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25th February 2017
In February, Trevor Cullen and Dawn Bennett attended the 1st world summit of the International Federation for national Teaching Fellows in Birmingham, England. Both fellows presented on their work. The IFNTF is going from strength to strength, with members from the UK and Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and emerging links with countries such as India. Attendees debated the definition of teaching excellence, including its ‘measurement’ in the new UK Teaching Excellence Framework. Excellence was also considered in three strands: high-impact pedagogies, excellence within the disciplines, and learning gain.
17th February 2017
3rd February 2017
Why is it so difficult to establish and sustain Communities of Practice (CoPs) in Higher Education? Several reasons, CoPs may be better suited to industry, academics are time jealous, and traditional facilitation (leadership) skills are challenged. Jacquie McDonald’s 2010-2012 Fellowship “CDP: community, domain, practice: facilitator catch cry for revitalising learning and teaching through communities of practice,” addressed these issues. It aimed to implement Communities of Practice (CoPs) to support learning and teaching in Higher Education using a robust and practical organising structure, and also researching and capacity-building the CoP facilitator’s role. The Fellowship report provides an outline of activities, research findings and resources.