Research on Teaching and Learning

Research on teaching, or the Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (SoTL), is a growing movement in post-secondary education that seeks to understand or improve student learning and the teaching approaches and practices that affect student learning. SoTL is a scholarly activity in which an instructor engages in careful planning, evaluation, and dissemination of their study in order to inform their own teaching and also to influence practice beyond their own classroom. It is practiced across all disciplines in higher education and thus employs a wide range of lenses and methods. The principles of best practice in SoTL (Felten 2013) are that an inquiry is:

  • Focused on student learning
  • Grounded in context (both in the literature and in a teaching-learning context)
  • Conducted using sound methodology
  • Conducted in partnership with students (ethics approval, at a minimum)
  • Disseminated to contribute to both knowledge and practice

CTL provides resources, workshops, grants, and consultations to support and conduct SoTL research and to connect scholars across the institution.

About SoTL

Getting Started:


Multidisciplinary SoTL Journals:

We are working towards building a database of UAlberta scholarship on teaching and learning. In the meantime, this page provides summaries of research and links to research conducted by faculty across the University. If you are an instructor at the University who has published research on teaching and learning in the last 10 years, email us at with the citation and link and we'll add your work to our collection.

Faulty of Arts

Roger Graves

David Kahane

Augustana Faculty

Neil Haave

Roxanne Harde

Glen Hvenegaard

Morten Asfeldt

Sean Moore

Faculty of Education

Norma Nocente

Carla Peck

Faculty of Engineering

Janice Miller-Young

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

David Chorney

  • Chorney, & D., Stecyk, R. (2015). Increasing student engagement in physical education. Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance,47(1), p. 15-20.

Billy Strean

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ken Cor

Faculty of Science

Anna Rissanen