Community of Practice
A unique global forum, inspiring and shaping teaching excellence within higher education
The Global Teaching Excellence Award Finalists' Community of Practice is a community of practice that brings together academic leaders and professionals from across the world that share a commitment to furthering the pursuit of teaching excellence, for the benefit of all students and society. Communities of practice are: ‘groups of people who share, or have a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an on-going basis’ Wenger et al. (2002, p.4).
Membership is open to all institutions selected as finalists each year in the Global Teaching Excellence Award.
Reference: Wenger, E., McDermott, R. and Snyder, W. M. (2002): Cultivating Communities of Practice, Boston, MASS, Harvard Business School Press
How will you and your institution benefit from this community?
The GTEA Finalists' Community of Practice is a unique platform for those who carry out a strategic role in the pursuit of teaching excellence in their institutions to:
- Network with other leaders of teaching excellence
- Exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences
- Collaborate on topics of shared interest
- Inspire the engagement of the wider HE community
- Shape the global teaching excellence agenda
- Impact further on outcomes for students and society.
What are the features of this community?
The GTEA Finalists' Community of Practice is shaped, owned and directed by its members and facilitated by the HEA and offers:
- Flexible, interactive and confidential space, hosted through the HEA's online Virtual Learning Environment - MyVLE
- A platform that is accessible anywhere and anytime through an internet connection
- The means for collaboration and exchange with other institutions across the world who are equally committed to teaching excellence
- A forum for debate and discussion of topics of mutual interest in relation to excellence in leadership, teaching and student support
- The ability to store, manage and share relevant resources, research and publications.