Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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

The impacts of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning cannot be underestimated. 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 our 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 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 on to 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: (1) knowledge of scholarly teaching; (2) learning about one’s teaching; and (3) growth in SoTL. These domains incorporate:

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


  • Curriculum Redesign for High Five – Principles of Healthy Child Development through Parks and Recreation Ontario
    Researcher(s): Lorne Hilts - School of Community and Health Studies
  • From Paper to Practice: Learning Emotional Regulation Skills in the Social Service Worker Classroom
    Researcher(s): Sama Bassidj, Jennifer Woodill – School of Community and Health Studies
  • Interprofessional experiences within Centennial College’s Disaster Exercises and its impact on student’s professional growth
    Researcher(s):  Kimberley  Mack – School of Community and Health Studies
  • Investigating Reflective Writing to Teach Empathy to Paramedic Students
    Researcher(s): Jennifer  Maleaus - School of Community and Health Studies
  • 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
  • Previous and Current Learning Experiences of EAP Students at Centennial College: A Narrative Analytic Approach
    Researcher(s): Mostafa Hasrati- Employee Assistance Program
  • Students experience using a vital signs etexbook
    Researcher(s): Margaret Verkuyl - School of Community and Health Studies
  • The Distracted Learner
    Researcher(s):  Franklin F. Gorospe – School of Community and Health Studies


  • A Look at Evidence Practices and Performance of Blended Learning:  An Evaluation of Factors on Whether the Students, Faculty & College are Achieving the Anticipated Benefits and Goals?
    Researcher(s):  Frank Trovato – School of Community and Health Studies 
  • Addressing Decisions of Course Modality: Considerations Regarding the Choice of Online and Blended Formats of Courses in Higher Education 
    Researcher(s):  Greg Atkinson - Academic Excellence - Centre for Academic Quality
  • Effect of First Language on Intelligibility
    Researcher(s):  Nima Sadat-Tehrani - School of Advancement 
  • Exploring the Student Experience in a Blended Learning Course Designed using the “Big Three” principles in UDL
    Researcher(s):  Ann Martens - School of Community and Health Studies
  • Inspiring Innovation in Teaching Excellence: The Creation of a Faculty Think and Do Tank
    Researcher(s):  Paula Demacio and Erin Wallace - Academic Excellence - Centre for Organizational Learning & Teaching (COLT)
  • The Impact of a Values-Based Approach to Academic Integrity Education
    Researcher(s):  Evelyn Holmes - School of Advancement  
  • Use of Pain Simulation in Nursing Education
    Researcher(s):  Jimmy Chen and Angela Harrinanan - School of Community and Health Studies



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 and past and current researchers, in addition to subject matter experts. If you would like to join the SoTL community of practice, please contact Olga Babenko, for more information.