Creating, sustaining and realising the value of a faculty-wide community of teaching practice

Michelle Honey, Trudi Aspden, Anuj Bhargava, Louise Carrucan-Wood, Angela Tsai, Jenny Sim

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Communities of practice are frequently described and discussed in academic literature and within education. They are depicted as groups of people with a shared interest coming together and in a higher education setting this shared interest relates to the practice of teaching and learning. The establishment of a cross-discipline faculty-wide community of practice to support educators in higher education is novel. This paper describes the establishment of a community of practice within one university faculty uniting educators across multiple disciplines within the Faculty. Data spanning thirty months since the inception of a teaching and learning community are presented. The findings illustrate a growing community of practice, along with perceived benefits and future directions. The creation of an inter professional faculty-wide community of practice illustrates how educators can be drawn together because of their common passion for teaching and learning and a mutual concern of how to maximise student learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-234
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Innovative Research in Medical Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Universities
  • Faculty
  • Social Learning
  • Community of Practice
  • Interprofessional
  • New Zealand

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