About the ISTLD

The mandate of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD)as approved by the SFU Senate in 2007, is to inspire, support, and enhance faculty-led inquiry into all aspects of teaching and learning at SFU.

Faculty-led inquiry attends to the five widely accepted principles of good practice in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as initially described by Boyer (1990) and further refined by Felton (2013): inquiry focused on student learning; grounded in context; methodologically sound; conducted in partnership with students; and appropriately public (p. 122).

Built from a grass-roots faculty collaborative in 2007, the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD) works with faculty members university-wide to support inquiry into teaching and learning. The Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG) program is a core part of ISTLD’s work.  

In addition to supporting the TLDG program, the ISTLD also engages in other activities to realize its mandate. For example, the Dewey Fellow program offers faculty members who have completed at least one TLDG project to spend a year working with the ISTLD in a variety of ways and to conduct teaching and learning research that goes beyond their own practice.

The ISTLD conducts an ongoing evaluation of the TLDG program (see reports) and other ISTLD activities, and contributes to the literature devoted to program evaluation and the scholarship of teaching and learning (see ISTLD team publications + presentations).