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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7 Ways To Instill A Sense Of Community In Your HR Online Training Program

Dan Keckan

Co-workers are a valuable source of feedback and moral support, especially in corporate eLearning environments. In this guide, I share tips to instill a sense of community in HR online training to build trust and provide employees with ongoing support.

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.

The dynamics of managing/nurturing networks of practice

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

Keeping the Wheels Turning: The Dynamics of Managing Networks of Practice. Journal of Management Studies, 47(1), 85-108 The authors make a distinction between NoPs and CoPs; networks of practice and communities of practice. Twenty-two NoPs were formalized with the goal of integrating existing, dispersed knowledge. Management created the formal position of a manager or functional line manager responsible for the NoP.

9 Strategies to Make Your Peer Learning Program Thrive

CLO Magazine

If you’re sponsoring or developing a peer learning program, you know that professional communities of practice are a cost-effective way to leverage the collective wisdom and experience of a group of leaders with similar roles, challenges or interest areas. However, an intentional design of the structure, facilitation and tools is more likely to yield the results you want. Align around the peer learning community’s purpose.

Do you follow?

Learning with e's

As you may be aware, I have been playing around with TweepML recently, creating groups of Twitter users that people can follow with one click. Those whom I have included in the lists (below) are flattered that I have included them (just as I feel honoured if someone has included me in a recommended list), and judging by the number of follows generated in just 3 days (almost 4000) follower numbers are rising. Another objection is that such lists smack of elitism.

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Locus of learning: community, AI, or org?

Clark Quinn

The article is about a (hypothetical) learning journey, and talks about how learning objects are part of that learning process. My issue is with the locus of the curation of those objects; should it be the organization, an AI, or the community? ” Curation of resources for quality and relevance is a good thing, but is the organization is the best arbiter? It’s inherently saying we don’t trust our learners to be good at learning.

Social Learning: August Pick of the Posts

Jane Hart

The focus of my August Pick of the Posts is social learning, and these posts all include some great graphics too. Maybe it won’t be on the scale of Pokémon Go —few things ever will be—but this is what “ social learning ” is. Communities emerge. It’s not about forcing people to participate and trying to control every bit of conversation. While getting work done collaboratively will continue to be of importance in all organizations, it will not be enough.

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. This makes a lot of sense to me, and I was inspired to take a look at the practices within those categories. (Jay The transparency provides real value in developing trust among the constituencies.

10 Reasons to Join The eLearning Guild

Web Courseworks

Fast forward to present day, companies and larger national associations now have managers and a staff of course developers, most of which have full bachelor’s degrees or at the very least, a 2-year advanced degree or a certificate in web course design. If you are a professional instructional designer or online course developer, you probably belong to the community of practice called the eLearning Guild.

Know Thy Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

But not every organization has the kind of culture that will help that organization achieve success. Assessing the culture of an organization by asking tough questions and being willing to hear the answers is the basis for significant organizational improvement. And being able to explain the culture in-use in comparison to the espoused culture is critical to gaining the trust and engagement of employees, recruits, and business partners. .

Extreme Times

Clark Quinn

This was originally intended to be one of my Learning Solutions Mag columns (Quinnsights). Guess this is part of the extreme times! With most of the population under some form of lockdown, there are a lot of prescriptions, to the extent there’s already a backlash!

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. Leaders in these organizations do the following: Send the message - Leaders communicate the importance of learning to the organization. This message is in the guiding principles of the business. Build trust - Employees will invest time and effort in learning if they trust their managers.

A Conversation with Author Catherine Lombardozzi

Kapp Notes

The other day I caught up with Catherine Lombardozzi who is the principle behind the firm called Learning4Learning Professionals and author of a brand new book. Catherine has been in the field of learning and development for over 30 years doing all sorts of things from the basic to the complex–she has pretty much done it all. She dedicates her energies to supporting the development of people who consult, design, develop, and teach in corporate and academic settings.

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.

Personal Learning Networks: For Ongoing Learning in a Connected World

ID Reflections

I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master''s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. The four topics we are planning to deep dive into in the first two weeks are: a) Networked learning, b) Personal Learning Networks, c) MOOCs, and d) Communities of Inquiry. These are all areas of interest for me, and my hope and plan is to find (make) sufficient time to explore each of these in depth.

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. Or they may be skeptical whether employees can be trusted enough to pursue learning on their own. Little acts of acknowledgement like paying attention to them or thanking them for bringing up a point can do a lot to boost their confidence and increase their participation. Social learning is more of an abstract concept.

Successful Online Employee Onboarding Strategies

TalentLMS

That’s right, most of us remember our first day at work with the “fear of the unknown”. Gone are the days when individuals would feel lucky to be part of a successful organization. With the proliferation of dot com and brick and mortar companies all around us, companies consider themselves lucky when a new employee accepts an offer and continues to stay with them beyond six months! Many of us have been through an unorganized and mismanaged onboarding process.

7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates

E-Learning Provocateur

Hot on the heels of my 5 benefits of open badges for corporates , I now present my 7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates. Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m quite the MOOC fan. If you can think of any others, please let me know… 1. Quality content, for free, from some of the world’s most respected educational institutions? Participating in a MOOC forms connections with people outside of your organisation.

