How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

Learning Wire

<div class=”page-chapo”>Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise.</div> </div> The theory around communities of practice was developed by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave in the early 1990s. How do communities of practice work?

How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

Learning Wire

Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise. The theory around communities of practice was developed by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave in the early 1990s. Suddenly, ad hoc communities of practice were transformed into engines for management reframing.


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Lurking is Not a Static State

ID Reflections

Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. I have recently taken on enterprise community facilitation and was curious to see how people are interacting on our enterprise collaboration platform.

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From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. The age of Connectivism was truly upon us.

The most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/28/2010 The most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter On Twitter exists a resourceful community of e-Learning professionals. During the last 2 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from this community of practice. Very informative for the e-Learning community!

Content is a tyrant.

Learning with 'e's

The imminent arrival of widespread 4G broadband and LTE ( Long Term Evolution ) will usher in wider availability to information and push even more data to our mobile devices over the same amount of radio spectrum. But in adopting these communication advances, are we also opening the door for a deluge of content? Are we not already swamped by a tsunami of content? Knowledge comes about through learning and through the diligent application of information.

Coherent Implications

Clark Quinn

One of the things to do with models is use them as the basis to explain and predict. There are three layers: work teams composed of members from different communities of practice, that are connected outward to broader social networks. An important element is the flow of information within the model; ensuring that there are no barriers to making effective choices. And of course they should share their learnings back with the community.

Blended Learning For Better Results

Actio Learning

[updated from the original publication of February 2019} We find the challenge of designing, and engineering, effective blended learning experiences exciting and compelling. sources of information ( resource repositories , job aids, etc.),

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 20, 2020

Mike Taylor

One of the highlights was all the texts, emails and other notes that make me smile as I reflect on the people sending them and how our paths have crossed over the years. It is a neat trip down memory lane of lots of really great people from literally around the world.

How Digital Learning Became Connected Learning

Leo Learning

This post from Andrew Joly, LEO’s Director of Strategic Design, looks at how digital learning has evolved to become connected learning—where social learning and data-led learning ecosystems combine to deliver game-changing opportunities for learning and organizational performance. Connected learning references two distinct and powerful drivers in the evolution of digitally-enabled learning that have been evolving as key themes in our thinking. Xerox: Communities of Practice.

Come for a job, stay for a career

CLO Magazine

ManTech’s experts tackle the biggest technology challenges for some of the nation’s most important clients. The IT consultancy provides solutions for cybersecurity, big data analytics, enterprise IT and systems engineering to federal government customers.

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Scenario Based Learning for Healthcare Professionals

Origin Learning

Scenario based learning is a practical approach to learning where in students develop problem solving skills by being exposed to ‘problems’ or ‘cases’ that are replicas of actual scenarios that they may face at work. It is based on the principles of situated learning theory(Lave & Wenger, 1991) which postulates that learning happens best when it takes place in the context that it is going to be applied to. What is scenario based learning?

Top 3 Questions (we get) about xAPI

Yet Analytics

If you are like most of the people who reach out to the Yet Analytics team, you need advice about xAPI. But did you know that the Yet team provides consulting, advising, and R&D prototyping for some of the more interesting xAPI use cases across government and industry?

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Supporting self-managed team learning in the organisation

Jane Hart

This is a post in a series that I am writing about how the future role of L&D is moving from “packaging learning” to “scaffolding learning”. So supporting self-managed team learning is not about providing them with courses as they do their work, helping them to find their own courses, or even helping them to create their own courses for one another – rather it is about helping them to share their knowledge, experiences, ideas and resources as part of their daily workflow.

ELC 017: The Limitless Possibilities of xAPI (Tin Can)

The eLearning Coach

Do you want to spread your wings and take advantage of modern technologies? Experience API or xAPI) and discusses its potential for […] Post from: The eLearning Coach ELC 017: The Limitless Possibilities of xAPI (Tin Can). Do you want to spread your wings and take advantage of modern technologies? She designed products, early content and application prototypes, teaching engineers and instructional technologists to experiment with the API.

