Classroom Research Seminar
As part of an ongoing initiative to support the scholarship of teaching and learning, the UW-La Crosse Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Work Group invites applications from faculty and instructional academic staff to participate in a year-long Classroom Research Program.  The purpose of the program is to help instructors develop classroom research skills and engage in scholarly inquiry of teaching and learning. Those selected to participate will take part in a classroom research seminar and undertake a project to investigate student learning in their own classes.
Classroom Research Seminar. We define classroom research broadly as systematic, disciplined inquiry that focuses on understanding student learning in one’s own classes. In classroom research, instructors investigate specific questions about how and why students learn or do not learn what they are taught. This form of inquiry can lead to significant improvement in one’s own teaching and to knowledge that can improve the practice of teaching in one’s field.
The Classroom Research Seminar is intended to help instructors develop classroom skills regardless of their prior level of experience. Participants will meet once or twice each month to examine ways to investigate student learning in their own classrooms. The seminar will also be a forum in which participants develop and revise their individual classroom inquiry projects. Several UW-L instructors will serve as peer consultants to seminar participants throughout the year.
Classroom Inquiry Project. Each participant will do a project to investigate how and why students learn or do not learn what they are taught, and then develop a strategy to improve student learning. Instructors will:
The project culminates in a campus presentation, and eventually in work that can be submitted for publication in a scholarly periodical.
The seminar will begin in February, 2004, and participants will be expected to start their projects during spring semester (e.g., develop their research focus, collect initial evidence of student learning, develop or redesign a class assignment, etc.).
How to apply. The SoTL Work Group will select 5-6 instructors to participate as Classroom Researchers during 2004-2005. Those selected will receive a $750 grant to support their activities. Applicants must be fulltime faculty or instructional academic staff members and agree to participate in the project for the entire year. We are particularly interested in applicants with little or no previous classroom inquiry experience, but anyone is welcome to apply.
Application deadline. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 9, 2004. Send one copy of the application via email to Bill Cerbin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2004-2005 Classroom Research Application
Deadline February 9, 2004
Email one copy of the application to Bill Cerbin, email@example.com