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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ASAE Annual: A Gathering of People Who Build Communities of Practice

Web Courseworks

Due to a cancellation of this year’s Technology Conference, a lot of focus will be put on the learning labs for the Business of Technology track, and I have a feeling it will not be a disappointment. Associations can create communitites of practice. Since taking graduate level courses in Adult Learning Theory, I have been intrigued by Lave and Wengers’ writings on communities of practice.

Six Obstacles to Building Communities in Organizations

ID Reflections

Rachel Happe begins her latest post, 10 Trends for the Future of Communities , with a comprehensive description of the various intersecting and intermingling streams and characteristics that inform communities, and I am quoting her below: Communities sit at the intersection of a number of trends; social media, digital transformation, a generational shift to prioritize purposeful work, the future of work, change management, leadership and social learning.

Stuart Crabb of Facebook #ASTDTK12

Learning Visions

Humans have been collaborating since the dawn of time. Facebook didn’t invent that, just created a great tool. We’ve been doing social networking for millions of years. (He’s He’s using Facebook timeline to tell the story). 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.

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!

5 Reasons Facilitators Keep Virtual Training Class Size Small

InSync Training

I wanted to share more than my personal opinion, so I asked members of our Facebook Virtual Classroom Community of Practice what they thought. Facilitation Virtual Classroom - Facilitation Virtual Classroom - Best Practices I recently posted a blog concerning the optimal class size for virtual training.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff

Learning Visions

Thursday, June 14, 2007 Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff In the spirit of building a Community of Practice -- sharing ideas and processes -- I thought Id try and share what I can of a current project. Ive done a lot of e-Learning projects, created a lot of courses, but this is the first time that Ive been a part of the strategy itself. I did a lot of research in preparing our proposal and making our sales call.

Exploring Social and Community EdTech Tools and Apps

InSync Training

This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into social and community tools and apps. Again, some of the tools and apps you find here stretch across multiple categories. Sometimes creating a community of practice or personalized learning network is not a project goal or objective, but we know that putting one in place will certainly promote knowledge and skill acquisition in our learner’s moments of need.

Global digital tribe

Learning with 'e's

If you are immersed in technology mediated communication, there are no apparent barriers to membership of your community of practice. It is your virtual community. It is tribal because the global online community exhibits many of the characteristics of traditional, territorial tribal practice. Whether or not we realise it, if we regularly use social media, we are members of the world wide digital tribe.

TCC08: Creating and Teaching a College-Level Undergraduate Course in Social Networking

Experiencing eLearning

This is another liveblogged post from the TCC 2008 conference, presented by Robert Fulkerth, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA. Past predictions about online communities assumed text because that was what was available. Provided a bunch of stats on social networking usage–I’m not taking notes on all that). Wachovia is testing social networking for sharing information and developing community within the community.

LearnTrends: Microlearning

Experiencing eLearning

Microlearning – the learning that results from “micro” content published in short form and limited by the software and devices used to view it – offers alternatives to traditional development methods for workers who deal with web-based information as part of their job. Let’s discuss how microlearning might address the realities of learning in a digital age. Microcontent is little bits of digital information in a permanent state of flux and circulation.

Top 5 Things Associations can Learn from Corporate Training Departments

Association eLearning

Most associations have provided some degree of member education as part of their mission. And for associations, educational offerings can be a valuable source of non-dues revenue. But with the growth of new learning technologies and with members facing more and more change and a need for continual learning, associations are missing out on an even bigger opportunity. According to American Council on Education, 90% of what we learn, we learn from each other.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “Emerging Technologies for the Classroom”

Adobe Captivate

In October, I posted some recommended reading that complemented one of my classes on gamification. I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the last article ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Google Scholar features most of the chapter for free. Teaching and learning practices benefit from the collective knowledge that social technology provides.

Connecting a Disconnected Workforce through Storytelling

Training Industry

Technology grants us greater access to people, essentially challenging the six degrees of separation theory – the idea that any two people in the world are separated by only six connections. Facebook has managed to shrink the six degrees of separation to just four. We need to ‘dive deep’ into getting the story which resides in each of us.” Incorporating engagement strategies into daily communication practices can ignite passion and motivation within employees.

