CoP Series #5: Is my community a community of practice?

Nancy White

Many people get worried about making sure their group is a CoP. In our first post on Communities of Practice (CoPs) we disabused ourselves of the confusion between a community and the platform that allows a community to interact together online. Is a team a CoP?

Practical examples: CoPs in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

During the tech forum in Ghana I did a presentation on communities of practice and we asked for questions and examples of CoPs in Ghana.

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Creative Destruction and CoPs

Joitske Hulsebosch

Several elements that move this process forward are: New members -- as new people join a community, asking new questions, questioning old assumptions, holding different values, the membership changes but so does the collective thinking. I've been thinking about creative destruction recently because of a speaker I was recruiting reminded me of the term.

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 12 2008 CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? CoP with Nancy White).

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 12 2008 CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? CoP with Nancy White).

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care?

Nancy White

CoP with Nancy White). In the first in our series on communities of practice, (CoPs) I briefly mentioned Community, Domain and Practice. Membership therefore implies a commitment to the domain, and therefore a shared competence that distinguishes members from other people.

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Green Chameleon » Could a CoP Become a Gang

Green Chameleon

www.straitsknowledge.com blog articles how-to guides events publications book videos about Could a CoP Become a Gang I have just watched an episode of “ Get Real ” on Channel News Asia where this week’s feature was on teenage gangs. While membership and participation is voluntary in a CoP, how do we handle the psychological dependence that could emerge? What are the tell tale signs when a CoP becomes a gang?

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Re-energising CoPs

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Select from the drop down list of the lead facilitator And select Save changes Please note that the Lead Facilitator will be contactable from the communities tab by the CoP platform message system, when a member is searching for a community. Community membership accept and reject messages Community facilitators have the ability to create three accept and three reject messages for when they receive community membership requests.

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 12 2008 CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? CoP with Nancy White).

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 12 2008 CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? CoP with Nancy White).

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 12 2008 CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? CoP with Nancy White).

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 12 2008 CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? CoP with Nancy White).

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Building open communities

Jenny Connected

For example, in 2007, Engestrom wrote of the costs of a community of practice as follows: A community of practice is a fairly well-bounded local entity which has clear boundaries and membership criteria.

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Good CoP, Bad CoP (Community of Practice) « Stop, Collaborate and Listen

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Home About Good CoP, Bad CoP (Community of Practice) 27 10 2009 I’ve been working with Communities of Practice for about 3 years and have learnt many lessons on what to do and what not to do.

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More on CoPs

John Tropea - Delicious Community

From: Sanjay Swarup , Expert Replicating Proven Practices To add to comments made by Stan, here are some of my experiences at Ford Motor Company where I supported and managed 54 Communities of Practice (CoPs): For any CoP to survive/thrive, the role of an active executive sponsor is vital. Minimum monthly CoP health checks are a must, as is providing timely rewards and recognition, especially in the presence of peers of the CoP members.

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#betreat12 Communities of practice and learning

Jenny Connected

Learning is not reified as an extraneous goal or as a special category of activity or membership (p.95). Following Bev’s challenge I thought about it a lot and came to the conclusion that the difference was to do with values, i.e. ultimately the purpose of a CoP in an organisation like Shell seems to me to be principally about knowledge management and through this making money for the company, or gaining strategic advantage. Learning in these CoPs serves this purpose.

Blog Aggregation

Jenny Connected

Members pay a membership fee. I think the idea is that the stream will include ‘trusted’ friends who write about CoP related issues, but are not necessarily paid up members of the community. Tagged: #fslt12 , aggregator , blogging , blogs , communities of practice , CoPs , cpsquare , downes , grsshopper , MOOC. CPsquare EdDevMOOC #fslt12 aggregator blogging blogs CoPs cpsquare downes grsshopper MOOCAs with other MOOCs, the #fslt12 MOOC offers blog aggregation.

‘Identity in practice’, ‘Participation and non-participation’

Jenny Connected

Identity results from multi-membership of many communities and associated multiple convergent and divergent trajectories. Tagged: #betreat12 , communities of practice , CoPs , cpsquare , identity , negotiation , participation , reification , trajectory , Wenger. BEtreat #betreat12 communities of practice CoPs cpsquare identity negotiation participation reification trajectory Wenger

Academic Betreat as a landscape of practice

Jenny Connected

ability to manage coexistence of membership and nonmembership. It seems to fulfill many of the criteria of a CoP. Tagged: #betreat12 , communitiesofpractice , CoPs , landscape of practice , Wenger. BEtreat #betreat12 communitiesofpractice CoPs landscape of practice WengerIn preparation for the Academic Betreat 2012 , we have been asked to read a number of chapters from Etienne Wenger’s book, Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identity.

