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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.17b - Building a multi-disciplinary research community of practice: Finding the SoTL in our teaching and learning

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In this presentation, two members of Western University’s Research on Teaching Learning Community (RTLC) share their personal experiences. This community of practice (similar to a Faculty Learning Community) consists of a diverse group of faculty from all ranks and multiple disciplines across campus.

The experience of being part of this group has contributed to a change in thinking and practice, which both presenters will discuss. Both have also experienced a shift in their professional identity, just as Dees, Zavota, Emens, Harper, Kan, Niesz, Tu, Devine & Hovhannisyn (2009) note in their own experiences as participants of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Based on the idea that faculty members are interested in collaborative interaction on teaching and learning within a community of scholars (Layne, Froyd, Morgan & Kenimer, 2002), our regular meetings include vibrant discussions on research pertaining to innovative teaching practices and practical examples from pertinent literature.

The creation of this community of practice at Western University by Dr. Ken Meadows, has generated an active culture of research and participation in how higher education is approached within university classrooms of all sizes. Members have many opportunities to engage, evaluate, and discuss new approaches in teaching and learning in higher education found in relevant scholarship, in addition to discussing specific research projects being conducted with their own classes. These collaborative discussions reveal the complicated and multi-layered aspects found not only in researching teaching in higher education, but also in implementing the new or innovative pedagogical approach.

Studies show that student and faculty learning improves through FLC’s (Cox, 2004). This has also occurred with both presenters, who will share specific examples where the RTLC has directly assisted in improving overall learning outcomes within their classes, and enriched their own teaching.


Cox, M. (2004). Building faculty learning communities. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 97, 5-23. http://www.csuchico.edu/celt/Faculty_Learning_Communities%20/IntroductionToFLCs.pdf

Dees, D. M., Zavota, G., Emens, S., Harper, M., Kan, K. H., Niesz, T., Tu, T-H., Devine, M. A., & Hovhannisyan, G. (2009). Shifting professional identities: Reflections on a faculty learning community experience. Learning Communities Journal, 1 (2), 49-73.

Glowacki-Dudka, M., & Brown, M. P. (2007). Professional development through faculty learning communities. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 21(1/2), 29-39. Retrieved from http://education.fiu.edu/newhorizons

Layne, J., Froyd, J., Morgan, J. & Kenimer, A. (2002). Faculty learning communities. Paper presented at the 32nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Retrieved from http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=


Diana Buglea

Dr. Diana Buglea is affiliated with Huron University College, Western University, where she teaches French. Her area of expertise includes autobiographical writings, electronic textualities and cyber culture. She is also interested in new educational technologies and e-learning. She... Read More →
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Leslie Linton

Department of Music Education, The University of Western Ontario
Leslie Linton, Ph.D.Adjunct Assistant Research ProfessorDepartment of Music EducationDon Wright Faculty of MusicThe University of Western OntarioLondon, Canadahttp://www.music.uwo.ca/faculty/bios/leslie-linton.html

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
Weldon Library 120 (Teaching Support Centre) Western University