Book review: Social media for trainers

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

I'm following a lot of social media buzz, a lot is by marketeers. And I can't really find my way in some of the e-learning content, when it is discussing LMS/CMS issues for instance. Hence I'm really happy that there is a book specifically written for trainers- and about use of social media, a very clear focus (our upcoming Dutch book about social media for professionals, organisations and facilitators might have benefitted from a clearer focus in hindsight?).

My takeaways from OEB18: communities, AI and 3D-smarts and some very practical stuff

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

when it ended, but completely energized and full of new ideas! I followed his advice of doing a pre-conference session with Jef Staes which was one of my highlights. He notices people were looking for practical applications, whereas a conference like this is to challenge your thinking. My thinking was sharpened, but I also took away really practical lessons for the things I am working on (like the idea to embed peergradio in Moodle for instance.)

In response to Twitter Quitters - 40% leave after one month.

ID Reflections

The connotation of the word social is changing from one of "connect" to bring into its fold other meanings like collaborate, learn, share, give, participate, hear, be heard, ask, be answered.This is not a litany in praise of Twitter--it is in support of all social networking sites (SNS) that will help us to collaborate and build collective knowledge. The latter will be our saviour in this time of recession when corporate training budgets are at an all time low.

Blog Book Tour: Social Media for Trainers--stop #9

ID Reflections

#SoMe for Trainers: Beating the Forgetting Curve This is the 9th stop of the Blog Book Tour for Jane Bozarth's new book, S ocial Media for Trainers. Needless to say, I am extremely proud to be a part of the tour and to have been invited by Jane Bozarth to add my thoughts along with thought-leaders and stalwarts in the field. In this book, she “breaks down” the components of each SoMe tool, clarifies when these can be best used, how to use them and, most importantly, why.

3 Ways to Level Up your eLearning Games


G ames in the form of mobile applications or desktop games have successfully merged into the adult learning environment. While eLearning games received a considerable amount of resistance, they have proven their worth through superior learning achievement results. Your car’s GPS trying to get you to become a registered member of the application through badges and icons? Have the learners drag the correct items in the image of the first aid box!

Learning & Development Conferences for 2020

Limestone Learning

For many L&D/T&D professionals, a conference is an opportunity to delve into a community of practice where you can see how other professionals are incorporating new innovations and tools into their work. Being in the company of others with similar career journeys can also give you some reinforcement and boost your self-confidence — a gift for those of us who work virtually and may feel a bit isolated sometimes.

We participate and therefore we are

ID Reflections

As John Seely Brown says, ~Instead of “ I think therefore I am ”, it is “We participate and therefore we are” ~ Social learning has always been around. And has probably been one of the most effective means of learning as Bandura and Vygotsky had said long back. We have built communities of practices to facilitate and construct our own understanding. Lack of formal training because of point 2 4. Ever-decreasing shelf life of knowledge 5.

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John Seeley Brown Keynote at #ASTD2013

Learning Visions

10,000 or so training and development people here to extend their practice. We have been in a period of instability and it won’t be stable for a long, long time…. Corporations have yet to organize in high-end guilds like world of warcraft. The half life of any skills is shrinking to less than five years. Stocks = assets that we packaged (the old order of corporate training). A lot of it is still tacit. Our ways of working need to be reframed.

Role of L&D in the 21C Workplace

ID Reflections

The impact of technology, globalization, ubiquitous connectivity, remote work and distributed work teams, and economy of individuals to name a few drivers have changed the face of workplace learning and performance dramatically. Refer to Ross Dawson’s The Future of Work for a detailed overview. The more of the same task they performed, the more efficient they became. Economy of scale was achieved. This is the world of work that L&D must support today.

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50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. In a learning culture, we start with the performance goal and then select the mix of methods that will help employees acquire and retain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs they need in order to achieve those goals. This is a list of 50 of those methods. Testing knowledge – using results of knowledge tests to facilitate more learning.

