty in teaching and that address important issues in accounting education. Issues of the journal consists of two major sections: Research and Commentary and Instructional Resources.
Journal of Accounting Education The Journal of Accounting Education is a refereed journal dedicated to promoting and publishing research on accounting education issues and to improving the quality of accounting education worldwide. The Journal provides a vehicle for making results of empirical studies available to educators and for exchanging ideas, instructional resources, and best practices that help improve accounting education.
Business Administration/Information
Business Education & Accreditation Business Education & Accreditation publishes high-quality articles in all areas of business education, curriculum, educational methods, educational administration, advances in educational technology and accreditation. Theoretical, empirical and applied manuscripts are welcome for publication consideration.
Business Education Forum Business Education Forum is a professional journal, written by practitioners, for practitioners. Articles published in the Forum aim to interest teachers in the field of business education and improve learning for students by making teaching more effective and creative.
International Journal for Business Education The purpose of IJBE is to provide international business educators with articles concerning current and/or future teaching strategies as they relate to business education, research-based articles on business education and technology ideas for business education. The focus can be from any area of business education including technology, communications, leadership, management, marketing, etc. that will be of interest to international business educators.
Journal for Global Business Administration The Journal for Global Business Education is a refereed publication of the United States chapter of the International Society for Business Education (ISBE). The U.S. Chapter is one of multiple chapters of the Société pour l’Enseignment Commercial (SIEC). These chapters represent different countries that are engaged in education for international business.

Submitted manuscripts should focus on International Business and may include reviews of literature, research, teaching methodologies, and other appropriate options.

Journal of Applied Research for Business Administration No aim/scope/mission listed on the journal website.
Journal of Business Ethics Education The Journal of Business Ethics Education seeks to publish educational materials suitable for use in ethics courses or in other business courses where ethical issues are discussed. These include case studies, lecture articles for student use, articles and ethical analyses for instructors, role-playing material, syllabi and curricula, and downloadable software or audio/visual material. There is a particular emphasis on approaches that encourage student participation as opposed to passive learning.
Journal of Education for Business The Journal of Education for Business features basic and applied research-based articles in entrepreneurship, accounting, communications, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and other business disciplines. Articles report successful innovations in teaching and curriculum development at the college and postgraduate levels. Authors address changes in today’s business world and in the business professions that are fundamentally influencing the competencies that business graduates need.
Journal of Entrepreneurship Education The Journal of Entrepreneurship Education publishes theoretical or empirical works in entrepreneurship education and training.
Journal of International Business Education The mission of the Journal of International Business Education is to enhance education in international business worldwide through the publication of high quality refereed teaching materials, articles on key developments in teaching methods and technologies, and new institutional frameworks for international business education.
Economics & Finance
Journal of Economic Education The Journal of Economic Education offers original articles on teaching economics. In its pages, leading scholars evaluate innovations in teaching techniques, materials, and programs. Instructors of introductory through graduate level economics will find the journal an indispensable resource for content and pedagogy in a variety of media.
Journal of Economics and Finance Education The Journal of Economics and Finance Education (JEFE) is a general interest publication, which targets articles in the area of economic and finance education. JEFE invites economic and finance contributions in three main areas: research, instruction, and content. The journal encourages empirical and methodological contributions and will entertain theoretical articles in some instances.
Journal of Financial Education The Journal of Financial Education is devoted to promoting financial education through publication of articles that focus on educational research, creative pedagogy, and curriculum development. We publish articles that help improve the delivery of financial education through research that tests hypotheses regarding all aspects of the educational process, pedagogical papers that offer interesting or unique approaches to teaching, case studies, and literature reviews.  In particular, we strive to tie educational ideas and innovations discussed in the journal to assurance of learning principles whenever possible.
International Business
Journal of Teaching in International Business The Journal of Teaching in International Business instructs international business educators, curriculum developers, and institutions of higher education worldwide on methods and techniques for better teaching to ensure a global mindset and optimum, cost-effective learning in international business. This journal contains original, significant, scholarly, and applied articles that: say something meaningful to international business curriculum developers; use empirical data and analysis to show the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching international business; enrich and make more effective the classroom presentations of teachers of international business; facilitate research endeavors of international business consultants, researchers, business education foundations, and institutions of higher learning.
Management
Academy of Management Learning & Education AMLE examines pressing issues in the fields of management learning and education by presenting theory, models, research, critiques, dialogues and retrospectives that address the learning process and the practice of management education. Its audience includes scholars, educators, program directors and deans at academic institutions, as well as practitioners in training and development and corporate education.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education The Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education is a peer-reviewed journal of the Decision Sciences Institute. Its mission is to publish significant research relevant to teaching, learning, and education in the decision sciences – quantitative and behavioral approaches to managerial decision making. The journal welcomes submissions relevant to the application and practice of the decision sciences both in business and other domains such as, but not limited to, healthcare, product development, and engineering management.
International Journal of Management Education The International Journal of Management Education provides a forum for scholarly reporting and discussion of developments in all aspects of teaching and learning in business and management. The Journal seeks reflective papers which bring together pedagogy and theories of management learning; descriptions of innovative teaching which include critical reflection on implementation and outcomes will also be considered.
Journal of Management Education Journal of Management Education (JME), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, is a leading voice in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in management. JME welcomes contributions from all management educators who seek to reflect on their professional practice and to engage readers in an exploration of what or how to teach in order for students to learn and practice effective management.
Management Learning Management Learning, the ‘Journal for Critical, Reflexive Scholarship on Organization and Learning’, is a fully peer-reviewed international journal publishing original theoretical, empirical and exploratory articles on learning and knowing in management and organizations.
Marketing
Journal of Marketing Education Journal of Marketing Education (JMD) provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and experiences related to educating students of marketing and advertising. JMD is the leading peer-reviewed, international scholarly journal publishing articles on the latest techniques in marketing education, emphasizing new course content, effective teaching methods, and professional issues.
Marketing Education Review Marketing Education Review is a great resource for instructors to find innovative, assessment-driven tools and techniques to improve classroom instruction and the student learning experience. Its focus is to promote innovative approaches to curriculum design, student learning and faculty development.

