How to Use Skype as a Community Platform

This is absolutely a fantastic tutorial on Skype which goes beyond functionality and looks at applicability by Community of Practice expert  John David Smith. You probably already know that Skype is a great tool – especially for community leaders. If you are a technology steward, it’s not only a great tool but it’s also a… Continue reading How to Use Skype as a Community Platform

Learning Communities: e‐Portfolio Edition

Mostly focussed on new graduates, the Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts: Issue 2: e-Portfolio Edition has some great applications for professional communities of practice, collective expertise and talent management. From the Editorial: This issue of Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts focuses on the use of digital portfolios,… Continue reading Learning Communities: e‐Portfolio Edition

McDermott and Archibald Publish a New Study on Health and Impact of Communities of Practice

From 2 of the leading researchers and writers on Communities of Practice comes this new study that studies the health and impact of online communities. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on this research! Until then, here are a few blurbs from their article: Though in-house networks of experts—or “communities of practice”—were once… Continue reading McDermott and Archibald Publish a New Study on Health and Impact of Communities of Practice

The UK Offers a Free Communities of Practice Platform for Local Governement Collaboration and Innovation

Communities of practice for local government is a website that supports collaboration across local government and the public sector in the United Kingdom. From the About section of the site: This is a freely accessible resource that enables like-minded people to form online communities of practice, which are supported by collaboration tools that encourage knowledge… Continue reading The UK Offers a Free Communities of Practice Platform for Local Governement Collaboration and Innovation

How Are You Stimulating the Flow of High-Quality Contributions?

Dr. Jacques Bughin of McKinsey & Company throws a question to how are organizations stimulating an influx of content. My own response to this question is the following. One of the keys to pulling content from readers and turning them into participants is by asking relevant questions. For example, this particular blog post ends with… Continue reading How Are You Stimulating the Flow of High-Quality Contributions?

The Challenge of Keeping Up with Research when Immersed in Practice

Though I haven’t had the opportunity to read the research study, based on these reported findings, I can formulate an argument for research into practice type learning activities and communities of practice. The reality is that practionners in all fields are having a hard time staying abreast of new research developments and professional development and… Continue reading The Challenge of Keeping Up with Research when Immersed in Practice

How Social Media, Organizational Dynamics and Social Change will Shape Communities of Practice over The Next 10 Years

Social Media has changes many things, including the way experts envisage online communities of practice. The following is Cormac Heron’s account of leading author and expert Richard McDermott’s reflections on how Communities of Practice have evolved and where they are headed. Richard McDermott was there to give a bit of his background in personal and… Continue reading How Social Media, Organizational Dynamics and Social Change will Shape Communities of Practice over The Next 10 Years

Organizational Learning Strategy and eLearning

Situating the Current Popular eLearning Offering When one decides to venture into the world of eLearning, he or she will quickly come across the following terms: Learning object: a pre-defined parcel of learning that elaborates on a subject or a notion. It is usually developed with rich multimedia. Learning Content Management System (LCMS): a system… Continue reading Organizational Learning Strategy and eLearning

Virtual Communities of Practice: Enabling Peer-based Distance Learning

I presented on the subject of Virtual Communities of Practice: Enabling Peer-based Distance Learning at the Canadian Association for Distance Education (CADE) conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Presentation Summary Virtual communities of practice are environments in which individuals with similar interests can learn from one another at a distance. Learners in this case are not… Continue reading Virtual Communities of Practice: Enabling Peer-based Distance Learning