Communities of Practice:
What are Communities of Practice?
A good article with a comprehensive list of communities of practice for language teachers was written by E. Hanson-Smith. “Communities of practice”, can be seen on-line at http://webpages.csus.edu/~hansonsm/CoP_Resources.html [last visited May, 2008].
In her article Elizabeth mentions a list of Communities we reproduce in this entry. Those with an asterisc are the communities we belong to:
– Academic Writing [electronic group]. 2003, Dec 31. E. Hanson-Smith, Moderator. Available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/academic_writing. Mainly a support group to provide email, exercises, writing activities, and resources to teachers and their classes.
– Australian Flexible Learning Framework [Website]. 2000; updated 4 Nov 2004. Accessed 5 Nov 2004 at http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/. The original grant program ended in 2005, and AFLF now offers a mix of online, on-land, free, and fee-based programs.
– * Dekita.org. 2005. Moderators: B. Dieu, A. Campbell, R. Amman. Available at http://dekita.org/.
Teachers using blogs share their students’ work with other teachers and students.
– *Learning with Computers [Online community]. Moderators: G. Baya, et al. Available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group.learningwithcomputers.
Offers 6-8 week sessions focusing on topics in online teaching learning. Beginners are welcome. Community members contribute resources (see the archive at http://learningwithcomputers07.pbwiki.com/ for the 2007 sessions), and participate in TESOL CALL Interest Section’s Electronic Village Online.
– *Learning Times [Online community]. Available at http://www.learningtimes.net.
Uses Elluminate, a voice and video conferencing system with many helpful features for presentation management; a number of thriving communities meet regularly.
– MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. [Online community]. Available at http://www.merlot.org.
Resources contributed by members of the many discipline-wide “communities.” Sponsors online conferences and facilitates collaborations among members in the various disciplines.
– The Reading Matrix [Online journal]. 2003. Accessed 4 Nov 2004 at http://www.readingmatrix.com/.
Offers online tools, annual online conference, and opportunities to share comments about the journal’s contents.
– Real English Online. 2003. Moderators: E. Hanson-Smith and M. Marzio. Available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Real_English_Online.
Provides self-help in-service for the many teachers around the world who use video and audio media on the Internet. Ongoing collaborations to produce exercises and activities with video. Many student members use resources and links independently. Members regularly participate in EVOVideo, a session of the TESOL CALL Interest Section’s annual Electronic Village Online.
– SANTEC: Educational Technology and eLearning for Development. [Website]. 2003; updated Sep 11, 2004. Accessed 5 Nov 2004 at http://www.santecnetwork.org.
E-list fosters collaborations in support of education and development in the sub-Saharan Africa region.
– *Tapped In [Online community]. U.S. National Science Foundation, Sun Microsystems, and SRI International Center for Technology. Available at http://www.tappedin.org.
Offers virtual offices, text chat meeting spaces, and archiving for a wide range of educational communities, both K-12 and tertiary.
– *Webheads in Action. 2001. Moderator: V. Stevens. Available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads.
ESL/EFL teachers provide peer mentoring and experimentation with new Internet technologies, particularly for communications and multimedia. Weekly online voice chats and occasional online “convergences” are offered.
– *Webloggers. 2005. Moderators: A. Campbell, B. Dieu, and G. Stanley. Available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/weblogging/.
The initial YG is now supported by the Blogstream Salon every Sunday at TI, and the group fosters the community blog at Dekita.org (2005), available at http://www.dekita.org.