 


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Where Can My SoTL Be Published? A Focus on Health-Related Disciplines

Written by: Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Illinois State University

In February of this year, a blog was posted to address the question “where can my SoTL be published?” That blog provided a list of cross-/multi-/inter-disciplinary SoTL publication outlets for SoTL research to be published. A promise was made at that time that future blogs would focus on disciplinary SoTL publication outlets. I will make good on that promise today and over the next several weeks!

The focus this week is SoTL publication outlets in health-related disciplines, including: speech-language pathology/audiology, dentistry, psychiatry, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and medicine. The list below presents cross-disciplinary health care journals as well as journals specific to research on teaching and learning in individual disciplines. Links for each journal are provided along with a brief description of each journal’s aim/scope/mission (often excerpted verbatim from each journal’s website).

I hope you find this list helpful and would encourage readers of the blog to suggest additions to this list!

Cross-Disciplinary Publication Outlets:

Journal Name Aim/Scope/Mission of Journal

(excerpted, sometimes verbatim, from journal websites)

Advances in Health Science Education Advances in Health Sciences Education (AHSE) is a forum for scholarly and state-of-the art research into all aspects of health sciences education. It will publish empirical studies as well as discussions of theoretical issues and practical implications. The primary focus of the Journal is linking theory to practice, thus priority will be given to papers that have a sound theoretical basis and strong methodology. AHSE will accept articles on topics such as admissions, problem-based and self-directed learning, faculty development, achievement testing, motivation, curriculum development, curricular comparisons, program evaluation, expertise development, clinical reasoning, continuing education, community-based education, and communication skills (the list is intended as illustrative, not exhaustive).
The Clinical Teacher The Clinical Teacher is the journal for clinicians who teach and people who are involved in education in a health care setting. It provides access to research, practice and thinking in clinical education across the health professions. Each issue features sections on specific teaching approaches, reports and evaluation of innovative learning activities, a digest of the latest research published in Medical Education and other relevant journals, reports of innovative thinking and advances in clinical teaching from around the world, and expert commentary and discussion on challenging and controversial issues in today’s clinical education.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Gerontology & Geriatrics Education is a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the exchange of information related to research, curriculum development, course and program evaluation, classroom and practice innovation, and other topics with educational implications for gerontology and geriatrics. It is designed to appeal to a broad range of readers, including faculty, students, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers and is dedicated to disseminating cutting edge and evidence-based knowledge in the field of gerontology and geriatrics education.
Medical Education Medical Education seeks to be the pre-eminent journal in the field of education for health care professionals, and publishes material of the highest quality, reflecting world-wide or provocative issues and perspectives. The journal welcomes high quality papers on all aspects of health professional education including undergraduate education, postgraduate training, continuing professional development, and interprofessional education.
Medical Teacher Medical Teacher, the journal of the Association for Medical Education in Europe, addresses the needs of teachers and administrators involved in training for the health professions. This includes courses at basic and post-basic levels as well as the increasingly important area of continuing education. Medical Teacher provides accounts of new teaching methods, guidance on structuring courses and assessing achievement, and serves as a forum for communication between medical teachers and those involved in general education. The journal features reports of innovation and research in medical education, case studies, survey articles, practical guidelines, reviews of current literature and book reviews. All articles are peer reviewed.

