Designing Your SoTL Project

Now comes the interesting part: designing a SoTL project of your own.

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), the University of Guelph, and Western University provide useful links for planning a SoTL research projects:

Each of these sites also discusses the types of data collection strategies you might consider, such as:

  • Portfolios
  • Interviews and focus groups
  • Observational research
  • Questionnaires
  • Experiments and quasi- experiments
  • Case studies
  • Secondary analysis of analytical data that may already exist

It is up to you to select the method that best suits your problem and intent.

The sample worksheet for planning a SoTL project, shown here, is provided through the link from Western University.

Getting Started with an SoTL Project

Extend Activity

  • Go to the template planning document at
  • In the File menu on Google Docs, select the menu item to make a copy of the template file. Rename the file for yourself and your plan.
  • Begin to build your own SoTL plan based on this module of study and its resource links.