SoTL Seed Program

The Spring application call is now closed. The next application period will begin in October, 2020.

The UBC Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) offer a support program for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The SoTL Seed Program provides graduate research assistants, collegial collaborations, and complementary funding for projects, for faculty interested in exploring and understanding the impact of their pedagogical choices.

All members of the UBC community are invited to apply.  Priority is given to faculty members who teach at the undergraduate level, and who have not had an active Seed project in the last 12 months. Recipients are expected to participate in events to share the outputs of their work with the wider UBC community. The expected life cycle of a project is one to two years.

Trends in SoTL Seed

Common areas of practice:  

  1. Community based/Experiential learning: Experiential learning both in and out of the classroom and/or community partners/collaborations.
  2. Peer feedback or other forms of innovative assessment.
  3. Multimedia in the classroom: The impact of technology integration (e.g., apps, collaborative tools, iclickers, and visual media) on student learning experience.
  4. Active learning: Pedagogies that seek to foster student engagement through student-centered approaches.

Diversity in area of impact:

  1. Diversity and inclusion: Exploring more equitable practices and pedagogies.
  2. First-year transition: Improving first-year experiences.
  3. Student attitudes, engagement and motivation: Gaining better understand students’ level of satisfaction, confidence, motivations, and perceptions about pedagogies or disciplinary knowledge.
  4. Disciplinary specific skills: Improving how students retain key concepts in a course, or mastering particular professional skills.
  5. Student actions and behaviours: Understanding and/or facilitating student participation (in class, online discussions, etc.), time spent on particular tasks, and enrolment in courses.

 

Criteria

Selected projects broaden our understanding of teaching and learning in higher education and show a potential for significant contributions to the UBC community and beyond. We encourage you to review past and ongoing projects to learn about the breadth of work being done at UBC.

SoTL Seed projects should ask meaningful questions about student learning or teaching activities designed to facilitate student learning, with the goal of gathering evidence to answer those questions, and then sharing the results to contribute to broader bodies of knowledge on student learning.

Projects are strategically selected to reflect the breadth of work at UBC in terms of disciplines, scholarly approaches and expertise. The following criteria are used to evaluate the proposals:

  1. Impact: Is the work likely to contribute to teaching and learning at UBC beyond the scope of the project?
  2. Novelty: Does the project have the potential to advance our knowledge of teaching and learning in higher education?
  3. Practicality: Can the goals be accomplished with the designated time-frame? Is the process outlined able to accomplish the stated goals?

Support

Awarded projects receive a support package that includes:

  • Up to 70 hours of a SoTL Specialist. SoTL Specialists are graduate students with experience in a variety of SoTL- related topics such as ethics applications, surveys, focus groups, experiments, observation, text analysis and analytics.
  • Limited support for instructional and learning design, provided by the Curriculum and Course Services at CTLT.
  • Cohort-based meetings in which informal feedback is offered by cohort peers and participants in the program from previous years.
  • Up to $200 CAD in discretionary funds to support research expenses such as participant costs and disciplinary data interpretation.
  • Up to $500 CAD to support presentation in SoTL meetings and conferences.

Application

For reference, a PDF version of the 2020 application is available as you prepare for future applications.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at ctlt.isotl@ubc.ca.