The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Date: 24 March 2009 (Tuesday)
Dr. Spencer Benson (Fulbright Scholar, The University of Hong Kong)
Dr. Stephen Friedman (Fulbright Scholar, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Almost 20 years ago, Ernest Boyer wrote Scholarship Revisited in which he introduced the idea of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as one of four different kinds of scholarly activity.  Since then, SoTL has grown into an international community endeavor which faculty use to improve teaching and learning within their disciplines and the academe.  The seminar aims to help faculty to:


  1. differentiate among the kinds of scholarship;
  2. identify key characteristics of SoTL that distinguish it from master and scholarly teaching;
  3. develop a roadmap for integrating SoTL into their own teaching.


About the speakers

Dr. Spencer Benson is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland and a professor in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. He has been involved in science teaching and learning for more than a decade and has published numerous articles on teaching and learning. Dr. Benson is currently a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong and member of the Fulbright HK General Education Program.

Dr. Stephen Friedman is Professor of Educational Measurement and Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His work on General Education assessment began in the mid-90s and has published widely on GE assessment ever since. Dr. Friedman is now visiting CUHK as a Fulbright Scholar under the Fulbright HK General Education Program.

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