Communities of Practice Need Some Practice

Nick Leffler

This is my 3rd post in my journey to cover my thoughts and ideas on the four topics covered in week 3 of the Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning cMOOC. Defining Communities of Practice (CoP). It’s hard to define a Community of Practice, but I think a good start would be to quote a Tweet I recently saw from another MSLOC430 participant. Those that attend do so out of obligation after a while, not interest.

How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

Learning Wire

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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. How do communities of practice work?

Social Learning vs. Communities of Practice

Janet Clarey

When it comes to the terms “Social Learning” and “Communities of Practice”, many people in the corporate learning realm are confused, myself included. We think we know what these mean one day, and then the next day a new theory or idea emerges that turns the whole idea of each upside down and inside out. Are Social Learning and Communities of Practice different? Social Learning is more focused on the needs of the individual.

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.

Tracking sentiments

Learning with e's

Along with my fellow passengers I dutifully stood, waiting at the carousel, watching as bags and cases of all sizes, shapes and colours processed slowly by. Decreasing numbers of passenger waited with me as one by one, they spotted their bags, grabbed them and made off to find their transport.

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Community of improvement?

Clark Quinn

In a conversation I had recently, specifically about a community focused on research, I used the term ‘community of improvement’, and was asked how that was different than a community of practice. First, let me say that a community of practice could be, and should be, a community of improvement. One of the principles of practice is reflection and improvement.

At the edge

Clark Quinn

Each also represents a diversity of settings and needs. These represent some folks working at the edge, away from the ‘event’ Mark Britz , facing more experts than novices, structured his corporate university as a network, not a series of courses.

PKM and Online Communities Workshops

Jane Hart

Here are the details of two upcoming workshops and one free webinar at the Social Learning Centre. Keeping track of digital information flows and separating the signal from the noise is difficult. There is little time to make sense of it all. Online Communities Workshop.

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The End of the PDF Certificate

Web Courseworks

MedBiquitous is an international health organization and ANSI-accredited developer of information technology standards for healthcare education and quality improvement and a true community of practice fr innovative technologists in health education.

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Enterprise Community Management: “joining up” learning and working

Jane Hart

For some time now I’ve sensed a split in the learning profession in terms of recognising the value and importance of self-managed learning as it takes place in the flow of daily work. planning the new community’s strategic approach.

Mental models are the agents of learning

Clark Quinn

They may not help in new areas, but they give us a basis for new and unique combinations of circumstances. Senge, in The Learning Organization talked about mental models as one of his 5 disciplines. The post Mental models are the agents of learning appeared first on Learnlets.

Detailing the Coherent Organization

Clark Quinn

I had, as Harold’s original model provided the basis for, separate groups for Work Teams, Communities of Practice, and Social Networks. I’d put them in there with some thoughts of both putting in and taking out, but I wanted to go further.

Allison Anderson Learning Together at Intel at Corporate U Week

Learning Visions

allisonanderson Learning Together: How Intel’s Learning Community of Practice Role Models “New” Learning with Allison Anderson 50+learning orgs at Intel – well over 650 people taking care of learning…Most people don’t have learning or training in their titles…hard to say exactly how many. Highly diverse population – lots of people with lots of different needs. LCOP (Learning Community of Practice) is their COP of learning people from around the org.

Where is L&D heading?

E-Learning Provocateur

The topic of the evening was Where is L&D Heading? and some questions were posted through by the attendees ahead of time, while others emerged through the discourse. Is the race to the bottom on time and price for degrees affecting employers’ perceptions of universities?

Piecing together collaboration and cooperation

Clark Quinn

In an insightful piece , Harold Jarche puts together how collaboration and cooperation are needed to make organizations work ‘smarter’, integrating workgroups with the broader social network by using communities of practice as the intermediary.

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.

Learning About the Future of Learning

Web Courseworks

This conference offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that should foster innovation and inspiration in all who attend as a journey of discovery with new association management techniques begins.

7 Challenges to Social Learning

Origin Learning

Instructors may feel more comfortable lecturing employees as they feel they are covering the ‘necessary’ course of the training material. Social learning is more of an abstract concept. Truth is, the best organizations play lesser emphasis on documenting every form of learning.

