Tlabs: A teaching and learning community of practice – what is it, does it work and tips for doing one of your own
Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice
University of Wollongong
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Centre for Learning and Teaching
© 2020, University of Wollongong. All rights reserved. Communities of Practice are an increasingly common tool used to support novice academics in higher education settings. Initiated in 2015 at a Western Australian University, TLABs is an acronym for ‘Teaching and Learning for Level A and B’ academic staff and was designed to build a community of practice to mentor junior academics; help them develop their teaching skills; and enhance academic careers. The paper describes the nature of TLABs; how it is experienced from the perspective of participants and provides recommendations for implementing a successful teaching and learning community of practice in a higher education setting.