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Professional Learning Series: Contribute

The University encourages teachers to actively participate in their community by sharing insights and supporting their colleagues’ development.

What do we mean by contribute?

The TeachWell Framework defines ‘contribute’ as a teacher’s active engagement within the educational landscape. It is about sharing expertise, collaborating on initiatives to improve learning outcomes, and stepping into leadership roles (both informal and formal) that guides teaching practice.

Contributing also means pursuing professional learning of teaching to enrich one’s own ability and participating in community-building activities that foster a dynamic exchange of ideas.

Ultimately, contributing is about being a proactive member of the academic community, dedicated to nurturing a culture of excellence that leads to a better student experience.

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How TeachWell Framework defines ‘contribute’ capabilities

Core capability

“Making constructive contributions to the teaching culture of the school/department/teaching team.” (p. 5, TeachWell Framework, Version 2.0, 2024).

At the core level, all teachers are expected to make constructive contributions to the teaching culture of their school, department, or team. This involves sharing knowledge, supporting peers, and participating in collective efforts to enhance the educational environment.

Extended capability

“Engaging in formal or informal leadership that has had a beneficial influence on others’ teaching and that advances student learning in the course, department/school, and faculty.” (p. 6).

For more experienced staff, the extended capabilities include engaging in formal or informal leadership roles that positively influence others’ teaching and advance student learning. This reflects a deeper involvement and a broader impact on the teaching culture.

Ways to contribute

Departmental seminars and workshops

Organise or participate in events that discuss pedagogical strategies, curriculum design, assessment design or research in education.

Core

Curriculum development

Collaborate with colleagues to design or revise courses and programs that reflect the University’s goals.

Core / Extended

Teaching observations/peer review of teaching

Invite peers to observe your classes and provide constructive feedback and reciprocate the process. See peer review of teaching.

Core / Extended

Peer review

Similarly to peer review of teaching, you can also engage in peer review processes for teaching materials, providing feedback to refine educational resources.

Core / Extended

Leadership roles

Take on roles such as course coordinator, and Associate Head or Dean roles with learning and teaching responsibility, to shape the teaching practices within your unit.

Extended

Research in pedagogy / Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Engage in educational research and publish your results in peer-reviewed and other publications to inform teaching practices and contribute to the University’s teaching scholarship.

A great way to publish, aside from scholarly journals, is by writing for more informal media outlets (such as blogs and websites) and/or mass media.

Extended

Policy development

Participate in committees that develop and implement teaching-related policies and practices, ensuring they align with the TeachWell principles and related strategic initiatives such as Signature Pedagogical Practices, Curriculum Transformation Framework, Taumata Teitei, and Graduate Profile.

Extended

Community engagement

Represent the University in external teaching forums, sharing insights and learning from the broader educational community, and/or provide teaching-related media commentary.

Stay informed about deadlines for upcoming teaching- and SoTL-related conferences and symposia on the TeachWell Digital calendar.

Extended

Mentoring

Offer guidance to faculty members or those new to teaching, sharing best practices and experiences.

Core / Extended

Teaching awards

Apply for teaching awards that recognise excellence and innovation in teaching, both within the University and externally.

Core / Extended

Community of Interest / Practice sessions

Present at sessions organised by one of the many UoA Communities of Interest (CoI) or Practice (CoP) to share knowledge and learn from others’ experiences.

A great start is the Learning Futures Community of Interest, which meets monthly to showcase learning and teaching practice in an informal and supportive online environment.

Core / Extended

Teaching and learning showcases

Exhibit your teaching innovations and success, inspiring others and gaining recognition for your work.

Core / Extended

Online engagement

Participate in Communities of Interest/Practice channels, contributing to discussions and resource sharing. Find the details of those on our list of Special Interest Groups.

TeachWell Digital contributions

Share your teaching stories or case studies on the TeachWell website, providing real-world examples of effective teaching. That includes sharing stories of your failed initiatives.

Interdisciplinary collaboration

Work with colleagues from different disciplines to create cross-curricular initiatives that enrich student learning.

Core / Extended

Student feedback initiatives

Develop systems for gathering and responding to student feedback, demonstrating a commitment to student-centred learning.

Core / Extended

Educational technology (EdTech) integration

Advocate for and assist in the adoption of new technologies that enhance learning experiences within your course, discipline, school, faculty, or even beyond. If you want to find out more about learning technologies used at UoA or require help, make sure to reach out and book a TeachWell consultation with Ranga Auaha Ako, Learning and Teaching Design Team.

By engaging in these activities, teachers can significantly contribute to the learning environment at the University of Auckland, benefiting your individual career progression while fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement in teaching.

Stay up-to-date with TeachWell Digital

Subscribe to the TeachWell Digital newsletter and Learning Futures newsletter for the latest announcements, and engage with our community. Finally, don’t forget to check TeachWell Digital as we frequently share new ideas and resources for developing and sharing one’s teaching practice.

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