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Sharing Your Teaching: Disseminating Pedagogy in Scholarly Venues and Beyond

Mon Apr 19, 2021 at 07:30 AM
This has been a year or labor, of growing and stretching our teaching strategies more dramatically and rapidly than we could have anticipated. Out of so much change and adaptation likely comes new teaching ideas and approaches. One way to reflect and get the most out of all we have put into our teaching is to share it: share our teaching ideas and resources with colleagues, institution, professional groups, and larger networks. Such sharing emphasizes teaching as a social act, learning with others by hearing their responses to further tinker with our teaching. This teaching tip pulls back the curtain on the teaching tips you have been reading and considers what you might have to share in this space and in others.

Why and How to Share

Making teaching social.

Teaching can be solitary when only left to the classrooms walls. Talking with other faculty in your department, institution, discipline, and beyond can help us process and learn how to get the most out of our teaching to benefit both students and ourselves. Suggest a department meeting or additional forum to share teaching ideas, values, and approaches. Share teaching ideas and questions in discipline listservs. Participate in CETL discussions and e-LIS Lunch Bytes. Post in the OU Teaching Community forum, or search for Facebook groups or Twitter networks. Such spaces can germinate new ideas or collaborations.

Making your work visible.

If you have a teaching idea that colleagues have continually found useful or that you mention often, make this work visible so others can find it and you can share it with others directly. When you share a teaching tip through the CETL Teaching Tips blog, 700 OU faculty will receive it in their inbox, and it will be housed on the blog. Additionally, posting ideas on your personal website allows you to build an archive of teaching resources. Larger publications like Faculty Focus increases the visibility of practice-based short articles about teaching.

Work can be visible in a variety of formats, such as short videos on YouTube or Vimeo or by tuning in to and being a guest on higher ed podcasts.

Making your work scholarly.

The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) recognizes teaching as scholarly work and encourages faculty to use research to better understand their own teaching practices and to share their research results with the broader educational community. CETL has identified a few teaching and learning journals of interest among a large database from Kennesaw State University..

Conferences also provide an important venue for scholarly dissemination. As with any scholarship, some faculty share work at a conference before publication, while other only present published work. Every year, CETL provides support for OU faculty to attend the Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference.

CETL’s Scholarly Teaching Opportunities page includes these resources and more for OU faculty, including a page of SoTL work by OU faculty and staff.

Practicing open pedagogy.

Open pedagogy is the practice of making work as widely accessible as possible and encouraging a culture of openness (while also making clear how your work can be used through a Creative Commons license). The open educational resources piece may get the most attention for offering no-cost learning materials, but this is only one facet of open pedagogy. CETL’s Open Educational Resources Guide offers ways to learn more about OER and Open Pedagogy, and OU Scholarly Communications librarian Julia Rodriguez supports faculty opening access to their scholarship.

Engaging in critical pedagogy.

Critical pedagogy pushes against teaching and learning norms, particularly as they conflict with to social justice issues. If you have a growing sense that teaching in higher education should be done differently and that our routine and assumptions are suspect, engaging in wider discussions among faculty can help us explore critical perspectives, share ideas and materials, and work to reconstruct teaching norms accordingly. Critical pedagogy can focus on decolonization, digital pedagogy, antiracism, and sustainability, among many others. CETL’s annual teaching grant OU supports faculty in this work.

These opportunities for sharing your teaching are not intended to add work for productivity’s sake, but to get the most out of the work you have already done and to energized to continue the good work of teaching.

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About the Author

Written by Christina Moore, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University. Others may share and adapt under Creative Commons License CC BY-NC.View all CETL Weekly Teaching Tips. Follow these and more on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.