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Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership (ETLP)

Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership (ETLP) is a classroom-oriented SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) research program that enables high school and college faculty to work together to improve teaching and learning.

Each cohort participates in a year-long community of inquiry that enables high school and university faculty to investigate common questions about student learning, leading to improved teaching at both the high school and college level.

Program Objectives

ETLP bridges the divide that often exists between high school and post-secondary teachers. Participants in the program work together to investigate specific problems in student learning. For example, they may look for more effective methods to help students understand abstract mathematical concepts.

  • create inquiry groups focused on common problems of teaching
  • provide high quality faculty development opportunities for high school teachers and college faculty
  • facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship between Elon University and nearby public schools.        

Project Goal: To improve Teaching and Learning

The program enables high school and college faculty to work together to improve teaching and learning.

ETLP partners confront pedagogical challenges experienced everyday in the classroom, including:

  • Exploring how feedback from diagnostic assessments is related to student mastery of concepts.
  • Exploring whether and how students use French language resources in their non-French academic coursework.

ETLP First Year Summarized in Presentations at ISSOTL and POD

"Our project began with the question: What happens when teacher-scholars come together across disciplines and across teaching levels to create a collaborative community of inquiry? We report here on the initial progress of the first cohort of 15 high school teachers and university professors in the Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Our participants teach in the humanities, social and natural sciences: all reported that they feel very confident in their abilities as teachers but almost all were SoTL novices and reported low initial confidence in their ability to carry out classroom research."

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Funding

The Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership is made possible through a grant by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, which awards grants primarily in the areas of private higher education, secondary education, graduate theological education, health care and public television.

ETLP Facilitators

Peter Felten
Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning
Phone: (336) 278-6609          E-mail:  pfelten@elon.edu

Katie King
Associate Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning
Phone: (336) 278-6449          E-mail:  kingcath@elon.edu

Megan Isaac
Associate Professor of English
Phone: (336) 278-6480          E-mail:  misaac2@elon.edu