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:
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.
Work Integrated Learning Educators (WILEd)
The University Network of Work Integrated Learning Educators (WILEd) is a network for staff involved in work integrated learning opportunities such as professional placements, volunteering, mentoring, internships, fieldwork, industrial training, cooperative education, field education and service learning.
TELT Admin & Support Network (TAN)
This network provides an opportunity for conversation and sharing of issues and ideas around local TELT implementation and administration issues. The TELT Network is facilitated by LTU staff and complements the UNFED network and other TELT communication and information channels such as the Newsletter, Coffee Drop and Yammer forums. Members meet approximately three times a semester. Please submit an enquiry if you would like more information or to join this network.
Flipped Classroom Community of Practice
This multi-disciplinary network of UNSW staff has arisen from the recent focus on flipped classroom at UNSW. The network meets bi-monthly to discover (1) what each other is doing in this area; (2) to share good practice 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.
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
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.
Want to set up a group?
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 Learning and Teaching Unit 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.