There are a growing number of both formal and informal communities of practice in learning and teaching at UNSW. These communities are formed around a shared area of interest in learning and teaching.
In addition to engaging in discussions and collaborative activities, communities often develop a shared repertoire of resources to support the development of learning and teaching practice. These resources might include experiences, strategies and approaches, teaching materials and ways of addressing recurring problems.
Communities focussed on different aspects of learning and teaching include:
Education Focussed Foundation Funding (EFFF) Communities of Practice (CoPs)
The Education Focussed (EF) career model offers a new career path for academics who are talented and passionate teachers. The EF career model will help deliver our UNSW 2025 Strategy by fostering educational excellence.
In 2017, the DVC(A) established the Education Focussed Foundation Funding (EFFF) scheme. The EFFF provides a one-off pool of funding for initiatives led by first cohort of academics appointed into EF roles. EFs were encouraged to pool their individual allocation to form larger group projects or Communities of Practice (CoPs).
Funding was provided for the design, development and delivery of initiatives that support the success of EF academics as well as educational excellence at School, Faculty or University level in line with the 2025 Strategy and the principles of the Scientia Educational Experience.
Some of the EFFF CoPs and their projects are listed here (link opens .pdf document in a new window).
Faculty Educational Developers (UNFED)
The University Network of Faculty Educational Developers (UNFED) is a multi-disciplinary network of UNSW staff with a genuine interest in and/or responsibility for educational development. UNFED presents a monthly faculty based seminar series showcasing faculty TELT activities. Network members help each other to solve problems as well as keep abreast of opportunities and emerging trends between monthly meetings.
Flipped Classroom Community of Practice
This multi-disciplinary network of UNSW staff was created to discover and disseminate various flipped classroom approaches at UNSW. The network meets, on average, two to four times a year to discover: (1) what each other is doing in this area; (2) to share good practices and (3) to discuss pedagogical (e.g., how to motivate students to undertake weekly tasks) and administrative challenges (e.g. work-load for out-of-classroom hours). Please email Kar Ming Chong if you would like more information or to join the Community of Practice.
Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT) Alumni Network Group
The aim of the FULT Alumni Network Group is to provide an opportunity for alumni to get together and explore the latest issues, innovations and future directions in higher education learning and teaching.The network will meet 3 times a year and supports the leadership potential of alumni as champions of learning and teaching.
Anyone who is a current UNSW staff member that has completed the FULT program in the past, is invited to be a part of the network. For more information, read more on the FULT Program page or email the FULT Program Team.
Global Citizenship Community of Practice
This network meets to discuss learning and teaching strategies relevant to the development of the UNSW graduate attribute of global citizenship. During sessions the audience is invited to discuss their needs, share good practice and ideas in relation to developing a global outlook for all UNSW students. New members are very welcome. Please email Ricardo Flores or Jacky Cranney if you would like more information or to join the Community of Practice.
Peer Evaluation Community of Practice
Peer evaluation (embracing review and assessment) engages students in the learning and teaching process and develops their capacity to reflect upon and critically evaluate their own learning and skill development. It supports the development of critical thinking, interpersonal and other skills, as well as enhancing understanding within the field of knowledge of a discipline.
Peer review and assessment applied to both process and product is finding ever-wider application at UNSW, facilitated increasingly through use of technology. This Peer EvaluationCoP, is a means of sharing experiences and pedagogies (the what and why) as well as the technologies (the hows), assisting those with interest to enhance or introduce peer processes in their learning and teaching activities. For further information please contact facilitators Julian Cox or Graeme Bushell.
Student Resilience and Success Community of Practice
This network of UNSW academic and student support staff, as well as students, has arisen from the recent focus on (a) the value of self-management as a graduate outcome, and (b) whole-of-university strategies to provide students with opportunities to flourish during their studies. These strategies include those integrated into the formal curriculum, and into co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. The network meets at least once a semester to (a) share new theory, research and evidence-based practice in this topic, and (b) provide opportunities for professional development and new collaborations.
Please email Annie Andrews or Jacky Cranney if you would like more information or to join the Community of Practice. Additionally, the resilience-success-network e-list supports this CoP by exploring the key ingredients that influence resilience and success whilst at university as well as in life beyond the academic community. You can join by registering your details at https://www.lists.unsw.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/resilience-success-network
Want to set up a learning and teaching community?
By exploring the community networks listed, you can find out what areas of learning and teaching your colleagues are interested in and identify groups in which you might like to participate and initiate contact or keeping in touch with colleagues.
The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) actively supports the development of learning and teaching communities at UNSW. If you would like more information or if you want to initiate or join a community network, please submit an enquiry.
TELT Admin & Support Network (TAN)
This network provided an opportunity for conversation and sharing of issues and ideas around local TELT implementation and administration issues. The TELT Network was facilitated by LTU staff and complemented the UNFED network and other TELT communication and information channels such as the Newsletter, Coffee Drop and Yammer forums. Members met approximately three times a semester.
The TELT Admins & eLearning Champions Group on Yammer is the most current network related to any TELT issues and ideas.