Framing How You Think About Your Teaching

A recent article published by Kern, et al. (2015) provides insightful consideration of the role the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) plays in the academy. The authors state the goal of the paper is “to present a model to assist both faculty and administrators with appropriately positioning SoTL’s role within the academic missions of universities.” As part of their research the authors conceptualized teaching related activities using two dimensions resulting in four quadrants. These quadrants include: “the practice of teaching, sharing about teaching, scholarly teaching, and scholarship of teaching and learning”. The quadrants combine to create the DART Matrix and each quadrant includes an array of activities and outputs that relate to the quadrant title. I found that the concept and the matrix itself helped me re-frame how I think about my teaching. The article reference is below, and I think it is well worth the time to read.

On November 3rd, Sara Marcketti Professor and CELT Associate Director for SoTL, is leading a session on the DART Matrix. In this session, she will guide participants through a reflective exercise to consider the teaching activities they are currently engaged in and how they may further develop their teaching or SoTL practice in the future. Additionally, she will describe how faculty might use the DART matrix to document their teaching. To participate visit Documenting Your Teaching using the DART Matrix website.

We hope to see you there.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Kern, B., Mettetal, G., Dixson, M., & Morgan, R. K. (2015). The role of SoTL in the academy: Upon the 25th anniversary of Boyer’s scholarship reconsidered. JoSoTL Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 15(3), 1. doi:10.14434/josotl.v15i3.13623 Retrieved from