 

Discipline-Specific Publication Outlets:

Journal Name Aim/Scope/Mission of Journal

(excerpted, sometimes verbatim, from journal websites)

Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology)
Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders (TLCSD) publishes articles that reflect current and exemplary scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research in speech-language pathology and audiology. Articles submitted to TLCSD may also reflect current trends in the format of SoTL work, including original research, quantitative or qualitative in nature, reflective essays and case studies, both grounded in the literature. Manuscripts related to teaching and learning in continuing education contexts as well as in higher education will be considered.
Dental Care
Journal of Dental Education The Journal of Dental Education (JDE) is a peer-reviewed monthly journal that publishes a wide variety of educational and scientific research in dental, allied dental and advanced dental education. JDE publishes articles on such topics as curriculum reform, education research methods, innovative educational and assessment methodologies, faculty development, community-based dental education, student recruitment and admissions, professional and educational ethics, dental education around the world and systematic reviews of educational interest.
Medicine
Academic Medicine Academic Medicine serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and strategies to address the major challenges facing the academic medicine community as it strives to carry out its missions in the public interest. The journal’s areas of focus include: education and training issues; health and science policy; institutional policy, management, and values; research practice; and clinical practice in academic settings.
Advances in Physiology Education Advances in Physiology Education promotes and disseminates educational scholarship in order to enhance teaching and learning of physiology, neuroscience and pathophysiology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed descriptions of innovations that improve teaching in the classroom and laboratory, essays on education, and review articles based on our current understanding of physiological mechanisms.
Anatomical Sciences Education Anatomical Sciences Education provides an international forum for the exchange of ideas, opinions, innovations and research on topics related to education in the anatomical sciences of gross anatomy, embryology, histology, and neurosciences at all levels of anatomical sciences education including, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, allied health, medical (both allopathic and osteopathic), and dental.
Teaching and Learning in Medicine Teaching and Learning in Medicine (TLM) is an international, peer-reviewed forum for scholarly investigation of teaching and learning in medical education. Its mission is to advance the knowledge, understanding, and decision making capacity of medical educators through the dissemination of the highest levels of scholarship. TLM ’s scope includes all levels of medical education, from premedical to postgraduate and continuing medical education.
Nursing
Journal of Nursing Education The Journal of Nursing Education is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original articles and new ideas for nurse educators in various types and levels of nursing programs for over 50 years. The Journal enhances the teaching-learning process, promotes curriculum development, and stimulates creative innovation and research in nursing education.
Journal of Professional Nursing The Journal of Professional Nursing accepts articles that focus on baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education, educational research, policy related to education, and education and practice partnerships. Reports of original work, research, reviews, insightful descriptions, and policy papers focusing on baccalaureate and graduate nursing education will be published.
Nutrition
Journal of Food Science Education JFSE is aimed at all those committed to the improvement of food science education, including primary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate, continuing, and workplace education. Topics covered include problem-based learning and innovative learning techniques, development of teachers and students, innovative laboratory exercised, and interpersonal and human relationship development of students.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) is a refereed, scientific periodical that serves as a global resource for all professionals with an interest in nutrition education; nutrition and physical activity behavior theories and intervention outcomes; complementary and alternative medicine related to nutrition behaviors; food environment; food, nutrition, and physical activity communication strategies including technology; nutrition-related economics; food safety education; and scholarship of learning related to these areas.
Occupational Therapy
Journal of Occupational Therapy Education JOTE seeks to ensure that pedagogical practices in occupational therapy and occupational science are grounded in research, and evaluated for impact and effectiveness. JOTE encourages occupational therapy educators to share viable theoretical frameworks, innovative educational methods, and new knowledge to support best practice. JOTE welcomes a variety of topics for submission, including original research, theory, educational innovations, review of educational material, and technology updates.
Optometry/Ophthalmology
Journal of Academic Opthalmology No aims/scope listed for journal but current issue articles appear to be related to SoTL.
Journal of Optometric Education The goal of the Journal is to embrace and support scholarly achievements for the advancement of optometric education and the profession. The scope of the Journal supports a broad interpretation of scholarship based on the scholarship of discovery, integration, application and teaching.
Physical Therapy
Journal of Physical Therapy Education The Journal of Physical Therapy Education advances the scholarship of physical therapy education by disseminating scholarly works of discovery, application, and integration and enriches physical therapy academic and clinical education environments by using evidence into the educational decision-making process to effectively prepare students, support faculty and clinicians, and inform administrators.
Psychiatry
Academic Psychiatry The Journal’s mission supports work that furthers knowledge and stimulates evidence-based advances in academic medicine in six key domains: education, leadership, finance and administration, career and professional development, ethics and professionalism, and health and well-being. Original articles present empirical research, systematic reviews, or critical analyses that inform one of these six key domains, important to academic psychiatry, behavioral sciences, and the health professions.
Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory Care Education Annual The Respiratory Care Education Annual is published each fall. This refereed journal is committed to providing a forum for research and theory in respiratory care education. The Respiratory Care Education Annual showcases scholarly work within the educational community to promote best practices and research in respiratory care education.
Social Work
Journal of Social Work Education The Journal of Social Work Education is a refereed professional journal concerned with education in social work and social welfare. Its purpose is to serve as a forum for creative exchange on trends, innovations, and problems relevant to social work education at the undergraduate, master’s, and postgraduate levels.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work Through articles focusing on the teacher, the teaching process, and new contexts of teaching, the Journal of Teaching in Social Work is a forum for teaching and learning processes and the factors affecting their quality. Articles that focus on the teacher, the teaching process, the learner, and the learning process, as well as new contexts of teaching are considered for publication in the journal. Special attention is given to: field work teaching; in-service training; teaching aids and technologies; policy concerns that have an impact on the educational process.

