A Learning Community is a group of cross-disciplinary academic and professional staff engaging in an active, collaborative program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning and with frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community building.
A participant in a Learning Community may select a focus unit, course, or project to try out innovations, assess resulting student learning, and prepare a presentation to show the results; engage in regular seminars and some retreats; work with student associates; and present project results at ECUlture and other University or School events as well as at national conferences. Learning Communities provide support for academic staff to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt new methods of teaching.
Learning Communities at ECU are each hosted collaboratively by an academic staff member who is research active or a recognised leader in the relevant area, and a CLT representative. They support a University-wide emphasis on leadership in teaching and learning and focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning , aligned to the ASPEO framework. Learning Communities offer a collaborative support structure (workshops, peer-to-peer support, etc.) for research, publication/dissemination, and application for T&L grants and awards.
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