Thursday, September 16, 2021 — 2:00 PM EDT to Thursday, December 9, 2021 — 3:00 PM EST

Location: Online

Facilitators: Kyle Scholz (CTE) and Kristen Archbell (CTE) 


The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Miniseries is a five-part series (i.e., workshops, presentations) intended to support instructors who are interested in pursuing teaching and learning research. Throughout the Miniseries, participants will be provided with the tools, resources, colleagues’ experiences with SoTL, and opportunities for collaborations to get people started on their own research. The theme of the SoTL Miniseries is “teaching and learning problems”. We will work towards appreciating when we experience problems in how we teach and/or how our students learn, and begin conceptualizing these problems as opportunities for evidence-based research.

Taking place every three weeks in the fall 2021 term, participants will engage with one another, the facilitators, and guest presenters to understand what goes into conducting research on teaching and learning. Participants will be given a workbook to record their thoughts and reflections in throughout the SoTL Miniseries. Each part of the SoTL Miniseries has a distinct theme:

  • Part 1 (Thursday, September 16 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.) – An introduction into the scholarship of teaching and learning and discussing “problems” in teaching and learning
  • Part 2 (Thursday, October 7 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.) – Hearing from colleagues at the University of Waterloo who have conducted their own teaching and learning research and what problems they tried to solve
  • Part 3 (Thursday, October 28 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.) – Journal Club style discussion where we read a SoTL article in advance and discuss its implications for our work
  • Part 4 (Thursday, November 18 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.) – Hearing from additional colleagues at the University of Waterloo who have conducted their own teaching and learning research and what problems they tried to solve
  • Part 5 (Thursday, December 9 from 2:00 pm- 3:00 p.m.) – Designing and collaborating on your own potential SoTL research project

Due to the SoTL Miniseries enrollment being capped in order to encourage community-building with a small cohort of instructors, participants are asked to attend all five parts of the series.


Registration required (if this is your first time using GoSignMeUp, you will need to set up your account first). If you have changed roles at the University (e.g., graduate student to faculty) please update your "Participant Profile" in your GoSignMeUp account.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.