RSD Community of Practice

The implementation of the Research Skill Development (RSD) Framework in different disciplinary contexts requires contextualization to the respective subject areas.  The  ‘RSD Community of Practice’ was established in September 2015 for the practitioners of RSD to share their knowledge and skills for developing students’ research literacy and skills in various disciplinary contexts in an informal and relaxed setting. Sharing good practices of teaching, student learning and assessment of research literacy and skills is aimed at helping implement the RSD in pending disciplines.  Sharing of experiences with colleagues is an effective way of maximizing the implementation of the RSD framework for staff and students’ benefits.  The formal grouping of RSD practitioners as a committee will also help ensure the sustainability of RSD implementation at The University of the South Pacific.

Terms of Reference:

The Terms of Reference for the RSD Community of Practice are as follows:

  • To share experiences on use of RSD for developing students research literacy and skills and assessment in the curricula of programmes at USP
  • To share knowledge and skills on effective implementation of RSD with their peers
  • To facilitate peer review of RSD implementation in the learning activities and assessments of courses


The Research Office will host the RSD Community of Practice every month from February till November each year. Details of the meeting will be circulated at the beginning of each month.