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Call for papers focused on simulations as a learning tool

Special Topic Issue: Simulation and Learning

Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders (TLCSD), an open access, peer reviewed journal focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning in the disciplines of speech-language pathology and audiology, is seeking submissions for a Special Topics Issue on simulation and learning.

Submissions for this issue may reflect current trends in the use of simulations for student education and professional development. Evidence-based educational content may focus on pedagogical and/or technical aspects of the use of simulations. The editors invite manuscripts that have not been previously published and include original quantitative or qualitative SoTL work, reports of scholarly teaching, pilot studies, reflections on SoTL, and student voices.

To submit a manuscript for this special topic issue, please go to www.tlcsdjournal.com. Please note your interest in having your work appear in the special topic issue in the abstract or cover letter. Complete submissions for this special topic issue are due 12/31/19.

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Help Identify SoTL’s “Grand Challenges”

Posted by Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL at Illinois State University and co-chair of ISSoTL’s Advocacy and Outreach Committee

What do you perceive SoTL’s grand challenges to be?

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) is working to create a list of the Grand Challenges to SoTL. These teaching and learning challenges represent the wicked problems of teaching and learning that exist across institutions and disciplines. Solving these challenges should provide benefits to learners around the world.

Identification of Grand Challenges can promote greater concentration of research efforts and far-reaching collaborations, as well as increasing the likelihood of impact on policies and creation of new funding opportunities.

This survey will ask you for your ideas of what should be identified as a grand challenge for teaching and learning. You will also be asked two demographic questions. This survey is entirely voluntary and there is no penalty for not completing all or any specific questions. The entire survey will take approximately 5 minutes.

Click this link to take the survey 

By completing and submitting this survey, you are indicating your consent for participation in this project. The study is anonymous with no identifying information being collected. If you have any questions, please contact John Draeger at draegejd@buffalostate.edu. If you are unable to contact the researcher or have general questions about your rights as a participant, please contact Gina Game, IRB Administrator, Sponsored Programs Office/SUNY Buffalo State atgameg@buffalostate.edu.

Please forward this survey to colleagues, friends, and anyone interested in improving the state of higher education.


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Call for Chapters – Case Studies in Applying SoTL in Clinical Disciplines

Co-editors Jennifer C. Friberg (Illinois State University), Colleen F. Visconti (Baldwin Wallace University), and Sarah M. Ginsberg (Eastern Michigan University) invite submissions for their upcoming text: Case Studies in Evidence-Based Education: A Resource for Teaching in Clinical Professions. This text is under contract with Slack Publishers (late 2020 pub date expected).

This book will present evidence-based education case studies that support teaching in the same manner that evidence-based practice is used to support clinical practice. Case studies will describe one of two phenomena: how existing research on teaching and learning has been applied to adapt a learning context OR how course instructors have collected data and used it to inform changes to course design, content, or implementation. The key to all chapters will be the description of how research on teaching and learning can be used in the clinically-based classroom to encourage the use of evidence-based pedagogies.

After a successful first round of submissions, we are looking to round out this volume’s content with chapters on topics such as: flipped classroom processes, undergraduate research experiences, computer-based simulations, civic engagement, establishment of learning communities, use of standardized patients, ways to engage students in large/small group discussions, and innovative forms of assessment for clinical knowledge and skills. Other topics are welcome, as well.

Submissions are sought from contributors representing a wide variety of clinical disciplines including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Speech-language pathology
  • Audiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Optometry/ophthalmology
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychiatry
  • Pharmacology
  • Radiography
  • Athletic Training
  • Public Health and Health Prevention
  • Physiology

Submission Process:

Those interested in contributing to this volume should submit a one-page (maximum) manuscript overview no later than May 13, 2019 to Jennifer Friberg (jfribe@ilstu.edu). This one-page manuscript overview should describe:

  • the teaching/learning context that is the focus of the chapter
  • how original data or existing research was applied to adapt the teaching/learning context
  • ways the evidence described in your chapter could be applied to other clinically-based disciplines.

Editors will review submitted manuscript overviews and invite selected contributors to submit complete manuscripts for inclusion in this volume. A sample chapter is available for review upon request. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Friberg (jfribe@ilstu.edu).


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Illinois State University SoTL University Research Grant (FY20) Call for Proposals

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. At Illinois State University, we define SoTL as the “systematic study/reflection on teaching and learning [of our ISU students] made public.” This definition allows for research in any discipline and the use of various methodologies. The work may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and focus on class, course, program, department, cross-department, and co-curricular levels. All SoTL work must be made public and peer reviewed in some way via presentation, performance, juried show, web site, video, and/or publication.

For 2019-2020, funded projects can focus on the systematic study/reflection of any teaching-learning issue(s) explicitly related ISU students. Reports of previously funded grants (though on a variety of other topics) may be found at http://sotl.illinoisstate.edu/grants/index.shtml.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 FY20). While 4-5 grants are expected to be awarded, all awards are subject to the availability of funds allocated for FY20.

