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 inquiry into all aspects of teaching and learning at SFU.

Teaching and learning 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 university-wide to support inquiry into teaching and learning.

In addition to supporting grant programs, the ISTLD also engages in other activities to realize its mandate. For example, the Amundsen Fellow program (formerly Dewey Fellowship) offers faculty members who have completed at least one grant 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 its grant programs (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).