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Scott Schopieray

Forming and Supporting Faculty Development Networks

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There are two kind of competing ways of thinking about how to bring groups of folks together around teaching and learning support...

One is the way we do it in EDLI which is essentially to leverage existing communities of practice and network them, building "trust bridges" and encouraging formation of new communities as they are needed... We also I think move slower in this way because we are intentional about bringing in new voices and intentional about ensuring the trust of the community before bringing a new one in

Other way is to throw everyone who has a similar interest into a group together and see if it gels... This is the ID network strategy and I think what we see there is that the active folks may be those who don't already have a robust community of practice to rely on. I wonder in the case of the ID network what would happen if you took the 5 "loudest" folks in there and asked them to form a cabanas like structure?


We've seen both work, though I think the first model is more effective long-term... the second model has the possibility of being quickly effective, but I've seen them fizzle out long-term due to some of the trust and work habit issues that come up in that sort of sink or swim approach.

I suspect long-term our needs on campus are for both of them to be working in tandem and intentionally so


Do a network map of individuals participating in ID Network