Using social media with learners – communities of practice

tribe-community-team-1-150x150Communities of practice (CoPs) are groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better. They provide an opportunity to create a learning community around an area of interest or practice, to share and develop practice and build personal and professional knowledge and expertise. Sounds like social media doesn’t it?

Using social media in our teaching practices is creating a community of practice. Doing this ‘Social Media with Learners’ course has set up a community of practice as we learn to integrate a variety of platforms into our teaching practices.

We were given the youtube below  to watch and comment on ‘what is a community of practice’

If you are wondering  how to cultivate a community of practice the next video was given to us to get some ideas and discuss.

‘Cultivating communities of practice and how to make them grow.’

Best Practice Models for Elearning

This week we also discussed what would be a best practice model for elearning and given an interesting article to discuss which you can find here.   If you are interested in following a hashtag on Twitter use the #bpmods.

If you would like to share your thoughts, views or experiences of a community of practice please share it with me in the comments below.