70:20:10 for trainers

E-Learning Provocateur

At the time of writing this blog, over half the respondents have chosen “No” Assuming they are all L&D professionals, the extrapolation means most of us don’t think the 70:20:10 model is relevant to our work. – by the way, “fair dinkum” is Australian slang for “real” or “genuine” – Emeritus Professor David Boud says he doesn’t think there is proper evidence available for the effectiveness of the model.

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5 long-lasting lessons from 2021 to speed up workforce competitiveness in an accelerated world

CLO Magazine

Businesses have faced many drastic changes during the times of the pandemic. On one hand, it slowed down businesses in certain areas, but on the other, it caused an over-acceleration of the adoption of unimaginable levels of changes and technologies.

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10 (3)

Jay Cross

Conversations are the stem cells of learning. Companies need to take advantage of the social nature of learning. Retention will skyrocket, and conversation will mitigate the boredom of most eLearning. Communities of practice. A Community of Practice (CoP) is a social network of people who identify with one another professionally (e.g. designers of logic chips) or have mutual interests (e.g.

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With Gratitude…


2015 gave MakingBetter an amazing journey that was full of surprises. We launched an online journal, the xAPI Quarterly , kickstarting the publishing arm of our business, Connections Forum , and we ran our first events, xAPI Camps that each were co-created with our participants. We celebrated another amazing year with the amazing community, Up to All of Us , which will convene again in Sonoma County, February 12-15. Grateful for the xAPI Community.

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Course Development+Social Network+Commerce

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Wouldn't it be great if there was a clearing house of eLearning Development Projects? I mean, let's say I'm at a high tech company and someone says, "we need all of our engineers to know the basics of thermal dynamics". Shouldn't we ALL be able to come together and work as a community of practice to share the work we've done? Can you think of any generic courses you've worked on lately?

Corporate Training Content: Directions in Curation


One of the mantras I’ve championed is " curation over creation." As background, in the context of learning, knowledge plays a particular role. Learning needs to be engaged in meaningful practice to develop new skills. The first approach is, of course, by hand.

Supporting the Social Workplace Learning Continuum

Jane Hart

In my previous blog post I explained how I recognized it is difficult for a lot of organisations to support informal and social learning in their organisations, because they are unable to jump the two mindset hurdles of (a) thinking that learning only happens in training courses, and (b) that all organisational learning needs to be controlled by Training/L&D departments.

70:20:10 For Trainers


At the time of writing this blog, over half the respondents have chosen “No”. Assuming they are all L&D professionals, the extrapolation means most of us don’t think the 70:20:10 model is relevant to our work. by the way, “fair dinkum” is Australian slang for “real” or “genuine” – Emeritus Professor David Boud says he doesn’t think there is proper evidence available for the effectiveness of the model. And while this might sound a bit harsh, it may contain a seed of truth.

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Top of Mind: Experimenting with Social Physics

CLO Magazine

Allison Horn is the managing director of learning and leadership development at Accenture. MIT professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland, often called the father of social physics, defines social physics in his 2015 book, “Social Physics: How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter,” as “a quantitative social science that describes reliable, mathematical connections between information and idea flow on the one hand and people’s behavior on the other.”

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Everyone’s a natural at social learning

Sponge UK

What I didn’t expect was that I’d have to show him how to use my Mac (he’d not used one before), so I taught him to find the equivalent of command (terminal) and numerous other Mac specific commands. Relinquish control But organisations have to be careful not to be seen ‘hijacking’ their employees’ social interactions, with the aim of benefiting from them. Organisations can’t take control of social learning, but have to relinquish control of it and let it ‘happen’.

Stuart Crabb of Facebook #ASTDTK12

Learning Visions

Humans have been collaborating since the dawn of time. We’ve been doing social networking for millions of years. (He’s Mass distribution of thoughts and ideas. 1970 Marshall McLuhan ‘the medium is the message’ 1995 The Internet 2004 Facebook and the social graph – the social layer of the internet which allows people to connect and share. YOU are the censor of your own social graph. You are at the heart, the center of your social graph.

