Daytona State Faculty will actively cultivate a forum for a Community of Practice where faculty collaborate informally in an environment that encourages synergistic idea generation, trust, and knowledge sharing to enhance teaching and learning, faculty development, and building a stronger sense of community among faculty.
Through a Community of Practice, we share ideas, best practices, and concerns; discuss topics of common interest; and promote a sense of community to enhance teaching and learning and faculty development. The Community of Practice uses an informal approach of mutual engagement to discuss important issues in an unstructured way, so topics can evolve organically and fully for member benefit. The topics are germane to enhance teaching & learning and faculty development, and build a stronger sense of community among faculty. Naturally, these important topics are discussed in other structures and formats within the college environment; however, the Community of Practice approach encourages informal discussions that evolve naturally, encourage exploration and investigation, and do not have rigid structures or timelines. Consequently, faculty work collaboratively to share tacit knowledge, learn from each other, and draw on their diverse experiences and expertise. The methods used by the group include storytelling, observation, open dialogue, sharing personal experiences and research, and experiential learning exercises. Some of the topics the Community of Practice discuss include: interdisciplinary teaching & learning, online best practices, teaching & technology, experiential learning, student behavioral and mental health issues, student diversity, classroom management, ethics, and research & publishing. Generally, the discussion and knowledge acquisition is for member benefit – a sandbox of idea generation and creative thought. However, certain findings, outcomes, and best practices within the Community of Practice have broader interest and will be shared in a knowledge repository with the faculty at large. This knowledge repository would be useful for faculty, especially new faculty, looking for information on specific issues or to identify subject matter experts.
A Community of Practice is a social structure and differs from other organizations and forms of collaboration. A Community of Practice allows members to participate through mutual engagement who might not have otherwise interacted. The Community of Practice provides shared experiences, authentic communication, enables dialog, self-reflection, mentoring, and helps members improve their skills and expertise in a shared area of interest.
The Faculty Senate Teaching & Learning Community of Practice meets every third Tuesday during the academic year. Although preregistration to attend any of the sessions is preferred, all faculty are encouraged to attend any session.
Please let us know if you are interested! Contact Lee Kenyon at kenyonl@DaytonaState.edu or 386-506-3557, if you would like additional information.