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Tuesday, November 26 • 13:45 - 14:50
Open Education for the Future: Leading through Communities of Practice

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The concept of a Community of Practice (CoP) has been around for more than a quarter century, often used in educational settings, because “learning” is at the heart of these communities. However, this learning is different from a traditional classroom setting where the knowledge flows from an expert to learner and the expert defines the intended outcomes. Communities of practice focus on learning in a social context where mutual interest draws individuals to share and create new knowledge freely as they practice together. The outcome of this knowledge creation cannot be predicted a priori and in fact the process of learning together through practice and building community relationships is emphasized over specific outcomes or deliverables.

Educause’s definitive Communities of Practice Design Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing & Cultivating Communities of Practice in Higher Education (Cambridge, Kaplan, Suter, 2005) identified four key activities that support the identified purposes of a CoP:
• Develop Relationships and Build Trust
• Learn and Develop Practice
• Carry Out Tasks and Projects
• Create New Knowledge

Building effective communities of practice is about helping people to realize and practice their strengths in service of learning more about a topic. A community of practice should help people grow in their profession and in their leadership. Using the four activities identified in the design guide above, several communities of practice for open education will be analyzed for expressions of these activities and how they contribute to the effectiveness of the organization. Participants will also be given an opportunity to analyze and share the effectiveness of their own communities.


Una Daly

Director, Community College Outreach, OpenCourseWare Consortium
I am passionate about expanding access to education through the adoption of open textbooks and open educational resources. As the Community College Outreach Director at the Open Courseware Consortium, I work with faculty and staff at community colleges to create awareness and share... Read More →

Quill West

OER Project Director, Pierce College
Librarian, AdministratorI am the OER Project Director at Tacoma Community College and I believe that adopting, adapting and accessing OER empowers faculty, students and administrations to grow educational opportunities. I've been a user, a pusher, a creator and a teacher of OER. (From... Read More →
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Lisa Young

Faculty Administrator, Open Education & Innovation, Maricopa Community Colleges
I serve Scottsdale Community College as the Instructional Design and Educational Technology faculty member.I am passionate about helping our students learn whether it be through excellent instructional design, the use of educational technology to resolve and mitigate instructional... Read More →

Regina Gong

Lansing Community College
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Sian Proctor

OER Coordinator, Maricopa Community College District

Tuesday November 26, 2019 13:45 - 14:50 CET
BL27 first floor north corridor - Action Lab