Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Turning the Tables – supporting SoTL and involving students


Session Overview

In 2019 I took part in a SoTL project in which we explored the support needed by faculty engaging in SoTL. We included undergraduate students in the research process including writing publications. We then researched our own experience, with researchers and students reflecting on the experience. In this webinar I shall share both the findings from the original study – what do faculty want? – and the findings from our auto-ethnographic study where we turned the spotlight on ourselves. I shall share the successes as well as the challenges of both aspects of the study. As a taster – the findings from the original project included identification of common challenges such as competing priorities and a lack of background knowledge and research skills relevant to SoTL work. These were often overcome by working alongside colleagues as well as receiving support provided by the institutional teaching and learning centre. I shall share the specifics of the findings with examples of ways in which SoTL researchers can be supported. The second element, the engagement of undergraduate students in the research, led to observations on the power dynamic between professors and students, the use of funding for student work versus the benefit of the experience regardless of remuneration and the ethics involved in such a relationship. We used autoethnography to gather our data and reflect on the findings. I shall expand on this methodology as a means to gather authentic data.

This event will take place online on Friday 5th March 2021, 14:00-15:00. To book a place, please visit the Eventbrite page.


Speaker Bio

Celia Popovic is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, Toronto, Canada. From 2011 to 2018 she was the Founding Director of the Teaching Commons at York, where she instigated support for SoTL alongside support for the enhancement of Teaching and Learning at York. She has published (author, co-author, editor or co-editor) 5 books, 15 book chapters and 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests focus on teaching and learning in Higher Education, but she is also interested in stress relieving practices, community building and professional development for educational developers.


Celia Popovic, University of York, Toronto, Canada

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