 


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New Volume of Gauisus Published

The fifth volume of Gauisus, ISU’s internal, multimedia SoTL publication was published today. This volume features the work of 26 Redbirds (13 faculty and 13 students) across six departments/schools. Work in this volume is organized into two tracks: SoTL Research and Scholarly Approaches to Teaching. The Scholarly Approaches to Teaching track is new to this volume and represents an effort to highlight application of SoTL research to inform decision-making. Abstracts and hyperlinks for each article can be found below.

The call for Volume 6 of Gauisus is now open. Past volumes of Gauisus can be accessed here. Happy reading!

 

TRACK: SoTL Research
Math Anxiety Among First-Year Graduate Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Jamie Mahurin Smith • Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Students in allied health fields use math for a variety of tasks in their classes and in the field. Math anxiety can interfere with completion of these tasks; no published reports describe the prevalence or extent of math anxiety in this population. Two cohorts of first-year graduate students in communication sciences and disorders (CSD; n = 73) used the modified Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Survey to evaluate their own math ability and math anxiety. For many of the survey items, a strongly bimodal response pattern was observed. Across both cohorts, one group of students felt confident and competent with regard to math-related tasks, while another group reported anxiety and doubt. The presence of strongly divergent feelings about course material may present challenges for instructors and students alike. Potential responses are discussed.
Acquiring Global Competencies at Illinois State University
Maria Schmeeckle, Editor • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Our “Senior Experience” research capstone class sought to answer the following question: “What types of global competencies are college seniors acquiring at Illinois State University, and what school-sponsored experiences allow them to acquire these competencies?” To answer this, our team of nine students conducted 30 semi-structured interviews with a diverse group of students in their senior year at Illinois State University. We focused on seven competencies identified by ISU’s Office of International Studies and Programs: Critical Cosmopolitanism, Social Cohesion, Cultural Sensitivity, Social Responsibility, Intercultural Communication, Bilingualism, and Global Dexterity. We found that almost all of our participating seniors perceived that they had acquired some degree of the seven global competencies and found them to be important for their lives. Interview participants reported the highest exposure to cultural sensitivity, social responsibility, and intercultural communication, and the lowest exposure to bilingualism. Within course-related activities, classes and professors appeared to be the best sources of global competency development. Within non-course-related activities, student organizations were mentioned the most often. In their final reflections, the research team suggested that the university make greater efforts to help students realize that they are acquiring global competencies, which are tangible skills in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.
The student researchers collaborated on all aspects of the research process, including refining research questions, reading and synthesizing the literature, developing the interview guide, conducting interviews, transcribing and analyzing the interviews, summarizing the findings, and connecting findings back to related studies and ISU’s internationalization efforts. In alphabetical order, the student researchers were: Jonathan Aguirre, Michael Drake, Felicia Kopec, Alicia Ramos, Shelby Stork, Stacy Strickler, Erin Sullivan, Annie Taylor, and Melisa Trout.
Improving the Graduate Student Experience thought Out-of-Class Experiences
Rebecca AchenSchool of Kinesiology and Recreation
Clint WarrenSchool of Kinesiology and Recreation
Hannah JorichSchool of Kinesiology and Recreation
Amanda FazzariSchool of Kinesiology and Recreation
Ken Thorne
 • School of Kinesiology and Recreation