Book instead of blogposts

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

You can almost guess what it means: Learning in times of tweets, apps and likes (and yes we have driven our editor crazy with the amount of English terms in the book). It was great fun to do, but it costs a lot of time, in addition to ordinary consultancies, our courses and private life. What I really liked is that we had a group of 20-25 people who wanted to think along for instance with a facebook exchange and/or reviewing the models.

Value of Investment (VOI) vs. Return on Investment

Kapp Notes

Perhaps the constant effort to find the ROI of higher education or even training programs is mis-placed, should we be asking ourselves if an alternative exists? As the competitive landscape of higher education shifts and the training industry changes, using a measurement like Return On Investment (ROI) as the only guide for evaluating information technology investments like an LMS or an audience response system is a mistake. Johnson community college initiative. [3]

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Are you going digital?

Clear Lessons

Online learning often relates to things such as eLearning, webinars and online communities. But there’s a whole lot of technology that supports the offline environment. The report also found that 50% of employers have a digital skills gap. Nesta warns against funding training in those digital skills that are soon going to be on the wane – such as data input and preparation of payroll, tax reports and invoice processing. Are you going digital?

A little more conversation

Learning with 'e's

Now it depends on how you define CPD, but for me it is the personal learning you require to sustain, enhance and extend your own capabilities within your professional practice. All of my learning right now, at this stage of my career, is self determined. The dialogue I enjoy is accessed via my PLN, often through Twitter, but can also come from LinkedIn or Facebook, Google Hangouts or even YouTube and any number of other of the social media platforms I use.

What Does Social Learning Look Like? Pokémon GO


There isn’t much user support, so understanding more about specifics of the product proves to be a collaborative proposition. The company hasn’t provided any collaboration tools, so the trainers across locations begin talking in places like Facebook groups, Google communities, and Reddit. The company keeps an eye on the activity and announces it will make adjustments to the product based on feedback gleaned from the community.

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3 Things You Can Only Learn from a Real E-Learning Expert

Rapid eLearning

He’s been a hero of mine for years and truly one of the most brilliant minds when it comes to all things learning. So I took advantage of the time with him to pick his brain and get a feel for his perspective on our industry. We’re working on a number of projects. Many of them are top secret, but here’s one that we’re close to bringing online. There’s a lot going on in the industry with the convergence of easy to use technologies, social media, and learning.

10 Tips for Incorporating Ed-Tech Into Your Own Development

ATD Learning Technologies

Even those of use working in talent development can be overwhelmed by the constant flow of learning technology trends. If we develop and use a series of bite-sized approaches, we will quickly find that abundant resources are at our fingertips. We need to set the example for our learners and show that learning is an essential and integral part of everyone’s job—including ours—rather than a diversion in our contemporary workplaces.

How You Can Engage Your Millennial Workforce – Tips And Learning Strategies That Work

Adobe Captivate

According to most researchers and demographers, Millennials belong to the generation of people born between 1980s and early 2000s. Learning strategies that otherwise work for older generations aren’t likely to find resonance with folks of this ilk. Some of the key characteristics of the millennial generation: First generation “digital natives”. Millennials are in constant need of recognition. Engage With Gamification Of Learning.

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The new workplace

Jay Cross

Six years ago few people believed that informal learning made much of a difference. However, few of them are doing much systematically. Consider what’s changed: We used to think that communities of practice could only sprout up organically. Today we all grapple with complexity’s outpouring of unpredictability, volatility, emergence, and uncertainty. Today most of us believe the knowledge resides in networks.

Taking up residence

Learning with 'e's

David White , who is at Oxford University, is probably best known for his theory of Digital Residents and Visitors. Along with Alison Le Cornu, White published an article in 2011 that countered the Digital Natives and Immigrants ideas of Marc Prensky. Unfortunately, the genie was now out of the bottle, and people believe what they want to believe. White''s argument of Residents and Visitors is therefore a very welcome and timely alternative perspective.