MAV Board sets strategy for an online educator community

Friday 19 August 2022

The MAV Board recently approved the establishment of an online mathematics community. The community will be live by the end of 2022 to provide better support for educators across Victoria. Educators will be able to connect, share, and access advice and expertise in one easy-to-use collaborative environment.

The MAV Board has been working on community-building strategies under the 2021 to 2023 Strategic Plan. During the past few years, much work has been done, and we have been researching how best MAV can support educators through purposeful community engagement. The good news is that professional communities allow their members to grow, and we now have some exciting progress and strategies coming to life!

In decades of research about professional communities, there has been a key theme: a community's importance for creating a sense of belonging for its members (both to each other and their association). Further, research holds that community members grow their practice through purposeful behaviours and activities over time. Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they regularly interact.

Specifically, MAV will implement on an online community platform with the focus on allowing maths educators to connect, share and find resources, access information and expertise from experts and each other, build a sense of belonging, and collaborate and support each other. This will allow MAV to evolve from pushing you information to working with you, tapping into the members of our education community in ways that support your needs much more precisely.

This exciting project was informed by research and information, including a recent research project with Southern Cross University to survey and collate data from Victorian mathematics educators. The research findings informed us how best to design and implement this online community solution to support you.

What next? We will start providing updates to you, and we plan to launch in November/December with some smaller groups of educators. We will then invite you all to join us!

Stay tuned!

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