The world of learning and teaching is full of inspiring people putting great principles and ideas into action. Whether you are a lecturer or tutor, support teaching staff or manage the environments in which learning happens, you would have certainly found value in discussing and sharing your work with colleagues. You might have been given ideas you hadn’t quite thought of or offered a different perspective you hadn’t yet considered. At Navitas we are lucky to be able to share good practice across our numerous institutions worldwide, and also with the wider community through the Learning & Teaching website.
There are very practical benefits to engaging across our diverse Navitas learning and teaching contexts. Here are three common reasons why people choose to share their work with the wider community:
- Your own development: It can be a highly valuable process to reflect on practices, invite feedback from others in the community, and perhaps make improvements and changes towards your own personal and professional development goals.
- Set your ideas free: Many contributors re-share shorter versions of conference papers or academic articles they have produced or presented elsewhere. Publishing on the Learning and Teaching at Navitas website provides an informal platform for publishing expertise and ideas, and can help you reach a wider, global audience.
- Share and connect: ‘Social objects’ like short articles and webinars become conversation starters, building connections and community between academic staff who work in similar areas but might never otherwise meet or know each other.
“I think we all find it a little daunting, at times, sharing our teaching practice even though there is so much to be gained by doing so… It is great to know that other teachers are seeing the benefit. [L&T website contributor]
These are just a few ways people have told us they find value in sharing. If you’ve shared with this community, we would love to hear about your experiences, ideas or additional connections that have come from sharing your work here.