Technical eLearning Made Easy - Tip #204

Vignettes Learning

Technical training appeals to me a great deal because of the way training is designed around technical and factual information and the ability to get returns from whatever investment has been made. The challenge presented by these trainings, has always been the inundation of so much facts, measurements and other factors. As a result, there is a lack of focus on the right and much needed learning content.

Checklist: transforming corporate learning

Jay Cross

Experience has taught us that making over a training department into a business learning function requires these activities: Sell the vision of learning as a value-creating component of social business. articulate the vision and value of Working Smarter to executive management. explain how to integrate learning & development into the fabric of the business. recognize continuous learning as the engine of innovation and continuous improvement.

10 free social learning platforms

Ed App

Along with the rise of online social networking, the ability to transfer social learning into an online format has also become a more seamless process. These types of benefits can have new employers quickly adapt to a new working environment.

Don’t Create, When You Can Curate

Harbinger Interactive Learning

The role of L&D (Learning and Development) has clearly expanded, pivoting around the new paradigm of ‘Learning’. In the post-pandemic world, the L&D teams will have to do things differently in order to meet expectations of the business.

Informal Learning - Harold Tells Us Where To Put It - Now What

Tony Karrer

His post is the kind of reasoned thinking that helps make sense of different approaches. And realistically, we are beginning to see all of these be parts of the solution mix. And realistically, this is part of the challenge today, the broadening to look at a broader solution mix. What is curious though is that much of the discussion around Informal Learning seems to center on Communities of Practice.

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5 ways to make your LMS work for you

Sponge UK

Let’s look at some of the ways you can shift your perspective on your LMS and see how it can benefit your employees. This setup period is just the start of administering the platform. Many of your everyday tasks can be automated or made much easier by the LMS, leaving you more time to focus on your learners. This follow-up can be part of the normal review process of a company. One of Jakob Nielsen’s 10 principles for user interface design is consistency.

Harvesting Learning’s Fruit: A Downstream Training Investment

Living in Learning

In an earlier post, I introduced the concept of a Learning Continuum defined by three phases: • Prepare – to create readiness in our learners prior to formal training. Deploy – delivery of formal training in a variety of blends. As a panelist in a recent webinar on “The Future of the Business of Learning” (7/23/09) I placed significant emphasis on the Reinforce phase of the Continuum and made a reference to the need to “harvest” what learning produces in the work context.

Second Last Class – Seeing Early Results

Web Tools for Learners

Yesterday was the second last class and we spent most of the class time listening to their second last assignment, a commercial/pitch to advertise their final assignment – a story of theirs that they create a recording of and post online. The recordings of their pitches we heard were wonderful, and why wouldn’t they be. Over the term, I asked them to read about and practice two kinds of rhetorical skills: traditional -.

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Knowledge Management Core Issues

Tony Karrer

With an ever deceasing half-life of knowledge , just keeping up has become a major corporate imperative. Sure we have improved search engines, more stuff on the web and many ways to make connections, but the difficulty is making sense and finding people really 'in-the-know'. We need practical ways to build personal informal networks. Helping groups learn from mistakes and errors, practices to carry over learnings from project to project and improve corporate memory.

Making Connections: Trends in Social Learning

Obsidian Learning

Building on the concept of communities of practice , Etienne Wenger (2009) has proposed a social theory of learning. The focus of this theory is “learning as social participation,” in which learners actively participate in the practices of social communities and construct personal identities in relation to these communities. As instructional designers, we’re aware of various theories about how and why people learn.

Learning and performance

Learning with 'e's

No matter what we learn, our knowledge, skills (and also our attitudes) are usually externalised in some kind of outward expression. Acquiring dexterity in art results in the production of artifacts. Learning to play an instrument ultimately results in some form of musical performance. Learning engineering will result in the construction of engines, bridges, walls, buildings, etc. On our journey of becoming, we engage in a great deal of performance.