Building Capacity for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Using International Collaborative Writing Groups
Keywordsscholarship of teaching and learning [SoTL]; SoTL capacity building; collaborative writing groups; international collaborations
Theory and practice of education
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AbstractObjective: To understand participants’ perceptions of the impact of an innovative International Collaborative Writing Group (ICWG) initiative on their individual and collective SoTL capacity. Methods: A mixed method research design included participant surveys (phases 1 and 3), and focus groups and interviews (phase 2). Data from all three phases of research have been triangulated in order to facilitate an in-depth understanding of participants' experiences. Findings: Findings reveal four key themes: mentoring and leadership, the creation of community, diversity of perspectives, and experiential learning and professional skill development. Discussion and Implications: Through the opportunities presented in relation to the four themes, the initiative appears to have helped facilitate the development of SoTL capacity and SoTL scholar identity. Research focusing on the impact of such initiatives on student learning is needed.