To be held at Flinders University, Bedford Park campus.
Date: Thursday October 26th 9.00am – 11.00am
In the mid-2000s, universities became increasingly aware of Communities of Practice (CoPs) as potentially powerful processes of informal social learning in the workplace. This led to a more deliberate approach within universities to harness their potential to enhance learning and teaching practice. However, despite the theoretical promise of CoPs, over time their contribution and value to a university’s strategic goals has been questioned. There are two major causes for this: the first is the difficulty in demonstrating their value to the university, and the second is the difficulty in engaging and maintaining the commitment of time-poor colleagues. The seminar speaks to both of these concerns.
Prof. Maarten de Laat, co-author of Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: a conceptual framework with Etienne Wenger and Bev Trayner.
A/Prof. Jacquie MacDonald, OLT Teaching Fellow and author of the Community of practice facilitator resources.