Part 1: Understanding the Book and Meeting the Authors

Chapter 1: Articulating our Goals: Origins, Audiences, and Structure

Read the chapter [PDF]

Chapter 1 discusses the authors’ inspiration for the book and their identities as learning and teaching scholars. The chapter specifies intended audiences, explains terminology, describes the approach the authors took to writing the book, and offers an explanation of the structure and organization of the book.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is your identity—or what are your identities—as a learning and teaching scholar? What experiences do you already have of writing about learning and teaching in higher education?
  2. What key questions do you have about writing about learning and teaching in higher education? What areas are you most interested in developing and enhancing?
  3. How will you go about reading this text? Which chapters interest you most? In what order will you read them?

Chapter 2: Situating Our Work: Focus, Motivation, Educational Research, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Read the chapter [PDF]

Chapter 2 clarifies the focus of the book, addressing the question of why writing about learning and teaching is important. The chapter concludes with a short discussion of the link between higher education research and SoTL.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why are you interested in writing about learning and teaching?
  2. Which genres of writing have you experienced, and which would you like to try out?
  3. In writing about learning and teaching do you see yourself as contributing to higher education research, SoTL, or both?