ENGAGED TEACHING FOR ENGAGED LEARNING
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) promotes teaching as a scholarly endeavor where “the work of the classroom [becomes] a site for inquiry, asking and answering questions about students’ learning in ways that can improve one’s own classroom and also advance the larger profession of teaching” (Huber and Hutchings, 2005). SoTL engages individuals in designing, conducting, and publishing research on teaching and learning. It also creates a community of practitioners who contribute to the body of knowledge about teaching and learning as well as benefit from the SoTL of others.
The Network of Teaching and Learning hosted the 1st bi-annual SoTL conference in a blended learning format on August 20-21, 2015 aimed at enabling AKU faculty and Aga Khan Development Network/AKU partners to join in conversations and collaborations on SoTL with one another from the regions AKU serves across Asia, Africa and the UK.
The conference was two days conference in a blended format. It was part of a larger celebration of teaching and learning at AKU which included instructional skills workshops for AKU faculty in East Africa and Pakistan. There were three plenary keynote sessions beamed via videoconference, concurrent sessions of face-to-face paper presentations on site in Karachi and Nairobi, and poster presentations on a virtual learning space.