Imagining SoTL: Selections from the Banff Symposium (IS), an open access publication, stems from the annual Symposium for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), hosted by Mount Royal University’s Institute for SoTL. 

The Institute is located in Treaty 7 territory, the hereditary homelands of the Niitsitapi (the Blackfoot Confederacy), Îyârhe Nakoda, and Tsuut'ina Nations. When asked to translate the name of the Institute for SoTL, Blackfoot elder Leo Fox gave word ksimstaani, which means ‘imagining.’ We name the publication after this inspiring way of thinking about SoTL as possibility and potential for transformation.

In our inaugural publication of Imagining SoTL (IS), we invite all presenters at the Symposium to submit full papers (4,000-6,000 words including references) based upon their presentations for peer review. We will publish a selection of original research contributions and commentaries on the scholarship of teaching and learning emerging from the Symposium. These may be research articles, reflective essays, calls for collaboration, reports on SoTL in practice, or other scholarly works that investigate teaching and learning in higher education. IS aims for high quality and values methodological richness and variety from a diversity of perspectives.