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:
- Members share a domain of interest – value their collective knowledge
- Members engage in joint activities and discussions – learn from each other
- 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?
Our 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.
Above content adapted from Etienne Wenger and the CAUCE Professional Development Committee May 2006.
Our Communities of Practice
Leadership and Program Management
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
Online Learning and Instructional Design
The online learning and instructional design community
Indigenous and Decolonizing Programming
Over the past decade, there has been growing recognition among educational scholars of the importance of redefining the role and relevancy of post-secondary institutions in the 21st-century. How institutions relate and respond to a changing social, cultural landscape has not only defined Canadian university mission and vision statements but has also informed strategic priorities.
Marketing and Student Service Administration
The Marketing and Student Service Administration Community of Practice is aimed at those interested and involved in attracting and retaining students.
The community strives to develop marketing and communications and student services leaders through the exploration of evolving theories and trends, and the sharing of best practices, strategies
The community will foster leadership development for individuals seeking to enhance and grow their expertise by learning from industry experts and collaborating with colleagues nationally and globally. Professionals at all levels can develop their expertise and skills and stay relevant in the ever-changing continuing education and marketing and communications environment.