Communities Of Practice (Co P)1 SeminarPresentation Transcript
Communities of Practice (CoP) “ No man is an island…” (Donne, 1967)
Jean Lave “ learning is ubiquitous in ongoing activity, though often unrecognized as such” (Lave, 1993).
Etienne Wenger “ The basic idea is that human knowing is fundamentally a social act. This simple observation has profound implications for the way we think of and attempt to support learning” ( http://www.ewenger.com ).
What are CoPs?
Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
a tribe learning to survive
a band of artists seeking new forms of expression,
a group of engineers working on similar problems,
a clique of pupils defining their identity in the school
a network of surgeons exploring novel techniques
a gathering of first-time managers helping each other cope.
Why do we need to adopt CoPs?
Usefulness at Holland College Within Departments Within Administration Throughout the World Distributed Learning and Online Education Flow of information between Administrative Departments Research ideas Apprenticeship Model Product development Hands on learning, industry based training Collaborative college wide projects Training needs Collaborative projects, events & community involvement Pool of resources
College Considerations Benefits Warnings Numerous experts within Holland college organization Release of authority may be unsettling for some Supportive climate Unreal expectations Encourages imagination and innovation Fear of change or failure Ready access to resources Time constraints Belief in lifelong learning Loss of interest in project Shared values and common goals
Implications on US We are here We will get here http://wiki.nasa.gov/cm/wiki/?id=2698
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