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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Advancing Teaching Excellence: A Framework for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

The impact of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning cannot be underestimated. The SoTL drives innovation in curriculum development and delivery, as well as student engagement in applied, collaborative learning. Advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) aligns with Centennial’s strategic commitment to “Drive Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (Commitment 2) and the Academic Plan theme “Inquiry, Innovation and Scholarship” (Theme 2). In addition, the college’s Strategic Mandate Agreement focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship as one of Centennial’s key differentiators.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is, by definition, public versus private, susceptible to peer review and critique, and can be built upon by others (Charbonneau, 2010). A conceptual framework helps to organize our understanding of and approach to academic scholarship in the context of 21st Century post-secondary teaching and learning (Randall et al., 2013; Kereliuk et al., 2013). Centennial’s integrated approach to how we frame the SoTL captures the richness and complexity of academic scholarship in a global context, reflecting the College’s emphasis on global citizenship, equity, inclusion, and valuing of multiple ways of knowing, being and learning (Boyer, 1990). This evidence-based model is well-substantiated in the faculty development literature, mapping onto other well-regarded models of teaching and learning excellence (Nirula et al., 2015).


Picture of SoTL Framework explained below

The integrated model represents three overlapping and dynamic elements: Knowledge of scholarly teaching, learning about one’s teaching and growth in the SoTL. These domains incorporate:

  • Foundation knowledge (such as teaching skills and new essential skills like digital, research and cross-disciplinary literacies)
  • Humanistic knowledge (which includes ethical/emotional awareness, values, equity, inclusion and internationalization)
  • Metaknowledge (such as creativity and innovation, problem-solving, critical reflection, communication and collaboration across disciplines)

Faculty development within and across each area leads to increased engagement, professional identity development and high performance, culminating in transformative learning and acquisition of core and advanced academic leadership competencies. Taken together, the overlapping and dynamic elements within the SoTL framework represent a roadmap toward enhanced teaching excellence, innovation and student engagement/success.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Fund

As an initiative to foster academic scholarship and the scholarship of teaching and learning, the Centre for Organizational Learning and Teaching (COLT) introduced a research opportunity for faculty at Centennial College, titled the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Fund,” Working in collaboration with Centennial’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES), faculty members from across academic Schools can submit proposals that respond to the general theme of “fostering student engagement and promoting high-impact learning experiences.” Successful applicants will receive a budget of up to $1,500.00 (full-time and contract faculty) and one-course release (full-time faculty), with the proviso that they hire a student research assistant to build capacity among the next generation of researchers and scholars. Upon completion of their research, faculty will present the results and implications for practice through internal and external conferences, publications, webinars and other knowledge-sharing channels to advance evidence-informed teaching and learning at the college and beyond. 

SoTL Research Fund Projects & Researcher(s) Recipients

The Centre for Organizational Learning and Teaching (COLT) continues to support and advance academic scholarship with a particular focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) by funding new, innovative projects designed to examine compelling issues related to teaching and learning excellence and student engagement.

To view short videos of the amazing research Centennial faculty and employees are doing as part of the SoTL Research Fund, click on the links below:

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Nursing
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research English
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research in the Culinary Arts

2018/2019 research projects currently being conducted:

  • Pedagogical Strategies for Navigating the Challenges of Contemporary Social Justice and Global Citizenship Educations
    Researcher(s): Zabedia Nazim – Centre for Organizational Learning and Development
    Rosina Agyepone – School of Advancement
  • Student Experience using a Vital Signs E-Textbook
    Researcher(s): Margaret Verkuyl - School of Community and Health Studies

2017/2018 research projects:

2016/2017 research projects:

2015-2016 research projects:

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fund for the following academic year will be communicated via email through College Broadcast in the Fall semester of the current academic year.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community of Practice (CoP)

The SoTL community of practice is comprised of SoTL committee members, along with past and current researchers, in addition to subject matter experts. If you would like to join the SoTL community of practice, please contact Carla Gallego-Lima at for more information.