COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
What Is It?
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
As a result of convening, members of CoPs tend to learn more quickly than if they were continuing to work in an isolated way.
Adapted from Wenger et al 2008
How Is It Used?
CoPs are a way for groups to come together to share knowledge, build practice in their shared interest area, and implement new learnings that have been generated as a result of coming together. Together the group defines their Domain (practice area), Community (who is involved and at what level, and Practice (the kinds of practices they build together).
Book: Cultivating Communities of Practice, Wenger et al
Website: Intro to CoPs