Community of practice (CoP), according to cognitive anthropologistsJean Lave andEtienne Wenger, is a term that describes a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession. The group can evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created specifically with the goal of gaining knowledge related to their field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991). CoPs can exist online, such as within discussion boards andnewsgroups, or in real life, such as in a lunchroom at work, in a field setting, on a factory floor, or elsewhere in the environment.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Who is working on Tracking Aid?
This guy at Stanford is tracking HIV/AIDS-related to see if there is any impact: http://ow.ly/1rrfw