What is social learning?

We see it as our mission to develop a theory and practice of social learning – for individuals, communities, organizations, and society more generally. So this concept is fundamental for us. Etienne’s work on social learning theory places learning at the...

Communities versus networks?

How is a community of practice different from an informal network in regard to social learning? All communities of practice are networks in the sense that they involve connections among members. But not all networks are communities of practice: a community of practice...

Communities versus teams?

How are communities of practice different from more familiar structures like teams or task forces? A team is held together by a task. When the task is accomplished the team disperses. Team members are likely to learn something in the performance of that task, but this...

What is a community of practice?

A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. This definition reflects the fundamentally social nature of human learning. It is very broad. It applies to a...

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