A Learning Community (LC) is a partnership which involves staff with different roles and areas of expertise working together for mutual benefit on a specified theme.
LC's are active and collaborative groups that offer its membership an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning. Although LC members work independently on projects or areas of interest based on the LC theme, they also improve the University's knowledge on theme areas, through collaborative study, expertise exchange, and professional dialogue. LC's often function as a form of action research—i.e. as a mechanism to continually question, re-evaluate, refine, and improve teaching and learning strategies and knowledge.
Evidence shows that LCs increase staff interest in teaching and learning and provide safety and support for staff to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt new ideas and methods.
We are currently have three Learning Communities , which will run to December 2019. The three topics for the LCs are:
- Learning Community 1: Evaluating large-scale educational initiatives
Focuses on developing a strategy for evaluating complex change.
- Learning Community 2: Engaged Learning
Focuses on investigating and evaluating approaches to Engaged Learning opportunities within the formal curriculum.
- Learning Community 3: Teaching difficult subjects
Focuses on investigating and evaluating approaches to teaching subjects which are emotive, provocative and potentially upsetting.
Please get in touch with the BILT team if you would like to be put in touch with any of the Learning Communities.