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Blog Aggregation

Jenny Connected

Members pay a membership fee. I think the idea is that the stream will include ‘trusted’ friends who write about CoP related issues, but are not necessarily paid up members of the community. Tagged: #fslt12 , aggregator , blogging , blogs , communities of practice , CoPs , cpsquare , downes , grsshopper , MOOC. CPsquare EdDevMOOC #fslt12 aggregator blogging blogs communities of practice CoPs cpsquare downes grsshopper MOOC

Understanding Communities of Practice

Collaborative Thinking

A great series of articles well-worth the time to read if you are interested in Communities of Practice: Communities of Practice (CoPs). CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? CoP Series #3: Community - without people? CoP Series #4: Practice Makes Perfect. CoP Series #5: Is my community a community of practice? In CoP Series #5, Nancy addresses the question of CoP and social network: Is a CoP the same thing as a (social) network?

The E-collaboration network, a CoP and a laboratory

I collaborate, e-collaborate, we collaborate

It will not elaborate much on the past but focus on points of reflection and next steps in order to develop our network into a flourishing CoP. The boundaries of the group, group membership: The discussion on the relevance of the group also includes that of the boundaries. Community of Practice (CoP), a laboratory: A fter the discussions with John it becomes clear that our network is, of course, a Community of Practice.

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Green Chameleon " Could a CoP Become a Gang

John Tropea - Delicious Community

www.straitsknowledge.com blog articles how-to guides events publications book videos about Could a CoP Become a Gang I have just watched an episode of “ Get Real ” on Channel News Asia where this week’s feature was on teenage gangs. While membership and participation is voluntary in a CoP, how do we handle the psychological dependence that could emerge? What are the tell tale signs when a CoP becomes a gang?

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A sense of community: The role of CoPs in knowledge management - Inside Knowledge

John Tropea - Delicious Community

At their best, CoPs exemplify what most broader KM initiatives attempt to create on a grander scale: a thriving, collaborative association of people, catalysed by the willing and dedicated participation of its members. And according to Hanley, a CoP is defined by three critical components.

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Leadership Maxims, Avoiding a CoP Mid-Life Crisis, Library Clips, Knowledge and Learning Toolkit, Ten Commandments for Business Failure

John Tropea - Delicious Community

He is starting Phase 2 of a CoP study with the primary, but not exclusive, focus of health and financial services. This week I feature one of Richard’s articles - How to Avoid a Mid-Life Crisis in Your CoPs : Uncovering six keys to sustaining communities. While some CoPs falter, others mature into dynamic entities that seem to share six characteristics: Clear purpose - The community sets and evaluates clear short-term and long-term goals.

Communities of Practice

Chris Corrigan

What do you need to consider when building a Community of Practice CoP that spans organizational boundaries where client confidentiality needs to be honored. There are a plethora of things to be considered when building an online virtual community of practice, these include; the team and the contexts’ relationship with openness, the memberships ability to be self-determined, how online communication will be broadened and followed, and how the internet is the platform.

Communities of Practice

Chris Corrigan

What do you need to consider when building a Community of Practice CoP that spans organizational boundaries where client confidentiality needs to be honored. There are a plethora of things to be considered when building an online virtual community of practice, these include; the team and the contexts’ relationship with openness, the memberships ability to be self-determined, how online communication will be broadened and followed, and how the internet is the platform.

Practical example: Communities of practice at CARE International

Joitske Hulsebosch

The article [link] talks about a pilot to create two CoPs with members from CARE offices in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Sri Lanka. CoPs need to effect an organisational transformation as knowledge sharing is not the norm.

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Practical benefits of studying the biological evolution of cooperation

Jenny Connected

By community of practice, I understand this as defined by Etienne Wenger in his 1998 book – where he defines a CoP as having three clearly identifiable characteristics; a domain, a shared practice and a community of members – who participate in the community through mutual engagement, joint enterprise and shared repertoire. Questions that we have been asked to focus on this week in Howard Rheingold’s class – Towards a Literacy of Cooperation are: 1.

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Housing communities “outside”

Learning Alliances

Yesterday someone on the staff of the Inter-American Development Bank asked an interesting question on com-prac : Could you please share with me what the practices (and or policies) regarding the “housing&# of CoPs in your organizations are? Specifically, how Staffordshire University hosted a community on best e-learning practices whose membership was largely outside the University.

MirandaNet: Social Networking trivial or mind expanding?

