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Finding the 'tipping point': A Framework for building an institutional learning community to improve learning and teaching

West, Deborah (2015). Finding the 'tipping point': A Framework for building an institutional learning community to improve learning and teaching. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts,18(Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry):40-51.

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Title Finding the 'tipping point': A Framework for building an institutional learning community to improve learning and teaching
Author West, Deborah
Journal Name Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 18
Issue Number Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry
ISSN 1329-1440   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 40
End Page 51
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication Darwin, NT, Australia
Publisher Social Partnerships in Learning Research Consortium - Learning Research Group, Charles Darwin University
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Universities are inherently learning communities in the broadest sense. Central to this and generally explicit in university mission statements are their goals in providing quality experiences for students. The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is a core element in the ongoing improvement of the student experience which embodies a valued scholarly research process. The idea of building an institution wide learning community with a focus on SoTL should therefore be at the heart of the university’s agenda and a relatively easy undertaking. Yet for a range of reasons it proves elusive in many institutions. This paper explores the underlying issues surrounding this challenge and identifies a range of factors which lay the foundation for building a SoTL learning community. It begins with an examination of the key concepts of SoTL, learning communities and structuralism to set the scene. The paper then examines key literature and existing data on SoTL and concludes with the presentation of a framework for building an institution wide learning community which supports the improvement of learning and teaching for students using a SoTL approach.
Keywords Learning community
Scholarship of teaching and learning
Institutional framework
SoTL
DOI http://dx.doi.org/http://doi.org/10.18793/LCJ2015.18.05   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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