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TEL Community of Practice – Phase 1

Having worked at UWE for a few months, it was interesting to find that historically there has been limited sharing of knowledge across faculties, with practitioners often working in isolation. For Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) to grow across the institution, and further enhance teaching and learning, it was important remove these barriers and engaged a Community of Practice (CoP).

The aim of my project is to motivate a CoP, developing communication, support, and knowledge sharing across all faculties and departments. To do this successfully, It was important to understand clearly what is a CoP, and is how it functions. From my research and previous experience, I developed a mind map highlighting the main elements.

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Once clear on the remit of a CoP and most importantly its advantages, I invited all TEL practitioners across the institution to join the TEL CoP highlighting the benefits for them as individuals and for the institution.

I am pleased to say we have 21 members who are willing to engage in sharing and supporting the CoP.

More updates on this project as it develops.


Research Observatory

The revamped Research Observatory at UWE (RO) is an online research teaching and learning resource developed by the E-learning Development Unit

The resource is intended to help research students to find appropriate learning materials to help them in their research studies. The resources can be used in different ways, depending on how the user would like to interact with them.

The resource is designed to enable study in a number of different contexts, and the user can choose any of them, depending upon how they like to study online. At present there are two contexts available, metaphoric and literal, but we will be working with students in the next year to design further contexts that suit their learning preferences and cognitive styles. The user can change the context they are in at any point.

The subject matter is exactly the same in all the contexts – it is the environment in which it is studied that is different. There is also the opportunity to participate in the project.

Involvement in the project

  1. developing/making available research methods materials
  2. testing the effectiveness of the system and/or
  3. offering feedback

More information…

  • If this is your first visit to the RO, here is help and guidance on how to use it
  • The explicit copyright statement
  • About the Research Observatory project and how to contact us
  • The RO forms the basis for our award of a Hewlett Packard Global HE Technology for Teaching Grant 2007. You can also visit our project website for up to date info, or take a look at our project blog.
  • Read about our latest developments, including our plans in Second Life (SL), and join in with your ideas on our blog. If you’re a SL “resident” you can visit the RO in SL from here