Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Greetings Faculty and Colleagues:  


SoTL is a collegial forum focusing on faculty interests with regards to strengthening teaching and learning at UNC. SoTL provides faculty and instructors with the opportunity to critically reflect upon and explore teaching and classroom inquiry within their own courses and to investigate current pedagogical approaches and issues relevant to students’ learning and campus culture.  

David Kendrick, Director, CETL

Teaching and Learning Fair 2015

Keynote Address: Facilitating Discussions for Critical Thinking
Discussions are common teaching methods for promoting critical thinking and reflective thought among students. However, discussions can suffer from surface-level responses, uneven participation, and a lack of direction. In this workshop, participants will explore a framework for facilitating discussions toward deeper inquiry and walk through the dissection of a sample discussion. We will share and explore best practice in facilitation as well as possible question stems and questioning strategies. 

Bridget Arend is the Director of University Teaching at the University of Denver. She works in the Office of Teaching and Learning, consulting with faculty members, running workshops, and organizing teaching-related initiatives. Bridget received her Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Higher Education and publishes on topics related to assessment and encouraging critical thinking in online learning environments. She also teaches courses at DU in online, on-campus, and hybrid formats. Bridget recently co-authored a book about college teaching, Facilitating seven ways of learning: A resource for more purposeful, effective and enjoyable college teaching.

Lightning Talk Topics:

  • The influence of instructional humor on educational outcomes…
  • Promoting Physical and Mental Health in a College Course.
  • Twitter in the Classroom.
  • Beat the boredom with blended learning!
  • How Can we Encourage Students to take ownership of Their Reading Practices?
  • Outcome Assessments Can be Learning Experiences Too.
  • Emotional Intelligence and Decision Making.
  • Improving your online (and face-to-face) course with Quality Matters
  • Blackboard Mobile
March 26, 2015
11:30am - 1:30pm
UC Panorama Room


Click here for the Teaching & Learning Fair flyer