A definition A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly Etienne Wenger
Basic ideas Learning is social Knowledge and activity are strongly connected Growth is nurtured and promoted Knowledge in practice can be created and managed
Elements of a CoP Subject (Domain) Shared interest and competence People (Community) Ongoing interaction as the route to learning Action (Practice) A shared set of resources developed through sustained relationships
An example: Triple P CoP Subject Evaluation of Triple P programs in Ontario People Service providers in charge of evaluating Triple P programs Action An online portal for developing an evaluation framework E-discussions and teleconferences Common measures
How do we create and sustain a CoP? Identify the area of interest Invite different perspectives Invite different levels of participation Focus on shared values and shared goals Ensure both familiarity and excitement Work towards evaluation Look for ways to sustain and enhance the CoP identity
CoP collaboration Collaborations Relationships are often time-limited Goals are concrete tasks determined by the group Communities of Practice Relationships are longer term, ongoing Goals are to produce knowledge and shift practice
Capturing CoPs COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE INVENTORY FORM ORGANIZATION: __________________________ DEPARTMENT OR UNIT: ____________________ DATE: ____________________________________ NameCoP NamePurposeLength of time CoP has existed Formally recognized? Frequency and type of meetings 1. 2. 3. 4. Continued…
In small groups… Identify one CoP you are involved in and ask yourselves: What is the subject/domain? Who is involved? What are the CoPs activities? What are the CoPs goals?