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Leaving Trails

Clark Quinn

So I was away for the weekend at a retreat with like-minded souls, Up to All of Us , thinking deeply about the issues that concern us. In a session on supporting the growth of design awareness, we were being led through an exercise on body-storming (using role plays to work through issues), and one of the elements that surfaced was posting your designs on the walls in places where it’s hard to see others’ work. Communities of practice similarly need such evidence.

Maximize Your Professional Development with Industry Memberships

eLearning Brothers

Association for Talent and Development (ATD): ATD is an organization that helps employers, HR representatives, and almost everybody who is in charge of the development of employees. They do this mainly by providing information in the form of research, webinars, conferences, and even educational programs online, on demand and face-to-face. TD at Work (4 digital issues/yr): 16-24 page resource that help in gaining proficiency in a variety of practical topics.

LearnTrends: Extending Learning to the Edges of Organizations

Experiencing eLearning

Live blogged notes from Extending Learning to the Edges of Organizations with Charles Jennings & Andy McGovern. Official description: Thomson Reuters meets the challenge of supporting the learning and development of its employees across the world through the innovative use of technology and a strategy based on the 70:20:10 model. Aspects of learning. Practice. Hands on practice with actual tools, but in a safe environment.

Integrating Social Learning in the Workplace

ID Reflections

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. It has to be integrated into the culture and the organizational way of working and being. Best practices no longer suffice.

Now What? Beyond Networks

Experiencing eLearning

This isn’t my usual comprehensive live blogging, just snippets of things that caught my interest. I wanted to actually participate in the chat and watch Twitter too, and I couldn’t juggle all of it at the same time. This is post 3 of 3. Benefits of personal network (brainstorm from the group). community of practice. Isn’t it more efficient to use search for a lot of this? How do you build trust through online communication?

Learning Solutions Conference: Experts of the Guild

Web Courseworks

I have been impressed over the years with the fine work of David Holcombe and Heidi Fisk, founders of the eLearning Guild. When it comes to eLearning, the Guild is a trusted source of information, networking and a true community of practice. This is topped only by the way they organize events to promote the professional development of those of us in eLearning.

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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Corporate Training Content: Directions in Curation

Litmos

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.

Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. It has to be integrated into the culture and the organizational way of working and being. Best practices no longer suffice.

What Exactly is Business Agility?

Rob Hubbard

For me it conjures up images of acrobats and contortionists. Advances in technology, the increasing complexity of the global economy and escalating customer (and staff) expectations mean that agility is no longer a choice but a necessity. So what’s the role of learning technologies in all of this? The traditional elearning course is just not enough to address these issues, although it may provide part of the answer.

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Six Tenets of Community Management: Learnings

ID Reflections

I have beenplaying the role of an enterprise community manager for some time now—6 monthsto be precise—and thought it would be a good idea to jot down my learnings fromthe past few months. This post is directed towards new community managers, whohave recently donned the mantle of community management and are perhaps findingthat there are more things to do than one had thought of. Here are some of learnings crystallized over the past fewmonths.

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.

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.

Taking Stock and Making Choices: Working from home and other such stuff

ID Reflections

I have come back to blogging after a hiatus of almost 5 months. I didn’t realise how deeply this constant tussle and tug of war have been affecting me at a sub-conscious level till I had to sit down and weigh some of the choices. We just need to bring back the human spirit into all of the interactions we keep getting involved with. To strike a work-life balance, work from home as much as possible (most of the time). But not so great for building bonds and trust.

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Semantic Interoperability

Experience API

Consider SCORM, the usage of which remains widespread in LMSs everywhere. There is a finite set of data that can be recorded about the types of learning experiences common to online training, and summarizing information from that data is a relatively straightforward exercise. Or one could create a new activity definition to describe any type of experience. Not only is there a profile in our Registry , there’s also a Community of Practice still working on a version.

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Semantic Interoperability

Experience API

Consider SCORM, the usage of which remains widespread in LMSs everywhere. There is a finite set of data that can be recorded about the types of learning experiences common to online training, and summarizing information from that data is a relatively straightforward exercise. Or one could create a new activity definition to describe any type of experience. Not only is there a profile in our Registry , there’s also a Community of Practice still working on a version.

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Back to ‘what’ Normal? #AulaCon

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

This was a big thing for me, not least was how much effort it took to not only keep my diary free of meetings but also to keep the distractions and messages/calls/chat to a minimum so I could concentrate. had the rather huge title of ‘back to what normal?’

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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. It’s in my employer’s interest to give me the time, tools and trust to get on and learn, and in everyone’s interest to make this happen as easily as possible. Organisations can’t take control of social learning, but have to relinquish control of it and let it ‘happen’.

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. Using an ESN brings a number of other significant advantages: It means that your thinking about “learning” is not constrained by a dedicated learning platform that perpetuates the traditional course approach. 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.

Meet the CLO Advisory Board: David Vance

CLO Magazine

Vance is the founding and former president of Caterpillar University and the author of “The Business of Learning.” In 2006, he was awarded CLO of the Year. I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, not far from the campus of Notre Dame.

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