About the cluster

Auckland University of Technology’s Centre for Learning And Teaching (CfLAT) established a research cluster exploring the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning (SoTEL) http://sotel.nz in 2017. The research cluster is now supported by the Faculty of Culture and Society. The SoTEL research cluster is coordinated by Dr Thomas Cochrane and Dr Vickel Narayan. The aim of the SoTEL research cluster is to utilise rigorous scholarly research methodologies such as Design Based Research (DBR) to critically explore the impact of new technologies upon teaching and learning (McKenney & Reeves, 2012; Amiel & Reeves, 2008), underpinned by an updated version of Boyer’s (1990) concept of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) as defined by Haynes (2016). The SoTEL research cluster was officially launched alongside AUT’s inaugural SoTEL Symposium held at AUT South 15-16 February 2018.

The SoTEL research cluster aims to provide PhD supervision expertise, flexible avenues for professional development and global networking via cMOOC participation and CMALT accreditation (Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology), support for establishing SoTEL research clusters throughout the University, and showcasing of innovative collaborative research informed practice through the annual SoTEL Symposium. We are active participants of international SoTEL networks such as ALT and ASCILITE, and currently coordinate the ASCILITE Mobile Learning Special Interest Group (http://ascilitemlsig.wordpress.com). Anyone interested in participating in the SoTEL research cluster is welcome to contact thomas.cochrane@aut.c.nz (now cochrane.t@unimelb.edu.au) or vickel.narayan@sydney.edu.au

The SoTEL research cluster uses an ecology of resources model (Figure 1) to support the activity of the cluster, this includes a range of social media tools for building individual portfolios, community, collaboration, and communication, using a common hashtag (#SoTELNZ), through a cluster hub at http://sotel.nz, from which our activities such as the CMALT cMOOC can be accessed (#cmaltcmooc). In 2019 the previous G+ Community was replaced with a Moodle Social Forum at https://community.sotel.nz.

Figure 1: CMALT cMOOC Ecology of Resources.

Figure 2: Design Based Research (Ariel & Reeves, 2008)


Amiel, T., & Reeves, T. (2008). Design-Based Research and Educational Technology: Rethinking Technology and the Research Agenda. Educational Technology & Society, 11(4), 29-40.

Boyer, E. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: priorities of the professoriate. Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Haynes, D. (2016). Introducing SOTEL. International Journal for the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(1), 1-2. McKenney, S., & Reeves, T. (2012). Conducting educational design research. London: Routledge.

McKenney, S., & Reeves, T. (2012). Conducting educational design research. London: Routledge.