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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice: “My own view is that communities can evolve, but cannot be designed top down. Of course you can stimulate and direct evolution…you need to create an environment in which people can play with multiple tools, moving some of the results to a formal environment, when and if needed.”
Different tasks require different tools. Just as formal courses do not meet all learning needs, informal/community-based learning have weaknesses as well. There are times where formal learning is important and needed. There are times where blogs and wikis are most effective. First define the nature and context of the learning task…then select approach and tools. This simple approach is too often ignored.