Proposal Title

The Nuts and Bolts: Constructing a Methodologically Sound SoTL Experiment

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Track

Non-research Project / About SoTL

Proposal Abstract

Empirical features of SoTL projects are essential for creating trustworthy knowledge about teaching and learning. However, achieving all the empirical features for a reliable and valid SoTL project can be difficult because we often lack the control, random assignment, perfectly matched conditions, and other necessary experimental controls of trustworthy results.

In this presentation, I will explore methods for achieving at least some of the necessary empirical control in SoTL projects. I use my own recent SoTL project as an example of striving to meet “benchmarks” for empirical SoTL work that were proposed by Wilson-Doenges & Gurung (2013). I did achieve some experimental control, but there were also secondary variables that I could not control. I present my SoTL project as a design example and hope that you can learn from my mistakes. I share examples of missteps and misfortunes encountered when designing such a SoTL project and offer tips for meeting the benchmarks of a methodologically sound SoTL project. I hope to open conversation about the value of SoTL work when all experimental control is not possible.

Session Format

Poster Session

Location

Room 113

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 31st, 4:00 PM Mar 31st, 5:00 PM

The Nuts and Bolts: Constructing a Methodologically Sound SoTL Experiment

Room 113

Empirical features of SoTL projects are essential for creating trustworthy knowledge about teaching and learning. However, achieving all the empirical features for a reliable and valid SoTL project can be difficult because we often lack the control, random assignment, perfectly matched conditions, and other necessary experimental controls of trustworthy results.

In this presentation, I will explore methods for achieving at least some of the necessary empirical control in SoTL projects. I use my own recent SoTL project as an example of striving to meet “benchmarks” for empirical SoTL work that were proposed by Wilson-Doenges & Gurung (2013). I did achieve some experimental control, but there were also secondary variables that I could not control. I present my SoTL project as a design example and hope that you can learn from my mistakes. I share examples of missteps and misfortunes encountered when designing such a SoTL project and offer tips for meeting the benchmarks of a methodologically sound SoTL project. I hope to open conversation about the value of SoTL work when all experimental control is not possible.