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Learning to make a difference
Value creation in social learning spaces
Etienne Wenger-Trayner and Beverly Wenger-Trayner
This book offers a framework for learning to have an impact: engaging with others, monitoring the value this creates, and making adjustments on-the-go. It is written for researchers, educators, and leaders in business, government, healthcare, and international development with or without prior knowledge of learning theory.
Cambridge University Press, 2020
Designing for change
Using social learning to understand organizational transformation
Beverly Wenger-Trayner and Etienne Wenger-Trayner
This book was commissioned by the University Innovation Fellows Program to tell their story using our value-creation framework. The Fellows are university students from campuses around the world. The program coaches them to use their entrepreneurial spirit and skills to drive changes on their campus that are designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurialism. The stories of these students captured in this book are amazing.
Learning 4 a small Planet, 2019
During our time at OSTP, we discovered the University Innovation Fellows program. … Like us, the University Innovation Fellows believed that the status quo is changeable. They were public servants, working for the greater good of their schools, learning together as a large community of practice and in smaller teams on their individual campus. And above all, they believe in getting things done.
Learning in landscapes of practice
Boundaries, identity, and knowledgeability in practice-based learning
Etienne Wenger-Trayner, Mark Fenton O’Creevy, Steven Hutchinson, Chris Kubiak, Beverly Wenger-Trayner
Learning in Landscapes of Practice is of particular relevance to people concerned with the design of professional or vocational learning. It will also be a valuable resource for students engaged in higher education courses with work-based elements.
Stewarding technology for communities
Etienne Wenger, Nancy White, John Smith
This practical book explores the increasing interweaving of communities and technology. It presents a framework for anchoring a technology configuration in the learning needs of a community. It introduces the role of technology stewards who can bridge between the life of a community and the constantly evolving potential of technology.
Harvard Business School Press, 2002
Cultivating communities of practice
A guide to managing knowledge
Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, William M. Snyder
This practical book is targeted to leaders in organization who want to cultivate communities of practice as a way to manage knowledge. It explains why communities of practice are a key to managing knowledge. And it provides practical advice on the art of cultivating communities and on creating an organizational context to support communities.
Havard Business School Press, 2002
Communities of practice
Learning, meaning and identity
This conceptual book lays out a social theory of learning centered on the concept of communities of practice. Based an ethnographic study, it presents a broad framework for thinking about learning and knowing in social terms, exploring such concepts as meaning, boundaries, trajectories, generations, identity, identification, power, and many others.
Cambridge University Press, 1998
Legitimate peripheral participation
Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger
In this short conceptual book, anthropologist Jean Lave and I first introduced the concept of community of practice. Starting with an analysis five case studies of traditional apprenticeship systems, we observed how in each case a whole community served as a living curriculum for the newcomer. We called these communities “communities of practice.”
Cambridge University Press, 1991
Artifical intelligence and tutoring systems
Computational and cognitive approaches to the communication of knowledge
This was Etienne’s first book. It almost feels like something from another lifetime. “ I wrote it in preparation for my dissertation, because I could not find a thorough reference for the field of intelligent tutoring systems. These are artificial-intelligence systems designed for educational purposes.” When it came out, it was the first book to survey the field of intelligent tutoring systems in a systematic way.
Morgan Kaufmann, 1987