The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching supports the establishment of cross-discipline teaching and learning focussed Communities of Practice (CoPs) and Interest Groups.
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Other Flinders CoPs
Communities of Practice (CoPs) and Interest Groups at Flinders University are supported by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching. They aim to promote the development of good teaching and learning practice across discipline and college boundaries.
Flinders CoPs promote collegiality and trust. CoPs are groups of people who, through regular meetings share a common area of interest that increases their individual and collective knowledge. Flinders CoPs
- are voluntarily facilitated by Flinders University staff;
- membership is not limited by disciplinary or staff classification boundaries;
- institutional expectations have not been imposed; and
- knowledge creation and outcomes are driven by members.
The following CoPs currently operate:
Education Focus CoPBack to Top
One of the exciting things about the Education Focus appointments is the opportunity it provides to bring people together.
Membership of the related university-wide Community of Practice (CoP) reflects the wide range of experiences and disciplines from which Education Focus appointees have come, while also underlining their common interests.
The first appointments to such positions were in 2012. This new category of academic employment represents an opportunity, especially through the CoP, for staff to meet and discuss issues of teaching scholarship that inform their own practice, with the goal of making further improvement and to capitalise on opportunities that emerge. Initial discussions between Education Focus CoP members involved topics such as conducting peer evaluation across disciplines, and mentoring of teaching, so one can see that it operates in part as a support and development group guided by the interests of its members.
It is expected that these members will increasingly act as organisers and catalysts of activities in their own areas, potentially bringing new processes and thinking from the CoP into their workplaces. That is where a key benefit should emerge, as each Education Focus person starts to encourage a dialogue on pedagogical issues, perhaps through discussion groups or seminars that encourage others to engage.
An Education Focus conference in November 2012 revolved around areas of mutual interest among the members, and we have continued with such end of year gatherings, which include presentations by high profile guest speakers in the tertiary education field.
The CoP generally meets twice each semester, with additional discussion and/or project group gatherings, as necessary. The meetings are open to staff who are not in Education Focus positions, in order to foster a broader conversation. You are very welcome to participate, including offering suggestions for subjects that the CoP could discuss and act on.
Dr Debbie Charter
ePortfolio CoPBack to Top
This Community of Practice (CoP) is for all University staff with an interest in ePortfolios. This is a space to share, experiment, learn and develop expertise with the use of ePortfolios in higher education teaching and learning. The meetings, facilitated by Nicci Parkin and Cassandra Hood from the Centre of Innovation in Learning and Teaching, run for one hour. To register your interest in joining the ePortfolio CoP please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovation and Enterprise Community of PracticeBack to Top
The future of work is changing profoundly. Many industries, jobs and career paths will be disrupted or become obsolete in the next 10-15 years. Teaching students to be innovative and professionally agile will give them resilience and a market edge in a rapidly changing environment. Managing this change is a challenge for all of us.
The Innovation & Enterprise Community of Practice has been formed to:
- Promote and support Innovation & Enterprise Education across the University;
- Build a collaborative knowledge base and develop best practice; and
- Position Flinders as leaders in innovative education.
The sessions aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and insights on navigating an increasingly unknowable future, whether as a student, an educator, a researcher, an employer or an educational institution.
Learning Analytics CoPBack to Top
Analytics takes various forms and accordingly has different names. The Learning Analytics Community of Practice (LACoP) predominantly focusses on the “digital footprints” left by students and staff as part of their teaching and learning endeavours. It explores many aspects of learning analytics to enhance the curriculum and identify the resources students are using and may not be using. Our approach includes the use of predictive analytics for student attrition and retention, the early identification of students at risk of failing topics as well as the use of analytics to enhance the curriculum and explore student learning behaviours. To find out more about how analytics are used at Flinders and how they can help you or if you are willing to share what you are currently doing in the area of Analytics join the LACoP by contacting: Ann Luzeckyj. If you want to know more about the LACoP read our IRU Case Study.
CNHS Creative and Innovative Teaching and Learning GroupBack to Top
This Community of Practice (also known as FYCoP) has been established for all staff who work with first year students. Both academic and general staff are welcome to attend. The FYCoP meets monthly for an hour and a half. Ideas about how to support the diverse needs of first year students and develop curriculum that encourages them to succeed are explored and shared over coffee and morning or afternoon tea. Topics of interest are generated by the group and scheduled at the beginning of each year.
Members of the FYCoP presented a Nuts and Bolts paper at the 2010 and 2012 First Year in Higher Education Conference. These papers which discuss the FYCoP are: Formally calling the CoPs for staff working with first year students and Using Australian Survey of Student Engagement data to stimulate discussion in a First Year Community of Practice.
Meetings are arranged on different days and at different times in an effort to avoid clashes with teaching and so that members have greater opportunity to attend. For further information on dates and times of meetings or to register your interest in participating please contact:
Writing Across the Curriculum and Inside the DisciplinesBack to Top
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) in higher education is a movement that embeds literacy development and writing practices within the disciplines, from entry to exit. More than learning to write, WAC promotes writing to learn. WAC recognises the importance of discursive communities and the ways in which critical thinking and writing are co-constructed:
- writing is an expression of thinking and the writing process helps one think through and with new ideas and concepts;
- disciplines constitute distinct discourses with orientations to knowledge and practices that manifest in communication genres, form, and style;
- writing and communication skills are not learnt once and for all, but rather, develop continuously in contexts;
- professions, careers, and work-lives of graduates will require them to be skilled communicators capable of writing within and across boundaries, for different purposes, and to a myriad of audiences.
WAC complements writing instruction, like Academic and Professional Communication (COMS1001), and understands writing and communication to be everyone's responsibility. WAC aims to bring together classroom academics with teaching and learning specialists from units like CUT and SLC. Importantly, WAC is not based in a deficit model and it does not approach writing practice and instruction as remediation.
The initial purposes in developing a CoP around WAC are manifold: to identify where WAC practices are underway at Flinders; to share our practices with one another; to support one another in our efforts to sustain and improve; and to promote WAC more broadly.
Further information including meeting dates, times and related resources are available on the Writing Across the Curriculum and Inside the Disciplines: A Community of Practice web site.