There are a myriad of resources available both internally and externally that can support your SoTL work. Some of the resources we have identified are listed below based on the broad stage of your project.
Getting Approval to Work with Human Subjects
- The UCF Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for reviewing and approving research involving human subjects. The IRB reviews study applications, protocols, content documents, and participant materials in order to ensure the study and all materials meet federal regulations, state statutes, and UCF policies. If you have not yet worked with the IRB, give them a call to help get you started.
Finding Funding for SoTL Research
- Office of Research at UCF – provides funding opportunities for faculty members, including internal and external sources and provides guidelines for developing proposals and preparing budgets.
- Department of Education – provides a list of sites offering grants to individuals through the DOE.
- FIPSE Grant Database – the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education provides an online, searchable database for funding opportunities related to teaching and learning.
- Grants and Awards, POD Network – the Professional and Organizational Development Network provides grants and awards for faculty that “contribute new knowledge or tools to the field of instructional, faculty, and organizational development.”
- Community of Science – hosts a comprehensive database that allows you to search for funding resources for any discipline.
Sources of Data and Support for Analysis
- Institutional Knowledge Management (IKM) at UCF is the official source of institutional data for the university. Upon request, IKM can provide you with data that can support SoTL work. They can also assist with data analysis.
- Operational Excellence and Assessment Support (OEAS) supports the assessment and and analyses of academic programs and administrative units. The OEAS Knowledgebase contains the following surveys and their results: Entering Students, Graduating Seniors, First Destination, National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE), Foundation of Excellence Reports, and brief topical reports. OEAS can also assist with data analysis on certain projects.
- The UCF Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE) specifically evaluates the impact of online and blended courses. RITE offers consultations on research design, development of assessment instruments, data analysis, and dissemination of SoTL work.
Sharing Your SoTL Work
- Teaching Journals Directory. An extensive list of SoTL journals, which can be filtered by discipline or topic, can be found at the website for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University.
- Teaching Conferences Directory. A similar list of conferences, which can be filtered by location in addition to discipline or topic, can be found at the same website.
- Liz Grauerholz provided this presentation from the perspective of an editor of a SoTL journal, sketching the common features of both successful and unsuccessful publishing attempts.
- Where to Publish? – Link to information compiled by the UCF Libraries containing general and discipline-specific guides to publishing, journal rankings, and other sources of information.
- See http://www.in-cites.com/research/ for the SCI and Web of Science “top journals” in various areas.