SANTPEN’s SoTL Journey

Building and Using a SoTL Approach Across Institutions

Deborah West, Helen Stephenson

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    In the current higher education environment, providing high quality teaching and learning experiences to students has moved beyond desirable to essential. Quality improvement takes many forms, but one core aspect to ensure sustainable improvement is the development of a culture of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Developing such an institutional culture is surprisingly challenging yet essential to improving the status of teaching in higher education (HE), being successful in teaching and learning awards and grants, and, improving the student experience. The Australian Government’s Promoting Excellence Network initiative funds networks to foster collaboration between HE institutions to improve outcomes in national learning and teaching award and grant programs. Supported by this funding, the South Australian / Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN), a grouping of six institutions, formed. Bringing together a diverse network of institutions, similar only by virtue of geographic location is challenging. This paper describes the first three years of SANTPEN’s journey from the context of our own development with the concept of SoTL and how we applied this to build a culture of SoTL in and between our institutions. It also demonstrates how a modest budget can be put to effective use to benefit those immediately involved, institutional objectives and the aims of the national funding body. We provide evidence of this effectiveness and conclude with our collective aspirations for the future of SANTPEN and other likeminded and funded networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-122
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    Volume16
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016

    Fingerprint

    Teaching
    learning
    grant
    funding
    education
    grouping
    experience
    budget
    student
    evidence

    Cite this

    @article{12eeafbc2b59404f8adc714a83664830,
    title = "SANTPEN’s SoTL Journey: Building and Using a SoTL Approach Across Institutions",
    abstract = "In the current higher education environment, providing high quality teaching and learning experiences to students has moved beyond desirable to essential. Quality improvement takes many forms, but one core aspect to ensure sustainable improvement is the development of a culture of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Developing such an institutional culture is surprisingly challenging yet essential to improving the status of teaching in higher education (HE), being successful in teaching and learning awards and grants, and, improving the student experience. The Australian Government’s Promoting Excellence Network initiative funds networks to foster collaboration between HE institutions to improve outcomes in national learning and teaching award and grant programs. Supported by this funding, the South Australian / Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN), a grouping of six institutions, formed. Bringing together a diverse network of institutions, similar only by virtue of geographic location is challenging. This paper describes the first three years of SANTPEN’s journey from the context of our own development with the concept of SoTL and how we applied this to build a culture of SoTL in and between our institutions. It also demonstrates how a modest budget can be put to effective use to benefit those immediately involved, institutional objectives and the aims of the national funding body. We provide evidence of this effectiveness and conclude with our collective aspirations for the future of SANTPEN and other likeminded and funded networks.",
    author = "Deborah West and Helen Stephenson",
    year = "2016",
    month = "10",
    day = "31",
    doi = "10.14434//josotl.v16i5.19983",
    language = "English",
    volume = "16",
    pages = "107--122",
    journal = "Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning",
    issn = "1527-9316",
    number = "5",

    }

    SANTPEN’s SoTL Journey : Building and Using a SoTL Approach Across Institutions. / West, Deborah; Stephenson, Helen.

    In: Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 16, No. 5, 31.10.2016, p. 107-122.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - SANTPEN’s SoTL Journey

    T2 - Building and Using a SoTL Approach Across Institutions

    AU - West, Deborah

    AU - Stephenson, Helen

    PY - 2016/10/31

    Y1 - 2016/10/31

    N2 - In the current higher education environment, providing high quality teaching and learning experiences to students has moved beyond desirable to essential. Quality improvement takes many forms, but one core aspect to ensure sustainable improvement is the development of a culture of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Developing such an institutional culture is surprisingly challenging yet essential to improving the status of teaching in higher education (HE), being successful in teaching and learning awards and grants, and, improving the student experience. The Australian Government’s Promoting Excellence Network initiative funds networks to foster collaboration between HE institutions to improve outcomes in national learning and teaching award and grant programs. Supported by this funding, the South Australian / Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN), a grouping of six institutions, formed. Bringing together a diverse network of institutions, similar only by virtue of geographic location is challenging. This paper describes the first three years of SANTPEN’s journey from the context of our own development with the concept of SoTL and how we applied this to build a culture of SoTL in and between our institutions. It also demonstrates how a modest budget can be put to effective use to benefit those immediately involved, institutional objectives and the aims of the national funding body. We provide evidence of this effectiveness and conclude with our collective aspirations for the future of SANTPEN and other likeminded and funded networks.

    AB - In the current higher education environment, providing high quality teaching and learning experiences to students has moved beyond desirable to essential. Quality improvement takes many forms, but one core aspect to ensure sustainable improvement is the development of a culture of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Developing such an institutional culture is surprisingly challenging yet essential to improving the status of teaching in higher education (HE), being successful in teaching and learning awards and grants, and, improving the student experience. The Australian Government’s Promoting Excellence Network initiative funds networks to foster collaboration between HE institutions to improve outcomes in national learning and teaching award and grant programs. Supported by this funding, the South Australian / Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN), a grouping of six institutions, formed. Bringing together a diverse network of institutions, similar only by virtue of geographic location is challenging. This paper describes the first three years of SANTPEN’s journey from the context of our own development with the concept of SoTL and how we applied this to build a culture of SoTL in and between our institutions. It also demonstrates how a modest budget can be put to effective use to benefit those immediately involved, institutional objectives and the aims of the national funding body. We provide evidence of this effectiveness and conclude with our collective aspirations for the future of SANTPEN and other likeminded and funded networks.

    U2 - 10.14434//josotl.v16i5.19983

    DO - 10.14434//josotl.v16i5.19983

    M3 - Article

    VL - 16

    SP - 107

    EP - 122

    JO - Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    JF - Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    SN - 1527-9316

    IS - 5

    ER -