Theme for 2023: Any SoTL Theme
Conestoga faculty are invited to submit an entry for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Award. The competition seeks to fulfill the following goals:
- Share, promote and reward the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
- Highlight ways faculty are using research to explore aspects of Teaching & Learning
- Build energy and momentum for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Entries should follow the four principles of good practice in SoTL  that state SoTL:
- involves inquiry into student learning that has clear goals and is critically reflective
- is grounded in context, building on evidence-informed research
- is methodologically sound using either discipline-specific or social science methods that connect the research question to student learning
- is conducted in partnership with students (or at least must be ethical)
The 2023 competition focuses on either action or formal research with a focus to be announced in the new year. Entries require a 4 to 5 page summary that describes a faculty-led research project conducted during the 2022-23 academic year. It can be an individual or team effort and report either work-in-progress or final results.
Reviewers will be representatives from College research-related departments (ethics, degree quality, institutional research) and at least one student. Each member of a winning entry will receive a certificate of achievement and up to two members will receive a tech-based teaching resource (choice of microphone/headset, selfie tripod stand with ring-light, or podcast-style microphone).
How to participate
- Review the essential requirements, format, and rubric below
- Prepare a 4-5 page summary of your research including references
- Submit your research summary by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line: Faculty Research Award
- Due date: October 2 , 2023
- Reviewer will independently review and score the submission using the rubric. Scores will be combined to determine the winner.
- Winner(s) will be announced December 4, 2022.
- Results will be shared on the Faculty Learning Hub and you will be asked to showcase your work at the next Conestoga Research Symposium.
Three Essential Requirements
The research must:
- align with all relevant teaching and learning-related College policies and procedures (Y/N)
- align with the principles of SoTL (Y/N)
- explore and extend knowledge associated with the SoTL award’s theme (Y/N)
Research Summary Format
The research summary should be written using APA @ Conestoga‘s recommended font, line spacing and margins. Please include the following sections:
- Context: identify an issue, specifies why it is problematic, and locate the research within the context of a specific community or field
- Purpose / Goal: identify the specific question, issue, or problem to be examined
- Approach / Methods: outline the research method(s), sample, and analysis method(s)
- Results: answer the ‘What?’ question by defining the major research finding(s)
- Conclusions / Recommendations / Summary: answer the ‘So what?’ by explaining your findings relative to the issue and the ‘Now what?’ question by demonstrates the specific contribution your findings make to the field
*This rubric will only be used if the three essential requirements are met
 Felten, P. (2013). Principles of good practice in SoTL. Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, 1(1), 121-125.