Top of Mind: Experimenting with Social Physics

CLO Magazine

Allison Horn is the managing director of learning and leadership development at Accenture. The more diversity of interaction, the more robust the idea flow and the more positive the outcomes. We experiment a lot at Accenture.

Learning by experimenting

Clark Quinn

Or, better yet, learn ahead of the curve. As a starting point, it helps to realize that adapting to change is a form of learning. That is, we need a cycle of: do – review -refine. In the model of a learning organization, experimentation is clearly listed as a component of concrete learning processes and practices. I think the way to keep up with the rate of change is to be driving it.

Aligning coherency

Clark Quinn

In thinking about the coherent organization , a couple of realizations occurred to me. Similarly, there are communities of practice at all these levels as well. They need to feed back out as well (of course, not their proprietary information).

12 features of supporting social collaboration in the workplace

Jane Hart

PKM is “a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world & work more effectively”, and is therefore a fundamental skill in social and collaborative learning, as Harold Jarche explains in PKM is our part of the social learning contract.

Laura Overton: Are today’s L&D leaders sticking to the familiar?

Sponge UK

Since 2003, we’ve been tracking the extent to which our aspirations for an agile, flexible, technology enabled approach to learning have been met. Last year, 4 in 5 were predicting that by 2016 they will be using some kind of mobile learning.

70:20:10 Tech

Clark Quinn

At the recent Up To All Of Us event (#utaou), someone asked about the 70:20:10 model. One is the rise of social networking tools: blogs, micro-blogs, wikis, and more. The other is the rise of mobile. Learner activity can be tracked, as well, leaving traces for later review.

11 Differences between a MOOC and an Online Course

ID Reflections

I love this definition of MOOCs by Ignatia Inge deWaard in her e-book, MOOC Yourself: “A MOOC is a non-defined pedagogical format to organize learning /teaching/training on a specific topic in an informal, online, and collaborative way.” This captures the key essence of a MOOC highlighting the key differentiators between a MOOC and an online course. Hence, it is essential to identify the key aspects of what makes a MOOC a MOOC. The power is back in the hands of the learners.

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How to grow an elearning dream team: 8 things the best L&D leaders do


We’ve pulled together our years of experience working across hundreds of elearning teams of every size and configuration – across the globe. Too often production teams are under huge pressures to produce large volumes of elearning, quickly.

8 Tips to Build a Blended Learning Solution on a Budget

Obsidian Learning

Follow these tips to figure out where to start, how to identify big wins to build your support and momentum, and the practical how-tos of getting development and delivery done with agility, even on a shoestring. For each piece of content: Is it accurate, current, and credible?

Move Forward

Nick Leffler

Of course we all feel like this about something, but often not everything. Apple is a company who possibly more than others has to deal with the out-lash of people wanting to hang on to how things were. Of course people were going to be angry.

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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).

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Working and learning out loud

Clark Quinn

I’ve been thinking about some of the talk around the Future of Work, and in addition to the free flow of information I recently posted about from the Coherent Organization, I think working out loud is another component. And I expect this is also part of Jane Bozarth’s Show Your Work , but I’ve yet to get my mitts on a copy, mea culpa.). Also tools that track contributions and changes.

Improving Professional Learning: 12 Strategies to Enhance Performance

Web Courseworks

Thus, we now face the somewhat ironic situation in continuing professional education of a possible disconnect between advances in knowledge and the actual practitioners of the trade. Knox structures his book as a melding of theory and practice. Diversity of Participants.

Train & develop employees = not one but three roles

Spark Your Interest

I attended a webinar a couple of weeks ago, by Future of Talent Institute and Verna Allee was the speaker. Maybe it was the special spot I hold for the number 3 , or maybe it was the applicability of the idea to my consulting work , but I liked this concept. .

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DevLearn 2016: Must see sessions to spark your creativity

Sponge UK

This year the tagline for the show is Sparking Creativity, and the keynote sessions back that up with a variety of speakers who will inspire and excite. The Magic of Storytelling and Learning. Karen co-hosts the responsive web design podcast with Ethan Marcote, a pioneer of the concept.

Why your Enterprise Social Network is your most valuable social learning platform

Jane Hart

This is the article I wrote for the January edition of Inside Learning Technologies magazine. In other words using an ESN lets you think differently not just about what you do but how you measure the success of your learning initiatives.