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A community of practice (CoP) approach to teaching and learning in higher education provides a space for staff to collaboratively reflect, review and regenerate their current teaching and learning practices.
Communities of practice grow, or are fostered, to provide a shared space around shared interests and concerns. Members come together to deepen their knowledge and expertise in an area by interacting on an ongoing basis.
Griffith Learning and Teaching Communities of Practice
Below is a list of Learning and Teaching Communities of Practice, by Academy Group Chapter, including brief information about each CoP's goals.
Arts, Education and Law Group Chapter
Griffith Law School Lawyers, Legal Education and Law’s Future Program (Law Futures Centre)
Lawyers, Legal Education and Law's Future Programme of the Law's Futures' Centre (the primary GLS research centre) contains the active GLS group of legal education scholars who collaborate together on legal education research.
Membership: Open to all members and adjunct members of the Law Futures Centre.
Contact: Professor Charles Sampford
GLS Learning and Teaching Forum
This group supports the discussion of effective learning and teaching practice and scholarship in the Griffith Law School. Responds to AEL and GU L and T strategy and policy and provides professional development and collaboration opportunities for GLS teaching staff.
Membership: Open to all staff and sessional staff of Griffith Law School.
Contact: Associate Professor Kylie Burns
AEL Learning and Teaching Grant CoP
This group supports the dissemination of effective learning and teaching practice and scholarship across AEL. Largely built upon small T&L grants ($3000), academics in receipt of these grants present their work to colleagues at AEL Symposia.
Membership: Open to all academic staff of AEL.
Contact: Jillian Rowe
Griffith Business School Chapter
Griffith Health Group Chapter
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Approaches to achieve Social Emancipatory Transformation
Transformational learning requires a movement away from traditional didactic teaching styles into a context of learning where students are empowered to be active participants in their own learning and as agents of change. Through this Community of Practice, we aspire to prepare graduates to work as effective and humble allies to those who have experienced social injustice and oppression in ways that interrupt rather than perpetuate colonial and otherwise oppressive ways of working. We seek to employ social media and other creative methods as part of both professional social change approaches and teaching and learning strategies.
Membership: Open to new members.
Health Group Assessment Community of Practice
The Health Group Assessment Community of Practice aims to build the capacity of academic and professional staff to design and implement valid, effective, formative and summative assessment approaches, with a focus on the health and social care professions. These approaches will be based on sound scholarship and utilise appropriate means to set standards. It will provide developmental sessions on assessment methodologies and mentorship for assessment practitioners in the health professions, as well as supporting innovation and the evaluation of new approaches, with the ultimate aim of optimising student learning and success.
Membership: Open to new members.
Contact: Georgina Sanger
Griffith Sciences Group Chapter
The Griffith Sciences Group Chapter is currently identifying existing and forming new Communities of Practice. For further information about Griffith Sciences L&T Communities of Practice and how to join please contact the Group Chapter Chair, Professor Richard John.
2018 Communities of Practice Symposium
On Monday October 22 2018 the Academy sponsored a Communities of Practice Symposium which featured a keynote presentation by Honorary Assoc Prof Jacquie McDonald titled "Communities of Practice – Imagining, Implementing and Valuing Social Learning". The Symposium also featured presentations from three Griffith CoP about their key achievements. View the slides, CoP Fact Sheet and Assoc Prof McDonald’s presentation handout below.
- Communities of Practice Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Communities of Practice Symposium presentation slides (PDF)
- Assoc Prof McDonald’s presentation handout (PDF)
- See photos and Twitter highlights from the event