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How to Utilize an Online Community of Practice (CoP) to Enhance Innovation in Teaching and Learning

How to Utilize an Online Community of Practice (CoP) to Enhance Innovation in Teaching and Learning
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Author(s): Jacob Prisk (Takapuna Normal Intermediate School, New Zealand) and Kerry Lee (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 13
Source title: Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling and Training
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viktor Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-068-2.ch039

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Abstract

Involving the community in supporting students’ learning is something most educators would consider high in importance. Communities of practice have proven they assist authentic learning to take place. Developing an online community of practice adds a layer of complexity to classroom learning, as it is more than simply converting activities to Web-based interactions. This chapter provides background to what communities of practice are and how they function. It outlines the considerations needed to design a successful and sustainable community of practice. Utilization, considerations for implementation and future trends will also be elaborated upon.

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