This site is a collaborative effort from Charles Sturt staff engaged in supporting digital scholarship and SoTL, spanning a range of faculties and divisions. We’d appreciate your feedback as we continue to develop this into an ongoing resource.
One of the most rewarding – and challenging – parts of being a university educator is that we straddle multiple discipline areas. We’ve devoted our lives to studying, contributing to and researching our core professional discipline areas often within a very linear pathway, gradually increasing our qualifications and expertise as we become known as ‘experts’ in the field. Indeed, for many of us working in university education, our initial pathway was working in the profession in which we teach.
Interestingly then, our other (perhaps less intentional) discipline area – the study of how best to educate others who also want to devote their lives to our profession – tends to have a less linear pathway. For most of us, developing expertise in university teaching occurs in unique ways depending on our interests and passions for teaching, the challenges and issues we face as educators, as well as the opportunities for learning and collaboration that we encounter along the way.
Despite this, the same professional expectations apply. For example, it’s essential that we engage with, keep up to date and continually look for opportunities to gain new or improved understanding, appreciation and insights into both discipline area we are teaching and the discipline of how we go about teaching, therefore supporting our students achieve their learning outcomes.
While this has always been assumed to happen, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), requires that academic staff meet the Standards as a requirement for registration as a higher education provider.
How are we approaching this requirement at Charles Sturt?
Charles Sturt has adopted a Scholarship Development Framework to support academic staff specifically set objectives to further develop their scholarship and engage with scholarly activities in learning and teaching. It provides an iterative process for engaging with and evidencing scholarship practices, that links closely to how we already approach the development and evidencing of learning plans. This is supported by the Scholarly Environment Model, which outlines different kinds of scholarly activity we can engage in, the artefacts that can be used as evidence of that activity, where these might be stored and networks that can be tapped into to encourage collaboration and sharing.
What’s important about this is that the approach to scholarship @ Charles Sturt is firmly focused on giving ownership of the process to individual educators, rather than as a box-checking exercise, while at the same time, meeting our regulatory requirements. It is the hope that educators will develop their own spaces for developing their academic identity – as a practitioner, researcher and educator.
So why this site?
This site is not a one-stop source for everything related to the Scholarship Development Framework, the Scholarship Environmental Model or Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
This site is a space for sharing resources, ideas and tutorials on the digital scholarship as a process, as it relates to taking a scholarly approach to teaching and learning. It’s hoped that over time, it can become a space for supporting a wide variety of SoTL projects at Charles Sturt and beyond.
Other sites that support SoTL work
- The Division of Learning and Teaching provides a range of professional learning and teaching resources that support SoTL work. Check the calendar for upcoming workshops and other events.
- The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) is a scholarly society that promotes the development of higher education policy, practice and the study of teaching and learning. It encourages and disseminates SoTL research and has developed a series of modules to build capacity in the SoTL. For further information click here.
- This SoTL Libary Guide was developed by Annette Goodwin and Kate Allman, from Charles Sturt’s Division of Library Services. It provides information on key books, journals and conferences in teaching and learning, how to develop SoTL connections and disseminate scholarly activity, and how the Charles Sturt library can help.