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Small Group Discovery Experience Community of Practice

A collegial community of scholars who explore SGDE for research and best practice.


Our community of practice was formed in 2015 with a focus on Teaching Large Classes. In 2016 we shifted focus to the design and implementation of SGDE across all class sizes. Our members represent all of the Faculties of the University and include academic staff, education specialists, learning advisors and students.

We have some key aims:

  • To be an inclusive and supportive forum for sharing experiences of discovery learning at the University of Adelaide
  • To focus on gathering and evaluating evidence for our practices and promote scholarship of teaching focused on SGDE
  • To provide leadership on the development of resources for students and teachers using SGDE
  • To encourage innovation and creativity in implementing experiences for students that communicate the excitement of discovery


We meet once a month (usually in the Learning Innovations Studio) for food and conversation (as well as formal presentations).

Highlights of 2016

1. Festival of Learning and Teaching presentations

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2. Research Skill Development (RSD) by John Willison

It relates to SGDE and Models for Engaged Learning and Teaching.

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3. Planning (More) and Engaging Effective SGDE in Your Courses

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Plans for 2017

More community building, resource sharing and fun! More scholarship showing what we have learned.

More Resources

Resources on teaching philosophy that matches up with SGDE:

To Join

Details of our 2017 meetings can be obtained by contacting co-facilitators: Cathy Snelling and Beth Loveys

Members of SGDE CoP

Adam Webster, Amanda Able, Andrew Mackinnon, Ashleigh Ward, Beth Loveys, Carolyn Semmler, Catherine Snelling, Danijela Menicanin, Dee Michell, Devon Milton-Hutchison, Dorothy Missingham, Edward Palmer, Jason Chan, Joel Willis Lisk, John Murphy, John Willison, Joy McEntee, Kim Hynes, Kim Sorensen, Lucy Potter, Margaret Hosking, Matthew Dry, Matthew Stubbs, Michelle Coulson, Nel Duffield, Nick Burns and Virginie Masson

Division of Academic and Student Engagement

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

Street Address

Level 7, Wills Building
North Terrace Campus


T +61 8 8313 5901
F +61 8 8313 8333