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Learning in landscapes of practice

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

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Another tour de force by the authors, marking the expansion of their seminal work in communities of practice. This work provides for a broader impact through the development of practical concepts in social learning. It is a must-read for all of us who are seeking to liberate the potential of organizations and teams.
Michael Fung-Kee-Fung

Medical Director of the Regional Cancer Program and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Surgery, University of Ottawa, Canada

Learning in landscapes of practice

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

The culture we built in our teams to affect change is consistent with the social learning theory that Beverly and Etienne Wenger-Trayner describe in this book.
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.
Tom Kahlil

Former Deputy Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Learning in landscapes of practice

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.

Routledge, 2014

A very relevant and well-written book. It holds both a high level of reflection, but at the same time includes examples and keeps the language ‘down on earth’.
Mirjam Irene Godskesen

Part-time lecturer, Aalborg University

Digital Habitats

Digital Habitats

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

Digital Habitats has a single goal: to help the reader understand the role of technology steward in cultivating a community of practice: what is it, why you would do it, are you are cut out for it, how to do it and where to find help.
Shawn Callahan

Founder, methods designer, and story specialist, Anecdote

Cultivating communities of practice

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

This book is an essential reading for any leader in today’s knowledge economy. It will undoubtedly remain as a reference for all of us practitioners who want to develop communities of practice for the benefit and long-term success of organizations and their employees.
Martin R Dugage

VP Innovation & Expertise Services, Areva

Communities of practice: learning, meaning and identity

Communities of practice

Learning, meaning and identity

Etienne Wenger

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

‘Communities of practice’ offers a comprehensive framework for understanding and analysing what people do in the context of their social milieu. The author includes many examples and uses a work-place vignette to illustrate the relevance and power of his ideas. If you are not afraid of theory and abstraction and are open to new concepts, this book may indeed be revolutionary.
A Customer

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Situated learning

Situated learning

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

If you are interested in the study of situated learning and social practice theory, this is the place to start – the origin of the terms `legitimate peripheral participation’ (LPP) and `communities of practice’ employed ubiquitously by researchers developing sociocultural critiques of Enlightenment thinking.
Another Reader

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Artificial intelligence and tutoring systems

Artifical intelligence and tutoring systems

Computational and cognitive approaches to the communication of knowledge

Etienne Wenger

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

This is a classic book for Artificial Intelligence Tutoring Systems. I used it in a class. It has a introduction and a historic for STI.
Monica H Pietruchinski

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