What is TeachConnect?

The goal of TeachConnect is to make life easier for Queensland teachers through beautiful design. It is a not-for-profit, university-led project. It has been developed by QUT interaction design researchers, in collaboration with the the QCT and with their support, with the aim of helping Queensland teachers to share knowledge about the profession.

It is particularly focused on helping early career teachers with registation and evidence gathering, as well as helping preservice teachers with their prac experience and their TPA. It is for all Queensland teachers in all systems.

Consent and participant information: TeachConnect ethics approval

TeachConnect is not-for-profit and is run by universities as a research project. We use (de-identified) data from the platform to learn about the support needs of teachers. Please read the following before signing up for the platform. They can be referred to at any time through the FAQ link in the site banner:

HREC Approval Number: H14REA138.
Principal Researcher: Dr Nick Kelly

By creating an account and signing on to this website, you agree that data from your actions may be used in the research project Studying Support for Teachers in Transition (that’s the official name for the TeachConnect project as the university refers to it). This project is trying to understand how to better support teachers during their transition from preservice through to becoming an established teacher.

The data produced by your actions will be analysed and may be published by the researchers. Data will remain anonymous and be used in an unidentifiable way in published research.

Participation in the project through this website is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage.

Your decision whether to take part or not to take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will not affect your relationship with your university or with the teacher accreditation agencies.

Should you have any queries regarding the progress or conduct of this research, you can contact the principal researcher:

Dr Nick Kelly
Lecturer in Interaction Design, School of Design
Gardens Point, QUT, Brisbane
+61 7 3138 0315
nick.kelly@qut.edu.au

If you have any ethical concerns with how the research is being conducted or any queries about your rights as a participant please feel free to contact the University of Southern Queensland Ethics Officer on the following details.

Ethics and Research Integrity Officer
Office of Research and Higher Degrees
University of Southern Queensland
West Street, Toowoomba 4350
Ph: +61 7 4631 2690
Email: ethics@usq.edu.au

Clicking to agree to sign up to the platform is taken as a confirmation that users have read and agree to the following statements:

  • I understand the purpose of the research project and my involvement in it.
  • I understand that I may withdraw from the research project at any stage and that this will not affect my status now or in the future.
  • I confirm that I am over 18 years of age.
  • I understand that while information gained during the study may be published, I will not be identified and my personal results will remain confidential.
  • I understand that the data from this project will be securely stored for a minimum of five years

How do I use TeachConnect?

Use TeachConnect by asking any question that you want to know the answer to–just go to the home page and click that big plus sign to start asking. As you begin typing your question, you will see all of the similar questions that other teachers have already asked. Read them, comment on them, take part.

Why Do I Need Another Teacher Community When I Have Facebook/Insta/Twitter?

This site has been designed to make sure that knowledge about the profession can be re-used. Existing communities in social media are great and they will continue to be valuable. Yet what is shared in a group in social media gets lost, is hard to find, and is hard to build upon. Good discussion can be drowned out by distraction, commercial vendors. And your data are owned by a large, for-profit company based in the USA who could turn off service anytime that they want to.

TeachConnect will only grow as a knowledge base–the more questions that you ask and the more you share, the more useful it will become. And that knowledge will remain owned by the teachers of Queensland.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Who is responsible for TeachConnect?

TeachConnect has had input from many generous souls. The project is led by Dr Nick Kelly (@nick_kelly). Its strongest champions are Prof Les Dawes and Anna Kinnane who continue to help to guide the project. TC continues to have momentum thanks to the excellent work of Liam Auliciems and Amanda Robertson. The project began as a part of the Step Up project and was co-founded and co-led for many years with Steven Kickbusch who remains a strong supporter.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.