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Why Communities of Practice?

A community of practice (CoP) is a group of practitioners who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to share resources and ideas, build connections, solve problems, and create collective knowledge that directly impacts their practice.

There are four basic types of communities:

  1. Helping Communities - provide a forum for community members to help each other with everyday work needs.
  2. Best Practice Communities - develop and disseminate best practices, guidelines, and strategies for their members’ use.
  3. Knowledge Stewarding Communities - organize, manage, and steward a body of knowledge from which community members can draw.
  4. Innovation Communities - create breakthrough ideas, new knowledge, and new practices.

Unlike committees or working groups, communities of practice are faculty-driven development opportunities that create a space for instructors to engage in meaningful and productive reflection on their teaching and classroom experience. Members co-create a collegial and supportive environment with shared ownership for the purpose, value, and outcomes they hope to achieve.

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