Communities of Practice (CoP)

The following five topics form our  CAUCE  Communities of Practice (CoP).

1. Leadership and Program Management  – Lead: Kristine Collins, University of Toronto

Leadership and program management refers to the academic and administrative oversight of continuing education programs. This may include strategic level planning and decision making, team leadership, curriculum development and innovation, intra-university affairs and collaboration, partnerships and alignment with professional associations/industry, instructor engagement, business development, performance management and recruitment as well as the day-to-day administrative work that ensure CE programs are running smoothly.

2. Learning and Administrative Technologies – Leads: Richard Rush, University of Victoria and Ian Allen, University of New Brunswick

Learning and Administrative Technologies may include, but are not limited to: Applications and Software in the categories of CRM systems, Enrolment systems, student information systems, finance or enterprise systems, Learning management systems, data analytics or learning analytics systems, lecture capture, portfolio, Artificial Intelligence, student response or other learning technologies.

3. Online Learning and Instructional Design – Lead: Dan Piedra, McMaster University

Online Learning and Instructional Design includes topics related to experiences around all facets on online learning and the instructional design around it, emerging technologies and developments, software, applications, as well as challenges and successes of the same. This community is well suited for those who occupy leadership roles within CE units, including Deans, Directors, Associate Deans/Directors, Managers, Instructional Designers, Learning Systems Technologists or other support personnel who work in the design and development of online learning.

4. Indigenous and Decolonizing Programming – Lead: Rod Lastra, University of Manitoba

5. Marketing, Enrolment and Student Services – TBA

LinkedIn Groups 

To help these groups form and grow, we are launching LinkedIn Groups for each topic, and the first three have been activated. To join the conversations,  CAUCE members may search for the groups in LinkedIn (or click the links below) and request to join. We will be rolling out the other two groups in the coming weeks. 

Leadership and Program Management – CAUCE Community of Practice (Group Owner: Richard Rush, University of Victoria)
Learning and Administrative Technologies – CAUCE Community of Practice (Group Owner: Kristine Collins, University of Toronto)
Online Learning and Instructional Design – CAUCE Community of Practice (Group Owner: Dan Piedra, McMaster University)

In addition, these five CoP’s will form the streams for our 2018 Annual Conference in Halifax NS. The call for proposals will be out in mid-October so watch your inbox for more information.

What are Communities of Practice?*

Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better. Communities of Practice come in many forms – small to large, informal to formal, local to global. They have the following in common:

  1. Members share a domain of interest – value their collective knowledge
  2. Members engage in joint activities and discussions – learn from each other
  3. Members develop a shared repertoire of resources – tools, templates, ideas, strategies for solving problems, updates on developments

How do they form and grow?

Communities of Practice are “organic” and often voluntary in nature. Members are attracted and engaged by practical discussions of ideas, issues and lessons learned. Groups are sustained by regular interactions (e.g., meetings, teleconferences, email discussions, one-to-one networking) that are valuable and relevant.

What benefits do they offer?

The CAUCE CoP’s provide an effective way for members to share ideas and approaches, problems and solutions, knowledge and insights. They offer an opportunity for new continuing educators to gain an introduction to the field and for seasoned professionals to stay informed about the latest developments. 


* Adapted from content on Etienne Wenger’s web site ( and the CAUCE Professional Development Committee May 2006.