Using the DART Matrix to Document Your Teaching

Using the DART Matrix to Document Your Teaching

An 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.”

The quadrants of the matrix

As part of their research, the authors conceptualized teaching-related activities using two dimensions resulting in four quadrants (see the DART Matrix image or the image below). 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. Faculty who have used this method found that the concept and the matrix itself helped re-frame how to document teaching.

Ideas for documenting teaching checklist

The Ideas for Documenting Teaching checklist refers to many types of documentation from the perspective of the faculty member, colleagues, and students. Most teaching awards, annual evaluations, and promotion and tenure documents have guidelines telling you what you must include, but may allow for additional information. Provide explanations and examples as you are able. Do not assume that the reader will understand why the items included demonstrate the quality and impact of your teaching.

To begin your documentation, download the Documenting Evidence of Effective Teaching (PDF).



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