Communities of Practice Interest Form

What do you do when you learn something new? Have you wondered how you could share or apply this new information to your daily work? Creating Communities of Practice is a way to begin that conversation/process.

What are Communities of Practice?

"Communities of Practice (CoP) often focus on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance a domain of professional practice." Communities of practice share three characteristics (Wenger-Trayner, 2015)--domain, community, and practice-- to engage in collective learning on a specific topic.

Using a CoP model, we can immerse small interdisciplinary groups to focus on a topic of shared interests, foster collaboration, and encourage shared practice. Research reveals that CoPs are effective when structured correctly.

The objective of each CoP is to:

1. Membership to the community will cultivate a shared competence.
2. Members will engage in activities, help each other, and share information.
3. Members of the community of practice are practitioners. They develop a shared repository of resources.