This study evaluated student experiences and learning outcomes related to the professional field trip, which is designed to encourage connection between students and improve professional skills. Twenty-two graduate students attended the trip to Milwaukee, WI, where they participated in a networking event with industry professionals, toured an arena and Marquette athletics, and attended a baseball game. The trip was evaluated using pre- and post-trip surveys, a focus group, and interviews with professionals that the students interacted with. Results suggested the trip met students’ expectations, improved their connection to their cohort, clarified their professional goals, and improved their networking skills.
Using Simulations to Improve Interprofessional Communication and Role Identification between Nursing Student and Child Life Specialist Students
Peggy Jacobs• Mennonite College of Nursing
Sheri KellyMennonite College of Nursing
Keri Edwards • Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Lynn Kennell Mennonite College of Nursing
Cindy Malinowski Mennonite College of Nursing
Based on Recommendations by the World Health Organization to improve patient outcomes through teamwork and communication, the college of nursing collaborated with the child life specialist program to incorporate interprofessional collaboration into existing simulations. A quasi-experimental design with a pre and post-test regarding roles was used to discover how 3rd semester undergraduate nursing students and 3rd semester graduate child life specialist students (CSL) communicate during four simulated pediatric care scenarios. Consenting to participate were 49 nursing students and 4 CLS students.  The intervention group included a CLS. Videotaped simulations and audio taped debriefings were evaluated with the validated Interprofessional Collaborator Assessment Rubric (ICAR). Significant differences were found in communication and collaborative patient family approach. Nursing students showed greater growth in role understanding of the CLS (pre-13.69, post-14.13) compared to the CLS of the nursing role (pre-8.6, post-9.4).  Students recognized the need to continue to improve their teamwork and communication.
Challenging Pre-Service Teachers; Evolutionary Acceptance in Introductory Biology
Rachel Sparks• School of Biological Sciences
Rebekka Darner Gougis• School of Biological Sciences
In this study, we examine the efficacy of an instructional intervention on pre-service teachers’ acceptance of evolutionary theory. We used diagnostic question clusters with ORCAS (Open-ended questioning, student Responses, Contradictory claims, Assessment of contradictions, and Summary) discourse to elicit students’ prior knowledge and compel evaluation of claims with evidence. Pre-and post-instruction evolutionary acceptance, nature-of-science understanding, and conceptual knowledge about evolution were measured qualitatively and quantitatively, indicating the instructional treatment was effective in fostering acceptance and understanding of evolution. We discuss implications for further research and preparing pre-service teachers for teaching evolution concepts.
TRACK: Scholarly Approaches to Teaching
Exploring the Designed Environment and Human Behavior Course
Taneshia West AlbertDepartment of Family and Consumer Sciences
Miyoung HongCollege of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Core competencies such as analytical skills, content knowledge, and awareness of human behavior set the foundation for learning among emerging interior design professionals. A human behavior course is the perfect medium to synchronize these ideas in the context of interior design challenges. Presently, significant gaps exist regarding the pedagogical approaches that prepare interior design students to integrate these skills into innovative design solutions. This paper discusses how objectives identified through the literature review influence the creation of lecture activities, project assignments, and student assessment to meet each identified objective. The authors offer respective strategies for building the course curricula.


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New Funding Opportunities for ISU SoTLists!

The Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University is accepting applications for two grant programs: FY18 University Research Grants and FY17 Summer Mini Grants. Information related to each of these funding programs can be accessed via the Cross Chair website. An overview is provided for each program below. Contact Jennifer Friberg (jfribe@ilstu.edu) with questions.

