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SoTL Snapshots are brief summaries of a single research study on a topic related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The purpose of SoTL Snapshots is to provide faculty and instructors with evidence-based teaching strategies that can be used in the classroom. As clear language summaries, the Snapshots are not intended to be cited in a literature review or research paper; we recommend that you access the original articles (cited at the end of the SoTL Snapshot) for more information. Instead, Snapshots provide a brief overview of current teaching and learning research and are intended to provide inspiration to incorporate new strategies into your teaching practice.

Currently, we have SoTL Snapshots on the following topics, with more SoTL Snapshots being added regularly:

Teaching and Learning Activities

  • These Snapshots describe evidence-based teaching strategies that can be implemented in face-to-face or online classrooms to improve student learning.


  • These Snapshots describe innovative assignments to assess student learning. The Snapshots may include detailed descriptions of sample assignments and the original articles often include additional details including grading rubrics.

Academic Policies and Practices

  • These Snapshots detail changes to classroom policies and procedures that can improve student learning. For example, Snapshots included here detail research on late policies, policies for students with disabilities, and effective language to use on course syllabi.

Remote Teaching and Teaching with Technology

  • These Snapshots describe teaching, learning, and assessment techniques that incorporate technology and can be used in a remote or blended teaching environment.

More Information About SoTL Snapshots

The SoTL Snapshot project draws on the expertise of many members of the OTL team. Undergraduate co-op and work study students contributed to the design of the PDF template and webpages. Educational Developers carefully select articles to summarize based on criteria including relevance of the results to the University of Guelph teaching community. Undergraduate and co-op students, Graduate Educational Developers, and other members of the OTL team write the SoTL Snapshots. All writers were trained in clear language writing and Educational Developers in OTL review all SoTL Snapshots for accuracy and clarity.

The SoTL Snapshot project was inspired by similar clear language summary collections designed to mobilize research evidence. The SoTL Snapshot template is adapted with permission from Research Impact Canada. SoTL Snapshots can also compliment the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annotated Literature Database, a large database of 100-word summaries of SoTL literature.

SoTL Snapshots are licensed under the CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Canada License. This license allows you to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, as long as you cite the Office of Teaching and Learning as the creator of the Snapshot.

To cite SoTL Snapshots, we recommend the following citation format:

Snapshot author last name, first initial. (Snapshot publication date). Snapshot title. [Summary of Article author last name, First name. (Year). Journal article title). SoTL Snapshots. Website URL.

e.g., Saharan, S. (2020). Positive self-talk reduces public speaking anxiety. [Summary of Shadinger et al. (2019) The impact of a positive, self-talk statement on public speaking anxiety.] SoTL Snapshots.

For more information about the SoTL Snapshot project or to suggest an article to be summarized, please contact Jennifer Reniers ( or the Office of Teaching and Learning (