How is the JSOTL Forum organized?
This is a one-day virtual conference that will begin with opening remarks and include a plenary or keynote session as well as a working lunch meeting of the professional military education Faculty Consortium. All PME educators are welcome to attend the working lunch meeting, which will be facilitated by Dr. Lauren MacKenzie of Marine Corps University. Throughout the day, there will be multiple breakout presentations of research in 7 conference tracks. Those tracks include: (1) evidence-based instructional strategies, (2) faculty development, (3) assessment, (4) learning theories and andragogy, (5) distributed learning, (6) educational technology, and (7) research methods in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal for a 20-minute presentation or a 60-minute panel discussion. Proposal submissions are due by 26 March via the Teaching and Learning Center website . Reviewers will consider proposals sharing completed research, research-in-progress, and initial findings from pilot programs. If submitting a proposal, you will be asked to share your research questions and methods, how your project is a new contribution to the existing literature on the topic, and the implications of your project for professional military education. Selection decisions will be shared in early April.
Registration is free and available on the Air University Teaching and Learning Center website until 30 April. If you are a government user, we encourage you to access the registration link from a non-NIPR computer.
What is the intended audience of the JSOTL Forum?
First and foremost, this conference focuses on professional military education. We welcome attendees from military and government backgrounds, both in the U.S. and internationally, as well as our colleagues in civilian higher education and K-12 education. Some presentations may also interest those who work in the educational technology industry. The free and virtual format of the JSOTL Forum ensures it is accessible to as many people as possible. Last year, 103 different organizations around the world were represented.
What is the scholarship of teaching and learning?
Just like other scientific fields of inquiry, the scholarship of teaching and learning is a field of research. Research questions can investigate all facets of teaching, learning, and instructional design, in multiple perspectives and in diverse environments. Methods to explore these questions can be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. In some cases, the scholarship of teaching and learning includes applied research where interventions, such as the use of a new type of technology, are introduced to the learning environment. A question that might be posed in that case is “Do students learn better because of this technology?” The study would be carefully designed to consider what indicators of performance or behavior suggest that students learn better and how those indicators can be linked to the use of this certain technology.
The opening and closing remarks, plenary session, and working lunch meeting of the PME Faculty Consortium will be recorded for later viewing.
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