Center for Teaching and Learning

How are UW instructors engaging in SoTL?

At the University of Washington, instructors are engaging in SoTL as a way to address questions they might have about a particular method, approach, or strategy related to student learning.

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  • The Annual UW Seattle Teaching and Learning Symposium (takes place each Spring):
    Many of us are actively engaged in examining how teaching affects student learning. The Symposium provides a forum where all who share this interest can find out about the work colleagues are doing. The Symposium includes poster sessions and keynote panels and speakers.  For more information contact
  • The Annual UW Bothell Teaching and Learning Symposium (takes place each spring):
    The Symposium provides an opportunity for all of us in the teaching and learning community to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments and discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning in a forum dedicated to enriching the UW Bothell experience for faculty, staff and students.
  • Biology Education Research Group (BERG): Several faculty in the department of Biology founded the Biology Education Research Group (BERG) in 2005 to conduct research on classroom teaching methods and efficacy. Their mission is to improve students’ comprehension of course material, thereby enabling them to earn better grades. BERG Learning Community (BERG-LC) meets weekly.
  • Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT). Faculty and graduate students working with the CELT are engaged in a number of research projects examining how students best learn engineering. CELT also serves as a resource for the College of Engineering faculty members and teaching assistants to help them test out new teaching methodologies and technologies.
    CELT is also home to the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), an NSF-funded center focused on advancing scholarship in engineering teaching and learning, increasing the use of effective pedagogies in engineering classrooms and strengthening research and leadership skills of the engineering faculty and graduate student community.
    The most recent effort led by CELT is the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE).  CPREE’s goal is to improve engineering teaching across a wide range of student populations by targeting an essential but frequently neglected component for effective learning: reflection.  CPREE is funded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and engages engineering faculty from UW and 11 partner campuses around the country.
  • The Faculty Council on Teaching and Learning focuses on policies relating to improvement of teaching and learning at the University.
  • Physics Education Research Group The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington conducts a coordinated program of research, curriculum development and instruction to improve student learning in physics and physical science from kindergarten through graduate school.  The work of the group is guided by ongoing discipline-based research.