Title of ArticleCourageous collaboration in co-constructing learning and teaching resources
Type of ArticleCritical Reflection on Practice Development
Author/sHelen Pratt, Maria Mackay, Claudia Green, Gay Woodhouse and Kelly Marriott-Statham
ReferenceVolume 9, Issue 1, Article 11
Date of PublicationMay 2019
KeywordsCollaboration, inclusion, participation, virtual connections, human flourishing


Background: This paper describes the experiences of a group of academics in a metropolitan university who were invited to collaborate in the co-construction of a postgraduate nursing subject. The principles of practice development and person-centred practice informed our ways of working. This reflection was undertaken by unpacking shared assumptions, using Mezirow’s transformative model of critical reflection.

Aim: The aim of this reflection was to share the experiences of an academic team in collaboratively designing face-to-face learning opportunities for a masters of nursing subject and to invite others to consider this valuable way of working.

Conclusions: Three conclusions were realised within the reflection. First, meaningful connections can be established in the virtual space through the development of authentic relationships. Second, working collaboratively and feeling valued for our contributions can lead to a meaningful investment in time preparing to facilitate learning. And last, having the courage to create a safe space where vulnerability, creativity and flourishing could occur can enhance the facilitation experience and the connection with the students.

Implications for practice:

  • This reflection demonstrated collaborative design can effectively occur in the virtual world, although more research is required to enhance the limited literature covering virtual connections in teams
  • Having explored the impact of facilitation in a team, a future challenge is how students could be  authentically engaged in the collaborative design process of resources
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