Communities of Practice

Note that the reader might best be served to first read the topic Group Dynamics to understand the basic nature of most groups and their typical stages of development. (It's not clear at this time if online groups have similar nature and stages.)

Simply put, Communities of Practice are voluntary groups where members share a common priority (a problem, topic, etc.) and enhance their learning by interacting on an ongoing basis. Groups usually are informal and not part of an overall organization.

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Basics and Overviews
Starting CoPs
Some Applications
General Resources

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Basics and Overviews

Communities of Practice -- a Brief Introduction
Communities of Practice -- Definition and Elements
Communities of Practice (Wikipedia)
Communities of Practice - An Overview
Communities of Practice

Starting CoPs

A Startup Kit Starting a Community of Practice (fostering relationships)
Community of Practice: Start Up Kit
Establishing a Community of Practice to Enhance TTA

Some Applications

A Social Aspect to Virtual Worlds

General Resources

Fred Nickols' list of resources
Facilitation Library

CoP Resources
Tania Jarosewich on Evaluating Communities of Practice

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