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Developing Cross-Institutional Communities of Academic Practice: From Groundhog Day to The Wizard of Oz. Maureen Dawson Rachel Forsyth Robert Ready. Groundhog Day. Big institution; Similar concerns; Repetition of projects;

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Developing Cross-Institutional Communities of Academic Practice: From Groundhog Day to The Wizard of Oz

Maureen Dawson

Rachel Forsyth

Robert Ready

groundhog day
Groundhog Day

Big institution;

Similar concerns;

Repetition of projects;

Lack of structure for informal guidance rather than formal regulation;

Central support challenged by all this!

conversations action
Conversations → Action
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
      • SLTFs;
      • FAPs;
  • Communities of Practice (CoPs)
      • Speed dating;
      • Consultation;
      • All staff email.
communities of practice
Communities of Practice
  • Assessment,
  • Blended Learning,
  • Diversity and Inclusion,
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum,
  • PDP,
  • Scholarship and Learning,
  • Student Feedback and Experience,
  • Student Support and Retention,
  • Staff Development,

and………..

further developments
Further developments

MMU e-learning Pathfinder project (May07-08)

‘The broad aim of this project is to understand the barriers and enablers of inter and intra faculty collaboration on the development, use and re-use of e-learning resources and to therefore increase such collaborative activity by managed change’

Bill Johnstone, Robin Johnson

Work Package : From SIGs to CoPs

central co ordination
Central Co-ordination
  • Facilitating communication between CoP members;
  • Facilitating links between the CoPs and CeLT;
  • Facilitating dissemination of CoP activities;
  • Involving the CoPs in decision-making processes within the institution;
  • Facilitating CoP-related research.
communication
Communication
  • Email;
  • Face to Face;
  • Webpages;
  • Wikis;
  • Annual Away Day (SLTFs, FAPs, CoPs and CeLT: Working together to share good practice)
cop activities
CoP activities

discuss aspects of learning/teaching and assessment;

arrange meetings;

exchange information (about conferences, seminars, resources, funding opportunities);

seek help;

offer advice;

comment on and/or propose policy and framework documents;

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CoP activities
  • work on documents and presentations;
  • send reports of meetings arrange and publicise workshops;
  • provide focus groups (for other projects);
  • draw up research proposals;
  • offer to supervise research projects;
cop activities12
CoP activities
  • request and/or provide speakers for internal and external events;
  • invite expressions of interest (eg in external projects);
  • produce resources collaboratively;
  • survey members’ opinions;
assessment cop
Assessment CoP
  • drafting an assessment framework;
  • guidance for thorny issues;
    • penalties for excessive word length in submissions,
    • guidance on student assessment workload,
    • students answering too many exam questions,
  • research projects;
  • tips, advice, shared experiences;
diverse activities
Diverse activities

email list;

wiki – essential for drafting;

presentations,

Wizard of Oz,

It’s a Wonderful Life.

where we are now
Where we are now
  • Some reorganisation;
  • Some additions;
    • Web2,
    • Second Life,
    • Programme Leaders,
    • Aid4A.
  • Some deletions;
  • Some guidelines/ground rules.
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