Eligibility and Requirements: All tenured and tenure-line faculty, non-tenure line faculty, faculty associates, graduate teaching assistants, and AP staff with teaching or teaching support responsibilities at Illinois State University are eligible to apply. Each proposal, however, must be from a team of at least one faculty/staff member and at least one student (graduate or undergraduate). Team members may be from the same discipline or include members from more than one discipline.

Application Requirements:The following information is required for all applications via the Office of Research and Graduate Studies internal grant site and MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019:

  1. A narrative (1500 words, maximum) addressing the first 7 bullet points below under selection criteria should be uploaded.
  2. A reference page/bibliography.
  3. An itemized budget including a budget justification (i.e., details/sources on where/how numbers were obtained and calculated).
  4. Optional appendices (e.g., draft of questionnaire or focus group questions).

Review Criteria: In addition to checking that the proposal meets all eligibility and materials requirements noted above, three faculty/staff members with expertise in SoTL will review the proposals using the following criteria.

  • Project clearly fits SoTL related to the teaching and learning of ISU students as defined above.
  • Proposal includes a brief but relevant literature review (‘theory’ and past relevant SoTL research) and how the proposed project ‘fits’ in this extant literature. (General and discipline-specific journals on college teaching-learning are available at both Milner Library and CTLT. See, also, the list at http://ilstu.libguides.com/sotl.)
  • Project uses appropriate methodology for gathering evidence to reflect on/study the teaching-learning issue or question posed, and this method is clearly described.
  • Proposal clearly discusses roles for student researcher(s) who are on the SoTL project team.
  • Project is ethically appropriate in terms of the use of human subjects and this is made explicit.
  • Proposal lists specific possibilities for presentation, performance, representation, or publication of funded scholarship.
  • Proposal contains an appropriate and detailed budget, and budget justifications including how/where budget figures were found and derived.

Acknowledgements: Acceptance of grant funding indicates agreement to fulfill these requirements.

  1. If human subjects are involved–submission of an IRB protocol form and receipt of IRB approval before starting the project (as this research will be made public);
  2. Presentation of the funded SoTL research project (in progress or completed) in any format (poster, paper, panel, video) at the CTLT Teaching-Learning Symposium held in January 2020 or January 2021;
  3. As appropriate to the discipline(s) and the project, submission of a representation of the work (e.g., article, video, web site, portfolio, poster) to a teaching newsletter, website, conference, show/competition, journal, or book by December 2020 or 2021 with a copy of that product and/or a summary report with information on the project to the Cross Chair. The submission or report will be placed on the ISU SoTL website. This can include Gauisus (ISU’s internal SoTL publication – Gauisus.weebly.com) or the SoTL Advocate (ISU’s SoTL blog – illinoisstateuniversitysotl.wordpress.com).
  4. Explicit recognition of this funding source in all presentations, publications, videos, etc. of the project (Funding source is ‘Illinois State University, Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, SoTL URG Grant Program, FY20).


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Upcoming SoTL Conferences with Open Registrations and/or Calls for Proposals

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

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 12.02.03 PMThe Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL at Illinois State University maintains a list of annual SoTL conferences on the unit’s website. From this list, a review of each SoTL-friendly* conference for the rest of 2018 and into June of 2019 was reviewed to provide interested stakeholders with information focused which have open calls for proposals published at this time. Those with open calls include:

Conference Dates for Event Location of Conference Link to Call for Papers
Research on Teaching and Learning December 12-13, 2018 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada https://mi.mcmaster.ca/rtl2018/#call-for-proposals

10/16/18 deadline for proposal submissions

Lilly Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Conference January 10-12, 2019 Austin, Texas, USA https://www.lillyconferences-tx.com/proposals

*call is currently for posters only at this time (no final deadline for submissions available on website)

SoTL Commons January 24-25, 2019 Savannah, Georgia, USA http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/sotlgsu/commons/cfp/

9/17/18 deadline for proposal submissions

Lilly Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning Conference February 28-Mar 2, 2019 Anaheim, California, USA https://www.lillyconferences-ca.com/proposals

10/13/18 deadline for proposal submissions

Transformative Learning Conference March 14-15, 2019 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA http://sites.uco.edu/central/tl/conference/proposals.asp

11/16/18 deadline for proposal submissions

The Teaching Professor Conference June 7-8, 2019 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA https://www.magnapubs.com/teaching-professor-conference/call-for-proposals.html

10/31/18 deadline for proposal submissions

One conference that I don’t have complete information about yet…but do have a location and dates to share is the third EuroSoTL meeting, which is planned for June 13-14, 2019 in Bilbao, Spain. I will share more information about registration and proposal submission as details are available.

