Welcome to the
Community of Practice Network!
Check out the following resources to learn more about the Community of Practice concept and connect with others in the area.
NEW! Communities of Practice Guide is a guide to creating, reinvigorating or transforming a community of practice. Where is your CoP now? Where would you like to be?
UW-Maniac is an experiment in learning, where you will make connections, get ideas for your own projects, and offer ideas to others that can help them make progress in their own initiatives.
Focus on Facilitation is an informal network of OQI consultants, volunteer facilitators, and others interested in "the art" of facilitation.
Servant Leadership Learning Community focuses on the concept that's increasingly viewed as an ideal leadership form to aspire to, where other people's highest priority needs are being served, while those being served grow as people.
Coordinated Leadership Initiative Learning Community explores applications of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework across campus, through a range of courses, workshops, and other learning opportunities.
Campus Designers is intended for hands-on campus artists of all varieties, including traditional graphic designers, web/online media designers, videographers, and more.
UW Madison Mentoring Community of Practice (CoP)- a UW Madison community focused on mentoring programs, the practice of mentoring and a forum for professional and personal growth. CoP sponsored by the Academic Staff Mentoring Committee.
Community Partnerships & Outreach (CPO) Staff Network is a learning community of outreach staff and community partners, committed to the manifestation of the Wisconsin Idea. They share best practices, promote the Wisconsin Idea across campus and community, and support ongoing knowledge development regarding boundary spanning and community-based research and service efforts.
ComETS is a grassroots network of UW-Madison teaching and support staff. ComETS works to support educational technology professionals with networking opportunities, collaborative exploration of emerging trends, and representation on campus committees.
Public Participation Learning Community shares strategies and resources together monthly, including advice on projects that members are undertaking in their work on campus and in the community.
Quilters Group explores alternative workplace paradigms and their implications for organization, work flow, physical space, decision-making, technology, and related areas.
Madison Integrals Learning Community explores integral theory application in health, spirituality, education, conflict resolution, facilitation and other areas.
Words that Work (Nonviolent Communication)
Gen Y/Millenial Managers Group is intended to provide a supportive space for Gen Y/Millenial managers and supervisors to share their thoughts, ideas, and insights on succeeding as a young manager.
Servant Leadership Wiki is designed to help you navigate the topic of Servant Leadership and is full of resources on how to utilize this in your daily life.
Asia Development Bank Report: Outlines how communities of practice work and how you can build one. Communities of practice are groups of like-minded, interacting people who filter, analyze, invest and provide, convene, build, and learn and facilitate to ensure more effective creation and sharing of knowledge in their domain.
The HR Communities of Practice is an online collaborative space that facilitates sharing ideas, raising questions, and offering diverse perspectives that advances our learning as a community of HR professionals. Within the Office of Human Resources, this Wiki page serves to share resources and knowledge through the “collaborative goodwill” of the campus community.
The Learning and Talent Development CoP Evaluation Report documents the impacts of seven CoPs sponsored by that office over the past decade. An accompanying presentation of the results and their implications is also available.
Planning and Evaluation Social Learning provides an overview video that goes through each cycle of the Social learning Framework and how it can transform practice.
Promoting and Assessing Value Creation in Communities and Networks:
As communities and networks go mainstream, there is an increasing demand from organizations to have ways of monitoring their value. How can we make the connection between the activities of a community or network and the improved performance of an organization, institution or even a country? In our value assessment framework, published by the Open University of the Netherlands, we identify five levels of value creation of a community or network.
- clarifications about the distinct learning value of communities and networks respectively
- a conceptual framework to understand the value from such learning in terms of five cycles of value creation
- examples of indicators for each cycles
- a template for telling stories that account for value creation
- a toolkit for collecting data
Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice presents a series of community case studies following these 7 principles for cultivating communities of practice.
- Design for evolution
- Open a dialogue between inside and outside perspectives
- Invite different levels of participation
- Develop both public and private community spaces
- Focus on value
- Combine familiarity and excitement
- Create a rhythm for the community
For additional information on various Communities of Practice, contact Harry Webne-Behrman at email@example.com