NUR 665 Discussion staying abreast of the scholarship

NUR 665 Discussion staying abreast of the scholarship

NUR 665 Discussion staying abreast of the scholarship

Being an effective educator requires staying abreast of the scholarship of teaching and learning in your field. What aspects of teaching and learning in your field interest you most? What plans do you have for participating in scholarly activities to enhance your nurse educator role based on Boyer’s Model of Scholarship?

At present, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is experiencing growth in higher education as more instructors and institutions become focused on student learning. The primary aims of SoTL are to study teaching in order to understand what is happening in the classroom, to improve student learning, and to share findings publicly with the teaching community. SoTL has its roots in the work of Ernest Boyer and his seminal work Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. Since the book’s publication in 1990, SoTL has grown into an international movement.

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The SoTL literature is replete with research-based pedagogy. By reading SoTL literature, librarians will discover strategies and pedagogical techniques on how to better support student learning. Additionally, librarians can undertake their own SoTL research projects to learn how their teaching impacts student learning. Many educational and discipline-specific theories undergird SoTL research, including threshold concepts. Due to this, librarians may benefit from familiarizing themselves with SoTL studies for the purposes of enhancing information literacy instruction, particularly when working with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Understanding student learning both in general and in a discipline-specific context can help librarians tailor instruction to meet the needs of students.

NUR 665 Discussion staying abreast of the scholarship

Whether engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning related to their own teaching practices, or partnering with faculty or Centers for Teaching, academic librarians are in a unique position to participate in SoTL on their campuses.Many librarians already engage in SoTL activities but they do not necessarily call it SoTL. For example, at conferences such as LOEX and Library Instruction West most, if not all, of the presentations are focused on issues related to teaching and learning. Connecting this work that librarians are already doing with the SoTL field can be beneficial in expanding one’s network. Due to SoTL scholars’ focus on student learning, librarians may find a strong network of support outside of academic librarian scholarship. On many campuses, the support for SoTL derives from Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Leveraging the CTL, or equivalent department, may expand the opportunities for librarians.