SPCS Pedagogy Community of Practice

Welcome to the SPCS Pedagogy Community of Practice!

This community of practice (CoP) is built by and for those who teach nontraditional students in the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Instructors includes, but are not limited to, SPCS adjunct faculty members, SPCS full-time faculty members, SPCS non-degree instructors and Osher Institute course leaders.


The purpose of the SPCS Pedagogy CoP is to develop and share best practices for teaching nontraditional students. This website serves as a repository for collecting and sharing best practices in the form of research, praxis and experience reports.

The SPCS Pedagogy CoP has three primary communication and sharing tools:

  1. This website, which serves as a repository of best practices
  2. The open Pedagogy-list email list, where ideas can be shared and discussed among CoP members
  3. The SPCS Pedagogy CoP eNewsletter, sent three times per semester with information and reminders for subscribers [subscribe]

Nontraditional Students

We define “nontraditional students” as learners who are not enrolled in full-time residential undergraduate studies. We include in this definition non-residential undergraduate and graduate students studying part-time or full-time toward an academic degree, working professionals seeking professional development through noncredit and credit-earning programs, and adults of all ages seeking to enrich their lives or careers through lifelong learning.

The CoP has been established as a collaborative effort of the SPCS Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) and the SPCS dean’s office.