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Over the last few months, as we have engaged with more and more people through beta testing, it has become apparent that there is a real appetite for greater exchange, debate and innovation within individual subject areas. While there is a lot of great practice that can be applied across disciplines, often we need it to be contextualised by subject to be truly impactful. Plus there are often high-impact pedagogies that are entirely subject specific in nature.
Reflecting this, we have decided to launch a series of Global Subject Centres, each focusing on learning and teaching practice within a particular discipline. While it is not a new idea as there are many networks supporting teaching within subjects, they often tend to be geographically focused. And yet, it’s the global perspective that has surfaced as an emerging need among members.
To deliver them, we are now inviting individuals who are passionate about learning and teaching in their discipline to come forward and act as convenors for their subject. It’s an exciting role – an opportunity to shape the development of the fledgling Global Subject Centres initiative, to act as an ambassador for your discipline and to stimulate new discussions and debates with colleagues worldwide.
To get the new Global Subject Centres off to a strong start, we are asking individuals to apply to be considered for the role as a convenor. Ideally, we would like a small group of convenors for each subject, representing different countries and perspectives. Anyone can apply but we ask that you evidence three things: that you are currently actively supporting your discipline, that you are championing learning and teaching in your subject and that you have links to existing discipline networks.
Why? Because being a convenor means being steward of a community as it forms. We need people who have that spark about them, that love of their subject and of learning and teaching and are motivated by them every day.
Being a convenor may entail very little but equally, can be as much as you want. At a minimum, we want convenors to initiate a minimum of two discussions within their Global Subject Centre each month. This may consist of posing a question of the month, posting relevant news or directing members to new resources. Beyond that, we want ideas for how best to support the community. As OneHE grows, we will start to make innovation funding available to each subject centre.
In return, convenors will be given free premium membership for their term of office, which entitles them to apply for the highest level of funding from the OneHE Foundation. We will also promote you as a convenor within the community and as a discipline ambassador on the OneHE website.
Members of the OneHE user group will initially select the convenors but, in the future, the members of each subject centre will nominate and select convenors themselves.
So, if you want to help us to grow the Global Subject Centres, click on the link below. Applications close on Tuesday 13 November and we’ll get back to people as quickly as we can, and certainly no later than Friday 23 November. We look forward to hearing from you!
What are Global Subject Centres?
Global Subject Centres are new online communities that will foster discussion, debate and innovation in learning and teaching practice within the disciplines. We are creating 29 subject centres in total, covering the major disciplines. Each subject centre will have its own section within OneHE with subject-specific posts and feed, news, forum for threaded discussions (which will enable discussions within sub-disciplines as well as on particular themes) and resources area.
What is the role of convenor?
Each subject centre has one or more convenors. Convenors help to stimulate discussion and debate within their subject centre. Convenors are asked to initiate a minimum of two discussions every month within their subject centre. Examples include prompting discussion through a question of the month, posting relevant news or directing members to new resources.
How can I become a convenor?
Anyone can be a convenor. In the first instance, we would like to appoint people who are currently active in supporting their discipline, can evidence championing learning and teaching and have links to existing discipline networks. We will also be looking for convenors from a broad range of countries. You can apply to be a convenor by completing a simple online form – click here.
How will convenors be selected?
Members of the OneHE user group, which is drawn from a cross-section of members, will review applications in this first phase. In the future, the members of each subject centre will be asked to nominate and select convenors.
What do I get as a convenor?
Convenors receive free premium membership that provides specific benefits and entitles them to apply for higher levels of funding from the OneHE foundation. Premium membership is offered for the duration of the convenor’s term (12 months). Convenors will also be recognised as a convenor within the subject centre and the OneHE community more broadly and be promoted as a discipline ambassador on the OneHE website.
What else can I do as a convenor?
We want you to come to us with ideas for how best to further the impact and effectiveness of learning and teaching within your discipline. There are no dumb suggestions – just contact us with your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about multi-disciplinarity and inter-disciplinarity practice?
We can create communities of practice to support a wide range of discussions and needs. Just let us know what you think is required by emailing email@example.com.
The Global Subject Centres are listed below.
Arts and Humanities