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Developing Critically Thoughtful e-Learning Communities of Practice
In this paper, we consider an approach to developing critically thoughtful e-Learning communities of practice where participants are deliberate about the use of specific intellectual tools supporting critical thinking. We address Garrison & Anderson's (2003) argument that such critical thinking should play a central role within the ecology of e- Learning communities and provide our view of what such communities might look like. To do this, we offer four categories of strategies helping to develop such communities collaborative agreement on goals; facilitator(s) modelling and teaching the tools supporting critical thinking; and shaping communicative interactions within the e-Learning environment to encourage thinking. We provide examples from a current study involving 36 kindergarten to grade 12 teachers' blended use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and face-to-face sessions to illustrate our view.
Uploaded by on 12/10/2007
Digital publication details: 10 pages.

A Theory-Based Approach to the Relationship between Social Capital and Communities of Practice
There is almost a consensus that tacit component of organisational knowledge is of critical strategic importance because, unlike explicit knowledge, it is both inimitable and appropriable. Because of its characteristics, organisational tacit knowledge is usually created and shared through highly interactive conversation and shared experience, i.e., through a socialisation process. At the firm's level, the effectiveness of the socialisation process depends on the firm's social capital. At group level, it has been argued that communities of practice form the basis of a firm's ability to create and share tacit knowledge. Therefore, investigating the relationship between social capital, communities of practice and individual human action is crucial in understanding the dynamic of cross level knowledge creation and utilisation and in understanding organisational learning process. In order to study this relationship Giddens' theory of structuration is used as it provides an integrating...
Uploaded by on 08/11/2007
Digital publication details: 8 pages.

Understanding Knowledge-Sharing in Online Communities of Practice
Information Technology is no longer regarded solely as a repository within knowledge management but also as a collaborative tool. This change of role gives rise to online communities (OLCs), which extend the loci of existing communities of practice. To leverage the potential of these communities, organisations must understand the mechanisms underpinning members' decisions to share knowledge and expertise within the community. This paper discusses existing research and develops a theoretical model of factors that affect knowledge sharing in OLCs. The aim is to increase our understanding of the antecedents to knowledge-sharing in OLCs.
Uploaded by on 11/28/2003
Digital publication details: 10 pages.

Making Jewish Education Work: Communities of Practice
JESNA publication on Communities of Practice
Uploaded by rdsolomonphd on 09/12/2011
Digital publication details: 21 pages.

Surveying Communities of Practice
Surveys are used to find promising opportunities for improvement; identify, create a consensus about, and act on issues to be addressed; record a baseline from which progress can be measured; motivate change efforts; and provide two-way communication between stakeholders. Healthy communities of practice leverage survey instruments to mature into influence structures that demand or are asked to assume influential roles in their host organizations.
Uploaded by celcius233 on 07/14/2011
Digital publication details: 16 pages.

Best Fit KM - Linking Communities of Practice to an Innovation Strategy
Best fit Knowledge Management (KM) aims to link KM activities and other managerial efforts to the business strategy. In this case study, an innovation strategy was pursued to be implemented by offshoring. Offshoring is defined as the restructuring of a firm along a dimension, namely geography. It entails the relocation of operations from the home nation to a foreign location where the same company activities are performed (Contractor et al., 2010). While the current literature states that offshoring aims to reduce costs or tap knowledge (Persaud, 2005), the aim in this case was to use offshoring as a means for innovation. This article aims to discuss the practices that facilitate community construction in a multinational context supporting an innovation strategy. This article is founded on practice based theorising (Feldman and Orlikowski, 2011; Wenger, 1998), which is used to theorise what people do when they try to develop community among themselves.
Uploaded by on 12/31/1969
Digital publication details: 9 pages.

Making Jewish Education Work: Communities of Practice
This is the 6th publication in our "Making Jewish Education Work" series.
Uploaded by jaisenberg on 07/18/2011
Digital publication details: 21 pages.

Chris Rostron - Communities of Practice
Presentation from the ESP National Conference 2009. Presentated by Chris Rostron, General Manager, Leeds Rugby Foundation.
Uploaded by espltd on 10/19/2009
Digital publication details: 19 pages.

Anna Chapman - Communities of Practice
Presentation from the ESP National Conference 2009. Presented by Anna Chapman, Study Support Coordinator, Newham Learning Support Services
Uploaded by espltd on 10/19/2009
Digital publication details: 45 pages.

Dr David Morley - Communities of Practice
Presentation from the ESP National Conference 2009. Presented by Dr David Morley, Head of Education, ESP
Uploaded by espltd on 10/19/2009
Digital publication details: 7 pages.
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