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Developing a community of practice - Laverty & Saleh

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Developing a community of practice - Laverty & Saleh

  1. 1. Dr. Nasser Saleh Head Engineering & Science Librarian nasser.saleh@queensu.ca Developing a Community of Practice Dr. Cory Laverty Centre for Teaching and Learning corinne.laverty@queensu.ca Painting: Growing Together by Wilson Shangala
  2. 2. Outline  Once upon a time .. Our story!  Motivators: Discussion 1  Main characteristics of a community of practice (COP)  Your Stories: Discussion 2  Lessons learned
  3. 3. Painting: Questions, Questions by Daniel Loveday
  4. 4. What would motivate you to participate? Record words/phrases on the flip chart provided.
  5. 5. What inspired our group? Our analysis of feedback over four years:  Process approach; organic and flexible; knowledge-driven  Liaising with partners (e.g. instructional designers, accessibility hub)  Leadership role of core group to organize and sustain  Regular meetings  Resource sharing via online repository  Community building, developing an identity  Authentic learning in shared practice  Personal growth through reflection  Inclusivity and belonging through interaction
  6. 6. someone to chat with free-flowing questions At the assessment roundtable it was interesting and fun to learn how my colleagues were implementing assessment methods in their courses. I hope we can make it a regular event. creating user- friendly handouts has impacted my teaching practice a great deal helped me learn to think about learning know what other librarians are doing on campus easier to get together as a group and learn from each other be an advocate for the role of librarians in curriculum development and instruction shared web space Work with colleagues
  7. 7. Enables you to:  Connect with like-minded colleagues and peers  Share your experiences and learn from others  Collaborate and achieve common outcomes  Accelerate your learning  Validate and build on existing knowledge and good practice  Innovate and create new ideas “a group of people who share a concern, set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.” (Wenger et al., 2002) Wenger,E., McDermott, R.,& Snyder,W. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
  8. 8. TLWG evolved into a CoP  Knowledge construction about teaching and learning emerges from reflection on practice  Individuals benefit from sharing expertise during common pursuit  Knowledge constructed transactionally richer than in isolation
  9. 9. Phases of COP The phases of CoPs are more cyclical than linear  Phase 1: Define your CoP  Phase 2: Design your CoP  Phase 3: Grow your CoP  Phase 4: Let your CoP Perform  Phase 5: Transform your CoP Because communities of practice are ORGANIC, designing them is more a matter of shepherding their evolution than creating them from scratch Cultivating Communities of Practice
  10. 10. Define your CoP Purpose Shared Interest Community Practice
  11. 11.  Quality assurance  Learning outcomes  Curriculum mapping  Teaching strategies  Student engagement  Assessment  Accessibility  Learning objects  Working with partners
  12. 12. Perform: sharing stories  There is no right beat for all communities, and the beat is likely to change as the community evolves.  Finding the right rhythm at each stage is key to a community development.  What kinds of community activities will generate energy and engagement and support the emergence of community “presence” (activities, communication, interaction, learning, knowledge sharing, collaboration, and roles)?
  13. 13. Discussion 2  Sharing stories was found to be essential in building our CoP.  What do you think based from your own experience? Share your story please!
  14. 14. Lessons Learned  Our experience is that the CoP developed organically  The role of the working group as a facilitator enabled the growth of the CoP  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning emerged  The collaborative learning process of ‘thinking together’, we argue, is what essentially brings Communities of Practice to life and not the other way round.  Thinking together is conceptually based on Polanyi’s (1962) idea of indwelling: when peoples’ indwelling is interlocked on the same cue, they can guide each other through their understanding of a mutually recognized real-life problem, and in this way they indirectly ‘share’ tacit knowledge Polanyi M (1962) Personal Knowledge, Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
  15. 15. Acknowledgement “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; staying together is success.” Henry Ford To all our colleagues and collaborators over the years!

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