Pre-conference workshop #3

Get started with SOTL

Presented by: Andrea Webb and Melanie Hamilton

Room: Bekken – Level 3

Time: Wednesday, 09.00-11.45


Abstract: This pre-conference workshop will support participants in designing and/or refining a SoTL investigation; from developing a research question, through considerations of methodologies, methods, data analysis, and dissemination. We invite students, instructors, and anyone interested to join us discussing how we can improve postsecondary teaching and learning. We tackle the nuances of how SoTL can differ from disciplinary research approaches, as well as, the goals, audiences, and implications of SoTL. This will be a hands-on workshop, where participants will work in small groups to discuss concerns, capture ideas, and map out next steps in starting a SoTL project.


Andrea Webb is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow in the Higher Education Academy. She is also a member of the instructional team for the UBC International Program for the Scholarship of Educational Leadership: Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education ( In this role, she advises on the development and design of SoTL research projects across campus, acts as an external examiner for SoTL portfolios, and facilitates a professional development program for adjunct faculty in the Faculty of Education. She is a Board member of SoTL Canada.

Melanie Hamilton is the SoTL Research Program Lead at Lethbridge College in Alberta, Canada. For the past decade, she has been actively involved in many SoTL projects at the micro, meso, and macro level. Her work includes: humor in the classroom, academic integrity and dishonesty, and supporting early career researchers with SoTL. She has presented extensively at the local, provincial, national, and international level on a variety of topics. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair for SoTL Canada.

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