Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Advance HE’s Director (Membership and Accreditation), Global Partnerships, talks about Advance HE’s new digital platform which will enable academics to connect, collaborate and form online global communities in HE.
Following a three month period of lively consultation with institutions and Fellows across the UK and internationally, we’re pleased to announce that in spring this year we will be launching a new way for staff in HE to connect and collaborate as they seek to enhance practice in HE. The new Advance HE networks will enable academics to form communities, particularly around their subject area whether that be an academic discipline or an area of professional practice such as learning and development or equality.
A new online platform is being developed that will be free to staff employed within Advance HE member institutions and will further enhance the work that Advance HE does in facilitating sector-led collaboration, not only in the area of learning and teaching but across our key topics within leadership and management, governance and equality and diversity.
As a core benefit of Advance HE membership, this new development will enable the further enhancement of the extensive networks that Advance HE already provides for our members and partners across the globe.
Our recent consultation revealed a high level of support for Advance HE to use its convening power to bring together staff from our 350 member institutions across the world who share an interest in teaching and learning, leadership and equality in their disciplines to enable them to share information, communicate , ask questions, problem solve and collaborate. These integrated global subject networks will provide a unique opportunity to consider a broad range of issues through a discipline lens.
We’re really excited to be able to coordinate and facilitate sector-wide networks and to provide the infrastructure necessary to foster collaboration across the sector. We’re looking forward to empowering groups of experts to provide solutions to challenges faced by the sector and support a model of ‘user-generated content’ and resources as a result.
Over this next month we’ll be sharing more information about our plans that are being developed, but if you or your organisation would like to get involved with this innovative development you can either attend one the forthcoming events which are being held online and at Nottingham Trent University or email email@example.com
The platform will launch late March/early April for the first subject networks and further networks will be added as the platform develops.