CHERP aims to develop and encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and pedagogic research at Ulster by building scholarly communities of practice and disseminating the findings of SoTL activities through our best practice events, internal pedagogic journal, Perspectives on Pedagogy & Practice. and online learning and teaching repository.

We also seek to encourage staff to develop greater linkages between teaching and research. We also offer CPD opportunities and occasional funding for projects with the objective of enhancing teaching practices and the student experience.

It is important to define SoTL and pedagogic research and clarify the key differences between these two related concepts. There are many definitions of SoTL but the following points encompass the core aspects of the activity. SoTL:

Going a step further than SoTL enquiries, the objective of pedagogic research is to contribute to knowledge about learning and teaching and inform a broader audience that exists beyond the local context of the work. Kreber (2007:5) suggests that SoTL projects can be an important foundation ‘that may eventually evolve into full-fledged pedagogical research’.

The following publication provides a useful introduction to SoTL:

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Research Output

List of CHERP's recent research activity.


Journal Archive 2010 to 2016 - Perspectives on Practice and Pedagogy - Centre for Higher Education Research & Practice.

Peer Supported Review (PSR)

PSR gives staff the opportunity to develop their professional practice with the help of a supportive colleague.

MEd Artefacts

Authentic assessment is central to the ethos of Ulster's MEd.

Ethics Filter Committee

Research governance is a process for managing research.

Case Studies

CHERP case studies.

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