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Creating Communities of Practice

Communities of practice are groups of people who share similar goals and interests. They use common practices, work with the same tools, express themselves in a common language, and come to hold similar beliefs and value systems. They have a common sense of purpose and work well together. Started as a business process, it has been adopted in education, especially for professional development. As you create a community of practice, here are five tips with questions to think about:

  • Be clear on the purpose of your community:
  • Identify resources and constraints:
  • Form the community:
  • Develop the community of practice:
  • Assess the community of practice:
  • Why develop a community of practice (identify the need)?
  • What are your expectations?
  • How will this be beneficial to all players?
  • What will be needed to form the community?
  • What obstacles/hurdles need to be addressed in order to ensure a successful community of practice?
  • Who will be a part of this community?
  • Is it an open membership?
  • Who will be the main point-person?
  • How will the members of the community work with one another and share ideas?
  • How will you ensure that everyone is contributing/benefiting?
  • How will you know the community of practice is effective?

Submitted by:Leilani Carbonell Pedroni
Vice President of Research and Development,
My eCoach

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