The Festival of Learning 2016 has ended, it took place June 6–9, 2016. This post-secondary education event hosted more than 400 delegates, offering a variety of session formats, learning experiences, unique spaces, as well as social and networking events. Don’t miss the next Festival of Learning 2018 happening May 28-30, 2018.

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Thursday, June 9 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
What ‘Counts’ as Research or Scholarship? The (Un)Intentional Narrowing of the Definition of 'Scholarship' in SoTL (3:30 - 4:00) FILLING

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Does your original discipline have 'A' Journals and 'B' Journals? Do you know colleagues who have submitted scholarly work to an 'A' Journal, had it rejected, and then successfully published it in a 'B' Journal? As a community, have we squandered our opportunity to define 'scholarship' more broadly in our rush to legitimize the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)?

During this discussion, I will offer two broader definitions of scholarship and research that, if properly embraced, would mean that we are more inclusive of activities that would count on a CV or in a Dossier.

From our combined experiences, we will generate examples of scholarly activities that should legitimately ‘count’, but are often dismissed by narrow definitions. I will argue that we need to take every opportunity to stretch the boundaries of our practice and educate others about our scholarly work, or we risk being seen as doing ‘silo’ work with little relevance to the broader education enterprise.

Russell Day, Teaching Professor, Simon Fraser University 


Russell Day

Teaching Professor, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Russell Day is a Teaching Professor in Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University. In addition to teaching large Intro Psyc courses, he is involved in a variety of educational development activities, primarily with the Instructional Skills Workshop... Read More →

Thursday June 9, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Maranello Conference Room (Third Floor)