In Practice

In practice, Cultivate retains many elements those in academic support are familiar with. Faculty can be engaged in small groups, or one-to-one; they can be engaged face-to-face or in a blended manner, and teaching and learning improvement is the goal. Designed around the existing processes Faculty Support uses, our modular resources can be extracted from the Cultivate process and embedded in the existing way you do things.

Yet Cultivate is also very different in practice because the Cultivate viewpoint and process approaches faculty engagement in a different way. Two central themes of Cultivate in Practice are to locate a source of energy within faculty (we call this the ‘What’s in it for me?’, and to contextualise any potential innovation, so faculty know how it will integrate into their existing busy teaching and learning practice.

To give you an idea of how this works let’s first look at a Cultivate example of contextualisation.

LMS Overview Diagram

LMS Overview Diagram

Where do problems distributing grades fit into the overall structure of faculty teaching and learning practice, and how does that relate to faculty saving time? This diagram can be used in group work, or individually, online or face-to-face to show how adopting an innovation in one area relates to innovations and practice in others. This understanding of ‘the whole’ as well as the specific part gives Faculty confidence.  They are able to know how an innovation will integrate into their existing practice, especially when combined with our more detailed diagram showing how all the tools relate.

Mountain Diagram

Mountain Diagram

Why should faculty make time in their busy schedules to invest in embedding an innovation into their practice? This mountains diagram can be used to help locate sources of energy for change, sources of energy bound up in faculty’s challenges and aspirations. Again this can be used in group work, or individually, online or face-to-face, and is especially effective when combined with our Landscape Image with pre-formatted questions.

These two examples are drawn from hundreds of resources which form Cultivate, all of which are designed to help you engage faculty in a virtuous circle of change identification -innovation integration-success.