Interested in just registering for an event rather than submitting a proposal? Several other SoTL conferences are scheduled for this fall and are currently accepting registrations, including:

International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (October 10-13, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona, USA)

Research on Teaching and Learning Summit (October 12, 2018 in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA)

Lilly Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference (October 18-20, 2018 in Traverse City, Michigan, USA)

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference (October 24-27, 2018 in Bergen, Norway)

Symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (November 8-10, 2018 in Banff, Alberta, Canada)

Do you have a conference to add to the ISU SoTL website or to this blog? Email me at jfribe@ilstu.edu and I will add information about your event. have travel funds to share? Definitely contact me! There’s a lot of awesome opportunities for SoTL enthusiasts to take advantage of in the next year!

* SoTL friendly conferences are those that welcome SoTL. Please note that many of these conferences are not solely SoTL conferences, though some are!


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Brief Blog Hiatus!

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Due to study abroad adventures and the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., the SoTL Advocate will be taking a hiatus for the next few weeks. New posts will return weekly on June 4, 2018.

Until then, feel free to peruse some of our most popular posts of the last year:

#Collaborative Auto-ethnography: SoTL Methods Series #2

Bringing Together Academic Librarianship and SoTL 

A Community College Perspective on Creating a SoTL Scholars Program

Evidence-Based Clinical Education: A Proposed Framework for Consideration

Happy grading for those of you at the end of your term! Happy reading to all!

 


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Seeking Applications for ISU’s 2018-19 Chizmar-Ostrosky University-Wide SoTL Award

STATE_YourLearningThe call for applications for the 2018-19 Chizmar-Ostrosky University-Wide SoTL Award is now open! Have you contributed to ISU and/or your discipline through research on teaching and learning? Has your SoTL work changed your practice as an educator —  or the practices of others? Consider applying for recognition of your work! Join past recipients who contributed to the discipline of SoTL in a number of innovative and impressive ways. Details for prospective applicants are outlined below. Contact Jen Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL with questions (jfribe@ilstu.edu).

Purpose of Award: To recognize and encourage high quality scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) work at Illinois State University and in the discipline beyond our institution that contributes to the SoTL field, the SoTL body of knowledge, improved teaching, and enhanced student learning. This award contributes to the external, positive reputation for SoTL work at ISU and supports

Educate-Connect-Elevate’s efforts toward “generating high-quality scholarship,” “supporting student learning,” and “developing serving the region, state, nation, and world through commitments to meaningful…development of global citizens.”

Eligibility: SoTL at ISU is defined as evidence-informed and systematic reflection or research on the teaching and learning of our students that is made public. This award focuses on SoTL efforts and will not be awarded for traditional, disciplinary scholarship that is not SoTL-oriented. All faculty members and academic staff at ISU are eligible for this award.

Selection Criteria: Recognizing that a cluster of SoTL contributions may be equal to that of one outstanding project, this award allows a broad application of the following criteria:

  • Evidence of high quality SoTL work, which can include (but is not limited to) presentations, publications, creative representations, mentoring peers/students in SoTL, and/or service to SoTL at or beyond ISU.
  • Evidence that applicant’s own SoTL work has influenced the teaching work of the applicant or of others at or beyond ISU.

Selection Process & Time Frame: The Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL chairs the award selection committee. The committee reviews the application materials (see below) using the selection criteria above, and selects up to one recipient each year. The award is administered through the Cross Chair in SoTL and the Office of the Provost. The award recipient will be announced in time for the 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium and Founders Day.

Required Elements of Application:

  1. A narrative summary of SoTL projects (3-5 double-spaced pages, maximum), internal or external funding, presentations, publications, videos, web representations, and related professional service that contextualizes the SoTL work of the applicant.
  2. A reflective statement about the nature and field of SoTL, the place of the applicant’s SoTL work in his/her discipline and/or within the cross-disciplinary SoTL movement, and the impact of his/her work on own/others teaching and learning at ISU and beyond (including any evidence for impact). This document should not exceed 5 double-spaced pages.
  3. Copies of selected SoTL products (publications, presentations, etc.).
  4. Current curriculum vita, highlighting contributions to SoTL at and beyond ISU.
  5. Internal letters of support from at least two colleagues or administrators at ISU.

Recognitions and Obligations for Award Recipient

  • Monetary award ($3,000) and plaque.
  • Recognition at Founders’ Day, ISU’s University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium, and on the ISU web site.
  • The award recipient will give an address about their SoTL work, open to all faculty, staff, and students following receipt of the award.

Submission of Applications

All award applications should be prepared and submitted to Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL, in one of two formats no later than 4pm on Monday, October 26, 2018:

  1. In hard copy format, with all required/optional elements of the application printed and organized in a three-ring binder (or similar). Hard copy applications should be delivered to the ITDC building, Room 120 for submission.
  2. In electronic format, with all required/optional elements of the application saved as individual PDF documents with clear labels for each document (e.g., APPLICANT LAST NAME – Vita). Electronic applications should attached within one email message to jfribe@ilstu.edu for submission.