The following is the October 2008 SoTL Research Update from Elon University as presented at the CASTL Student Voices Convening preceeding the 2008 ISSOTL Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Oct. 16-19).
In early 2008, we launched the Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership (ETLP), funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (http://org.elon.edu/etlp). ETLP is a SoTL program that brings together high school and college faculty to work on year-long connected inquiries into student learning. ETLP's first cohort is comprised of 7 high school teachers and 8 Elon Faculty. ETLP is not a direct result of our CASTL participation, but it reflects strong student voices themes.
We also have an increasing number of Elon faculty pursuing projects related to student voices in SoTL. Our group at the Edmonton meeting reflects that development.
Recent Elon Publications related to student voices include:
- Bright, Collin, Kimberly Duggins, Kelly Flannery, Caitlin McGarry, and Stephen Schulman (Spring/Summer 2008). "Student/Faculty Partnerships in Course Re-Design: Learning About Who Students Are to Transform Them." Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History and Science.
- Kapper, Jessie Moore, Laura Clapp, and Cindy Lefferts, with Missy Schwandt, Melissa Taylor, and Nikki Wasikowski. (2007). "TESOL in Context: Student Perspectives on Service Learning." Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Service-Learning in Applied Linguistics. Eds. Adrian J. Wurr and Josef Hellebrandt. Boston: Anker Publishing.
- Mihans, Richard, Deborah Long, and Peter Felten (July 2008). "Power and Expertise: Student-Faculty Collaboration in Course Design and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning." International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2:2.
Once theme that has emerged in our recent conversations focuses on how best to partner with students in writing SoTL articles. Students graduate, study abroad, or have other priorities that can end research partnerships prematurely. We are interested in learning how others have addressed this challenge.
To learn more about the student voices work happening at Elon University please visit the website for the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) or contact Peter Felten.
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