Workshop Series on Communities of Practice (CoPs) (10-15 July 2013)

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Abstract

The following workshops provide a sequential approach to developing CoPs. Workshop 1 provides a broad overview and context. Workshop 2 provides a general planning session. Workshop 3 includes planning with an emphasis on developing the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and recommendations for ways that CoPs enable their members to use SoTL (evidence-based teaching) and produce SoTL (classroom research). Workshop 4 provides insights about and recommendations for facilitating  CoPs. Workshop 5 carries us to discuss how to assess CoPs impact on student learning, participant development and institutional culture. The concluding seminar addresses some recommendations and what we have learnt from CoPs that helps sustain SoTL.

Facilitator

Milton D. Cox

Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment Miami University Director, Lilly Conference on College Teaching Editor-In-Chief, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching Editor-In-Chief, Learning Communities Journal Miami University, Oxford, OH  45056 (513) 529-9266 coxmd@muohio.edu

Series Outline

Date Time Venue Workshop Title
10 July (Wed) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ACC 209 Communities of Practice: Bridges that Close Gaps and Connect Us to Our Colleagues, Institution, Opportunities, and Change
12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ACC 209 Connections-building Lunch Gathering
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. ACC 209 Designing, Implementing and Facilitating Communities of Practice: Overview and an Opportunity to Ask Questions and Start Planning
11 July (Thu) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ACC 209 Designing and Implementing  Communities of Practice to Foster the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Effective Projects, Assessment, Presentations and Publication
12 July (Fri) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ACC 209 Facilitating Communities of Practice: Ensuring Effective CoPs in Higher Education
15 July (Mon) 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ACC 209 Building a Culture for Assessment: the Impact of Communities of Practice
2:30 to 4:00 p.m. ACC 209 What We Have Learned From Communities of Practice that Helps Sustain Them and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Today

Individual consultation meetings can also be arranged with Dr. Cox in the afternoon of 11 and 12 July 2013. Please send an email to chtl@hkbu.edu.hk if you would like to make an appointment.

Session Details

Workshop 1 – Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Title: Communities of Practice: Bridges that Close Gaps and Connect Us to Our Colleagues, Institution, Opportunities, and Change
Abstract: Why is community so important now? Community is often missing in higher education, where connections across classrooms, disciplines, and curricula are broken. Beyond the classroom, what are the ways that learning communities help achieve student, faculty, and institutional learning objectives? This workshop will provide opportunities to reflect on these questions, examine evidence of learning community success and consider ways to engage communities of practice that can benefit your students, colleagues, and institution.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Venue: ACC209
Participants: For anyone interested in  CoPs.

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Connections-building Lunch Gathering – Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Abstract: A lunch gathering on the first day will also offer an opportunity to discuss issues on CoP themes, share ideas and make new connections. Colleagues will also engage in a community building exercise by meeting with each other, discussing interests, deciding on a name for their community, sketching a drawing of the community name or theme and selecting a facilitator of the group. The objective of this community building exercise is to give colleagues a chance to experience a CoP in higher education.
Time: 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Venue: ACC209

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Workshop 2 – Wednesday, 10 July 2013

 
Title: Designing, Implementing and Facilitating Communities of Practice: Overview and an Opportunity to Ask Questions and Start Planning
Abstract: This workshop gives those interested in investigating the structured, academic, Communities of Practice (CoPs) concept a forum in which to learn about and consider the feasibility of and approaches to initiating a CoPs project. We will discuss and engage effective models, start-up strategies, and planning with some of the CoP’s decision points.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: ACC209
Participants: For anyone interested in planning for and participating in CoPs, including potential coordinators or members of CoPs.

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Workshop 3 – Thursday, 11 July 2013

Title: Designing and Implementing  Communities of Practice to Foster the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Effective Projects, Assessment, Presentations and Publication
Abstract: What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)? We will examine the role of teaching projects, assessment of student learning, professional presentations, and publication of SoTL. This workshop will give those interested in exploring the Communities of Practice (CoPs) concept a forum in which to consider the feasibility of and approaches to initiating a CoP project. We will discuss some of the models and components of CoPs and ways that CoPs foster development of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Venue: ACC209
Participants: For anyone interested in undertaking CoPs or SoTL.

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Workshop 4 – Friday, 12 July 2013

Title: Facilitating Communities of Practice: Ensuring Effective CoPs in Higher Education
Abstract: An important outcome of a recent study of  CoPs finds that the facilitator plays a key role in building a successful and productive community of practice. In this workshop we will discuss successful facilitation and the skills and personal qualities that contribute to an effective facilitator. It will provide some brief cases about facilitating  CoPs and recommendations for effective facilitation.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Venue: ACC209
Participants: For principal coordinators, coordinators and members of CoPs.

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Workshop 5 – Monday, 15 July 2013

Title: Building a Culture for Assessment: the Impact of Communities of Practice
Abstract: There are gaps in higher education that have resisted closure since the 1920s: gaps between department silos, gaps rendering curricula non-integrative, and gaps between “new” and traditional teaching approaches that assessment evidence shows no longer produces optimum learning for our students. Communities of practice have generated ways to begin to close these gaps and build programs based on assessment, learning, and community. These approaches enhance and verify our learning and that of our students.
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Venue: ACC209
Participants: For anyone interested in assessment and CoPs.

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Concluding Seminar – Monday, 15 July 2013

Title: What We Have Learned From Communities of Practice that Helps Sustain Them and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Today
Abstract: This session examines the role that 3 areas have in developing the Teaching Excellence: communities of practice, presentations of Teaching Excellence, and the publication of Teaching Excellence. It will present examples illustrating ways that these three areas influence and energize each other and how to participate successfully in Teaching Excellence development. It concludes with some recommendations and what we have learnt from CoPs that helps sustain them and SoTL.
Time: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: ACC209
Participants: For anyone interested in CoPs and Teaching Excellence.

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