FY18 University Research Grants:

The Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning requests proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning URG Grant Program. The program provides scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) small grants to study the developmental and learning outcomes of ISU students. For 2017-2018, funded projects can focus on the systematic study/reflection of any teaching-learning issue(s) explicitly related ISU students.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Funds may be used for any appropriate budget category (e.g., printing, commodities, contractual, travel, student help, and salary in FY18). While 4-5 grants are expected to be awarded, all awards are subject to the availability of funds allocated for FY18. Proposals should be submitted by 5/22/17.

urg summer

FY 17 Summer Mini Grants:

The Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning requests proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning URG Grant Program. The program provides scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) small grants to study the developmental and learning outcomes of ISU students. This funding program will award six mini-grants of $600 each to ISU faculty via a competitive application process. These funds will be awarded as a June 2017 stipend for work on a new or ongoing SoTL project at any stage of completion (e.g., writing an IRB, analyzing data, writing up findings). Proposals should be submitted by April 24, 2017.

mini summer


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IRB Brown Bag Recap: A Focus on Risks/Benefits and Clarity of Proposals

Written by Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University

Last Friday, 2/24/17, the Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL at Illinois State University hosted a 90-minute brown bag session to address questions about IRB construction for SoTL research. This session was co-hosed by Jen Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair and Alycia Hund (IRB Chair and Professor of Psychology) and was intended to address common issues and questions of faculty in a conversational and facilitative manner. While the Cross Chair’s office has posted guidance for Frequently Asked IRB Questions and has provided sample documents for IRB proposals, and Reseach and Sponsored Programs has provided enhanced guidance for using IRBNet and for proposal preparation and submission, this brown bag offered an opportunity for faculty to engage in dialogue that was helpful to all in attendance in clarifying a variety of facts. Most guidance was provided in the areas of risk/benefit and clarity of IRB proposals.

The following is a list of considerations discussed at this brown bag. While these are most applicable to ISU faculty and students as they align with IRB processes specific to our university, many will be important to individuals drafting an IRB for SoTL research at any institution:

  1. Risks and benefits are important to identify and acknowledge:
  • Make sure to acknowledge all real risks to all participants in your study. Most commonly, these will include coercion and threats to anonymity/confidentiality, employability, and/or reputation. Less frequently, threats to participants can include psychological distress or discomforts. Completely acknowledging any of these threats that can apply up front will ensure a stronger submission to the IRB.
  • Likewise, benefits to all participants can and should be addressed in a manner that balances any inherent risks that are a part of your study. It is acceptable if there are no direct benefits to the students in your SoTL study if there are minimal risks. Accordingly, if there are greater than minimal risks to students, then there should be some sort of benefit. Remember, compensation is NOT a benefit for participating in a study. Benefits identified can (and arguably should) include any impacts to future students as well as the program/department/discipline.
  • Another consideration related to risks and benefits: while many faculty seek to evaluate outcomes of an assignment/project in a course, the risks/benefits discussed in the IRB to study these outcomes relate to the research, not the assignment/project. It is the involvement in the SoTL study, rather than participation in the assignment/project. Thus, these risks/benefits should be the focus in any IRB.
  • There is some uncertainty as to whether anonymity is even truly possible. If you report that your data will be anonymous, detail CLEARLY how this will be the case. Any threats to anonymity or confidentiality need to be disclosed in informed consent documents.
  1. Clarity of IRB proposals is often a concern:
  • Often times, when SoTL IRBs are sent to full review, it is because there is a lack of clarity in the description of the research. Make sure that you clearly define your research in terms of your overview, aims, methods, recruitment, data to be collected, etc. Spell out a clear plan that explains how your data will be used, how it will be shared, and who will be at risk/benefit.
  • Often, IRB reviewers have a difficult time following the “players” in a SoTL project. Keep your labels consistent. For instance, don’t refer to students as “students,” “participants,” “subjects,” “consentees,” etc. all at the same time. Pick one label and stick with it for consistency. Don’t be afraid to use names for clarity, particularly for the PI, any co-PIs, consenters, and/or instructors of record (if different than PI/co-PI).


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Where Can My SoTL Be Published?

