Communities of Practice

Sections of this topic

    Note that the reader might best be served to first read the
    topic Group Dynamics to understand the basic nature
    of most groups and their typical stages of development. (It’s
    not clear at this time if online groups have similar nature and

    Simply put, Communities of Practice are voluntary groups where
    members share a common priority (a problem, topic, etc.) and enhance
    their learning by interacting on an ongoing basis. Groups usually
    are informal and not part of an overall organization.

    Sections of This Topic Include

    Basics and Overviews
    Starting CoPs
    Some Applications
    General Resources

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    Basics and Overviews

    Communities of Practice
    — a Brief Introduction

    of Practice — Definition and Elements

    of Practice (Wikipedia)

    Communities of Practice
    – An Overview

    of Practice

    Starting CoPs

    A Startup Kit
    Starting a Community of Practice (fostering relationships)
    Community of Practice: Start-Up Kit
    a Community of Practice to Enhance TTA

    Some Applications

    Social Aspect to Virtual Worlds

    General Resources

    Fred Nickols’ list
    of resources

    Facilitation Library

    CoP Resources
    Tania Jarosewich on Evaluating Communities of

    For the Category of Facilitation and Teams:

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