Why do we have an iTeach site?

While we have a fantastic space in the CSU Learning Exchange for sharing examples of CSU’s Online Learning Model strategies in practice, there is no community space for staff to directly share what they are doing in their teaching practice, as a teaching community, and thus learn from each other.

The site was initiated through the CSU Wiki Working Party, which includes stakeholders from all three Faculties, including Sub-Deans (Learning & Teaching) and the Division of Learning and Teaching. The site is designed to complement the CSU Wiki, an institutional community space for knowledge sharing and co-developing resources about learning and teaching, which complements CSU’s official institutional sites.

Who can post to the iTeach site?

Anyone, though we are strongly encouraging CSU staff – from teaching academics to Educational Designers and all range of other support staff – to be our main contributors.

Who will be able to read posts?

This is a public site, so open to anyone who manages to find it. Our principle audience is the CSU learning and teaching community.

What happens to my post once I submit?

The editing team will be alerted via email that a new draft post has been submitted. It will be checked especially in terms of images, categories and tags, and if there are any follow-up questions regarding the content or a response is needed to any ‘extra information for the editors’, the editor will get in touch with you directly. When this is complete, your post will be published.

NOTE: We expect that, as editors, when we read some posts we’ll say, ‘This should be an exemplar case study!’ In that case, we’ll contact you and ask if you’d mind if we passed your post onto the team managing the CSU Learning Exchange. If you agree, they’ll then contact you and work with you to develop your post into a full case study.

Who are the current editors?

You can find the names of the current editors on the About page.

What’s in it for me?

We’re glad you asked. Apart from the altruistic benefits of sharing with others – and remember, people share when others share, and the more that happens, the more experiences there are for us all to learn from – you can use your posts as evidence of your contributions for EDRS or promotion, or even for external recognition (e.g. HEA Teaching Fellowships).

What kind of things should I write about?

You should write about any aspect of your teaching that you think others would like to hear about – things that worked (or didn’t work), no matter how large or small. It might be your whole pedagogical approach, such as problem-based learning. It might be a single strategy or technology you used in a lesson that was successful either from the perspective of the learning outcomes or student engagement…or that didn’t hit the mark in some way. Maybe it’s a strategy you’ve tried that didn’t work at first, but you made changes and now it’s been successful.

Write a post now!

How will I know if my teaching practice is worth sharing?

Think about what you’d like to hear from your colleagues. We are always tougher on the value of our own work than we are on others, so please don’t hold back as you feel your work isn’t good enough – it invariably is.

This is a learning community, and we will all benefit the more we each of us share. Share forward, and you’ll be rewarded through what others share back. No matter how big, no matter how small. If you are nervous, write a draft post and add a note to the editors that you’d like their feedback before they publish. 🙂