SoTL Walk!

We are all having to find ways to do our normal activities in a new dislocated and virtually supported world!  This weekend, I tried to think of creative ways to keep our monthly SoTL walk alive. As it turns out, this could be a great opportunity to grow the idea and reach out to wider communities!

Why would I join a SoTL Walk?

We’ve been hosting SoTL walks for a while now.  There are two main incentives…

  1. It gets you away from the desk, outside in the fresh air, doing some exercise. There is a lot of evidence to support the fact that getting out and about during the work day is good for physical and mental well-being, productivity and creative thinking.
  2. It is an opportunity to connect with people you don’t know well and have informal conversations about teaching and learning ideas outside of the more formal work scenarios (seminars, meetings etc).

The challenge now is to re-conceptualise the ‘walk’ to keep these two elements (exercise and informal connected conversation) alive.

How it works

Usually on a SoTL walk, we walk together and chat (often in 3s or 4s) about a teaching and learning topic chosen by the group.

To transfer online, we need to be a bit more structured. So, I’ve devised a three step plan:

1  Walk:  Get outside and go for a 30 minute walk.  Take something with you to record your experience – either a phone/camera or a notepad and pencil (for noting and sketching).

2  Think:  Whilst you are walking, think about the following provocation:

Bridging Gaps!  As we pivot to online, what gaps are emerging in your teaching and learning practice? How are you having to adapt your work to bridge these gaps?

3  Share: When you return from your walk, share your reflections online with others. Respond to their ideas too!

Join now!

The Melbourne SEH ADG team will be walking on the afternoon of Wednesday 25th March. But if you can’t walk then (especially if you are based in another time zone!) that doesn’t matter – walk at a time that suits you this week (23-27 March).  Of course, make sure that you follow all of the local rules about social distancing etc.- walk safe!

Once you have captured your thoughts, you need to share them. Included an image (a photo, video or sketch) and some words which explain your thoughts. There are two options for sharing:

  1. Twitter – use the hashtag #sotlwalk
  2. Padlet – use the embedded version below, or if you prefer login straight to padlet

Made with Padlet

[You will see that Dr Taylor Jnr has led the way with an example post – feel free to include your walking companions in your reflections and postings!]

At the end of the week, I will attempt to capture all of the postings and discussions in a ‘2 minute read’ blog post.

Any questions email me ( or DM on Twitter (@taylor_dr).


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