Proposal Title

Preparing the SoTL Scholars of Tomorrow in an Undergraduate Course

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Track

Non-research Project / About SoTL

Proposal Abstract

At Middlesex Community College two SoTL Coordinators are working with the institution’s first Student SoTL Scholars. This fall the coordinators collaborated with the Director of Academic Support Programs to welcome students into the SoTL Community. Eight Middlesex student tutors/supplemental instructors who currently teach their peers one-on-one in the tutoring centers and in groups in the classroom setting are now applying for CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) Level III Certification. To achieve Level III Certification students must complete a research project related to their tutoring or supplemental instruction experience. Like all teaching faculty, these student-instructors face challenges ranging from attendance to skills acquisition to content mastery. Because the certification research projects are geared toward improving instruction, the SoTL Coordinators recognized an opportunity to make students true members of the SoTL Community. They developed a one-credit undergraduate research course in which students follow the steps of a SoTL Project, including designing the project, undergoing the IRB training and review process, conducting a literature review, implementing the intervention, collecting and analyzing evidence, and publishing the results. The coordinators team-teach the course and solicit participation from librarians and the dean of institutional research to create an authentic research experience.

Session Format

Panel Session

Location

Room 218

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 31st, 9:00 AM Mar 31st, 9:45 AM

Preparing the SoTL Scholars of Tomorrow in an Undergraduate Course

Room 218

At Middlesex Community College two SoTL Coordinators are working with the institution’s first Student SoTL Scholars. This fall the coordinators collaborated with the Director of Academic Support Programs to welcome students into the SoTL Community. Eight Middlesex student tutors/supplemental instructors who currently teach their peers one-on-one in the tutoring centers and in groups in the classroom setting are now applying for CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) Level III Certification. To achieve Level III Certification students must complete a research project related to their tutoring or supplemental instruction experience. Like all teaching faculty, these student-instructors face challenges ranging from attendance to skills acquisition to content mastery. Because the certification research projects are geared toward improving instruction, the SoTL Coordinators recognized an opportunity to make students true members of the SoTL Community. They developed a one-credit undergraduate research course in which students follow the steps of a SoTL Project, including designing the project, undergoing the IRB training and review process, conducting a literature review, implementing the intervention, collecting and analyzing evidence, and publishing the results. The coordinators team-teach the course and solicit participation from librarians and the dean of institutional research to create an authentic research experience.