Community Capers

This concept of a Community of Practice (CoP) is key to understanding how braided learning works online. The term CoPs was coined by Lave & Wenger (1991) with acknowledgement that it refers to a human process of working and learning together that has been operating for centuries (e.g., It has been described by researchers as a CoP “with an active and passionate core’ (Stuckey, 2005, p. The CoP as a whole began to see and benefit from this kind of publication in 1999.

My KM World 2010 and Enterprise Search Summit 2010 Notes: Stan Garfield on Communities of Practice

Portals and KM

I attended the session, 10 Principles for Successful CoPs. He offers real-world examples and discusses tools while emphasizing key themes: Communities should be independent of organization structure; they are different from teams; are not sites, blogs or wikis; community leadership and membership should be voluntary; communities span boundaries; need a critical mass of members; start with as broad a scope as is reasonable; need to be actively nurtured; and more.”.

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Practical benefits of studying the biological evolution of cooperation

Jenny Connected

By community of practice, I understand this as defined by Etienne Wenger in his 1998 book – where he defines a CoP as having three clearly identifiable characteristics; a domain, a shared practice and a community of members – who participate in the community through mutual engagement, joint enterprise and shared repertoire. Questions that we have been asked to focus on this week in Howard Rheingold’s class – Towards a Literacy of Cooperation are: 1.

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Lifecycle of Emergence

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Networks tend to have fluid membership; people move in and out of them based on how much they personally benefit from participating. The second stage of emergence is the development of communities of practice (CoPs). CoPs are also self-organized.

Practical example: Ayuda Urbana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Even though membership is open to other cities, I still see the same members on the website now. Eight topics were selected by participants (from e-government to disaster prevention) and seven CoPs were started, bringing together 128 members from 10 cities. CoPs theory acknowledge the role experts can play in a community of practice

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Community of practice - EduTech Wiki

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Contents 1 Definitions 2 Supporting a COP through virtual environments 3 Communities of practice, formal learning and education 4 Components of a social learning system 4.1 What are CoPs? People in CoPs can perform the same job (tech reps) or collaborate on a shared task (software developers) or work together on a product (engineers, marketers, and manufacturing specialists). Boundaries Boundaries within learning systems and between CoPs are mutable.

Social bookmarking NPtech and NPK4dev

Joitske Hulsebosch

In a way, the tagging experiment has brought a new member into the e-collaboration CoP, a person who might be an fanatic tagger (?). Some tools seem to encourage the formalization of a certain level of membership (like signing up for the Dgroup).

21st Century Learning: The Art of Building Virtual Communities

Delicious/choconancy/online_community

Youd think developing a virtual learning community (VLC) or online community of practice (CoP) would be easier. However, with the rise of virtual learning community platforms like Ning and Elgg it is becoming evident that many CoPs are dead onarrival and many others die of neglect early on, intheir toddler stage. Participants ask themselves what is the benefit of membership?

Incredibly Dull: Lurking or Lost?

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Membership, or subscriptions, are often used to measure the size of a community, using the premise that, if they are still members, they are at least "actively lurking". To be fair, the company improved both their methods of counting and reporting membership in response to the complaints.)

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Snippets - One size fits all Community of Practice?

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Q: Why should there be at least 50 people in a CoP? If a CoP has only 10 members, that means that only one person will be doing most of the activity. In a CoP of 50, you can expect around 5 people to be very active, and that is probably the minimum number for success. membership communityArchive. /. Snippets. Research of insightful things people say. RANDOM POSTS. Jan 24. One size fits all Community of Practice?

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How I use social media

Nancy White

I was simply unaware of the label, the research and scholarship around these things we call “CoPs.&# Back in the late 90’s technology was just used for distributed Cops - folks who could not physically be together.

Key Findings About Communities - KM Edge: Where the best in Knowledge Management come together

John Tropea - Delicious Community

The majority of organizations support more than one type of CoP. 3 Although senior leadership support for communities is important, such support does not guarantee that CoPs will be active and sustained. Management is instrumental in selecting topics for communities, ensuring that CoPs are aligned with business objectives and opportunities, and securing resources and funding. 6 Even at organizations with mature CoP programs, engagement strategies vary greatly.

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Communities of Practice: Overview - KM Edge: Where the best in Knowledge Management come together

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Sign In Home KM Topics KM Overview Case Studies About Us Search Communities of Practice: Overview APQC defines communities of practice (CoPs) as designated networks of people who share information and knowledge. Each CoP is held together by a common goal and desire to share experiences, insights, and best practices related to a topic or discipline using collective norms and processes. Many such CoPs have charters and expected business outcomes.

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