Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoP) projects and extended activities enable our staff to share experiences and develop networks for continued collaboration and partnerships. Predicated on three main characteristics described below, we use our communities of practice to build networks with partners internal and external to the University

  1. Domain: Our community members have a shared domain of interest, competence and commitment that distinguishes them from others. This shared domain creates common ground, inspires members to participate, guides their learning, and gives meaning to their actions.
  2. Community: Our members pursue this interest through joint activities, discussions, problem-solving opportunities, information sharing and relationship building. The notion of a community creates the social fabric for enabling collective learning. A strong community fosters interaction and encourages a willingness to share ideas.
  3. Practice: Our community members are actual practitioners in this domain of interest and build a shared repertoire of resources and ideas that they take back to their practice. While the domain provides the general area of interest for the community, the practice is the specific focus around which the community develops, shares and maintains its core of collective knowledge

In our CoP we connect our research, scholarship and networks through inclusive and innovative ways that inspire conversations in learning and teaching. Further information on our research enterprise activities can be found under the Research and Scholarship section This section focuses on the following CoP projects: