A Pedagogy of Slow: Integrating Experiences of Physical and Virtual Gallery Spaces to Foster Critical Engagement in SoTL





slow looking, visual thinking strategies, dialogic teaching


This article makes a case for SoTL practitioners to engage in what we term a pedagogy of slow. Here, “slow” connotes with waiting and patience. It takes time to learn and acquire the skills that a SoTL scholar needs. “Doing SoTL” we therefore argue, requires a pedagogy that takes time and sees time as an ally instead of as an opponent. In what the university has become, there seems little room for a pedagogy of slow that both offers and allows for time. In this article we present a case for considering engagement with the visual arts as part of a pedagogy of slow and the development of SoTL. By making the familiar strange, we acknowledge the implications of visual thinking strategies for social engagement by highlighting teaching and learning as relational. Working with colleagues in the context of continuing professional development, we collected data via focus groups and written reflections within physical and virtual gallery spaces to glean insight into participant experiences of slow looking as the antithesis to fast-paced and pressurised environments. We highlight how learning to become a SoTL scholar is an iterative process that requires time and generates what we term “productive friction.” This is the iterative process which creates dislocation and uncertainty within participants, but which also has the capacity to nudge towards a transformation of the professional self.

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Author Biographies

Briony Supple, University College Cork

Briony Supple is senior lecturer in design thinking pedagogy and praxis in the School of Education at University College Cork, Ireland.

James G. R. Cronin, University College Cork

James G.R Cronin is college lecturer in teaching and learning enhancement in the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning at University College Cork, Ireland.


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Educators respond to a prompt to draw an object or person which struck them the most from a selected online artwork.




How to Cite

Supple, Briony, and James G. R. Cronin. 2023. “A Pedagogy of Slow: Integrating Experiences of Physical and Virtual Gallery Spaces to Foster Critical Engagement in SoTL”. Teaching and Learning Inquiry 11 (January). https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.11.2.