Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Session 5: Planning and conducting SoTL research


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves systematic investigation of an aspect of student learning, which is expressed as one or more questions, with a SoTL practitioner or a team of SoTL researchers looking for answers in the evidence generated.

This session builds on what you have already learned about the stages of SoTL inquiry and related aspects earlier in the course: for example, learning analytics, stakeholder analysis, formulating aim and research questions, literature review, involving students as partners and ethical considerations.

In this session, you’ll learn about the nature of SoTL research, the research design considerations for a SoTL inquiry, and how to conduct the SoTL research process and present the findings.

By the end of this session, you will be able to: 

  • explain the nature of SoTL research
  • discuss the research design considerations for a SoTL inquiry
  • describe mixed methods research and triangulation
  • apply the guidance in order to choose research methods for your inquiry
  • present the findings of a SoTL inquiry.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371