Size of communities?

How big can a community of practice become? Being a community of practice does not depend on size. It depends on identification with the domain and enough mutual engagement to produce learning value. Of course, if a community is very small, members will likely have...

Level of participation?

What level of participation should one expect in a community of practice? Participation in communities of practice is rarely a person’s main activity or job, so expected levels of participation should reflect this reality. Mainly they should reflect the level of...

Time to get going?

How long should a community take to get going? Community formation takes time, but the time it takes for a community to become fully operational varies a lot from case to case. Some communities are so ready to exist that they congeal as soon as members have an...

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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