Written by Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University

By far, the most frequent question I’m asked by faculty at Illinois State University who are interested in SoTL is “if I do this sort of project, where can my SoTL be published?” It’s a great question in light of the need to share our SoTL work in order for it to be…well, SoTL. While there are numerous venues to present and share SoTL informally across disciplines, many faculty are interested in traditional publication outlets to share their work with others for a variety of reasons (e.g., disciplinary value placed on journal publication). I have to believe that this question is not isolated to faculty at my institution!

While ISU’s SoTL website has always featured a great list of SoTL publication outlets, I’ve been working on updating this list and providing additional information related to aims and scope for each of these journals. These updates will be completed shortly and the URL will be updated here upon their completion. Until then, here’s what I’ve been working on in table format: a list of currently publishing SoTL-friendly journals, with hyperlinks and brief descriptions of the aims/scope for each journal. Please note that this initial effort focuses ONLY on cross- or multi-disciplinary SoTL journals. Look for a similar list/table for separate disciplines in the future!

I hope you find this summary useful. Please feel free to suggest other outlets that I may have left off this list in error in the comments section below.

Journal Name Aim/Scope/Description of Journal

(excerpted, sometimes verbatim, from websites)

Academic Exchange Quarterly Academic Exchange Quarterly welcomes submissions that contribute to effective instruction and learning regardless of level or subjects. We welcome papers derived from doctoral study, presented at conference/symposium/workshop, or original research conducted under a grant or fellowship.
Active Learning in Higher Education Active Learning in Higher Education is an international, refereed publication for all those who teach and support learning in Higher Education and those who undertake or use research into effective learning, teaching and assessment in universities and colleges. The journal has an objective of improving the status of teaching and learning support as professional activity and embraces academic practice across all curriculum areas in higher education.
Assessment Update Assessment Update is dedicated to covering the latest developments in the rapidly evolving area of higher education assessment. Assessment Update offers all academic leaders up-to-date information and practical advice on conducting assessments in a range of areas, including student learning and outcomes, faculty instruction, academic programs and curricula, student services, and overall institutional functioning.
College Teaching College Teaching provides an interdisciplinary academic forum on issues in teaching and learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. The journal publishes three kinds of articles. Regular, full-length articles of up to 5,000 words reporting scholarship on teaching methods, educational technologies, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, and other instructional practices that have significance beyond a single discipline. Full-length articles also describe innovative courses and curricula, faulty development programs, and contemporary developments. Quick Fix articles, up to 500 words, present techniques for addressing common classroom problems. Commentaries, up to 1,200 words, provide thoughtful reflections on teaching.
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Considering a SoTL Conference This Year?

Compiled by Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University

SoTL conferences are a wonderful experience for those interested in the scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. In the years I’ve attended such conferences, I have found SoTL folks to be welcoming, collaborative, and interesting. SoTL conferences are also quite facilitative – folks talk about big and small ideas in the sort of commons that Hutchings and Huber (2005, p.1) describe as:

“… a conceptual space in which communities of educators committed to inquiry and innovation come together to exchange ideas about teaching and learning and use them to meet the challenges of educating students.”

What can we look forward to in the upcoming year? Are calls for papers still open? Where can you get more information? Hopefully the following table with selected conferences will help answer some of these questions! Additional conference opportunities/ information can be found here on the ISU SoTL website. Happy planning!

Conference (with link to site) Conference Dates Location Call for Papers?
SoTL Commons March 29-31, 2017 Savannah, Georgia, USA Closed
Midwest Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference April 7, 2017 South Bend, Indiana, USA Closed
2017 Learning Conference: Engaging Every Learner May 3-4, 2017 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Open through 2/28/17
SoTL Conference May 15-16, 2017 Tiffin, Ohio, USA Opened on 1/25/17 (no end date specified)
Lilly International Conference: Evidence-Based Teaching June 1-4, 2017 Bethesda, Maryland, USA Open through 2/15/17
EuroSoTL June 8-9, 2017 Lund, Sweden Closed
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education June 20-23, 2017 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Closed
Teaching History in Higher Education Conference ** September 13-14, 2017 London, United Kingdom  
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) conference October 11-14, 2017 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Open through March 15, 2017
POD Conference (for professional developers) October 25-29, 2017 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Not yet open

**This is the only disciplinary conference on teaching and learning that I have featured here. I’d like to add more to my website (and in future blogs), so please comment below if you know of other conferences that might be interesting to include on future conference lists! Many thanks!

 

Blog Reference:

Hutchings, P. & Muber, M. T. (2005). Building the teaching commons. Carnegie Foundation for                the Advancement of Teaching.