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Building a community of practice: technological and social implications for a distributed team

Bradshaw, Pete; Powell, Stephen and Terrell, Ian (2003). Building a community of practice: technological and social implications for a distributed team. In: Hildreth, Paul and Kimble, Chris eds. Knowledge networks: Innovation through communities in practice. London, UK: Idea Group, pp. 184–201.

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This chapter looks at the work of a team of remote workers and how they have developed into a Community of Practice (CoP). It explores the roles that technology and communication methods have on the formation and development of the community. In telling the story of the progression from a team of individuals to a CoP, the chapter provides a practical guide to others wishing to do the same. Two aspects of the work of the team are considered in depth: 1) Building Communication Systems across a Distributed CoP 2) Building commitment, ownership, engagement and focus in a Distributed CoP The team and community on which the chapter is based is one of some 20 people working remotely for Ultralab, a learning, technology and research centre in Chelmsford UK. The work of the team is online facilitation for the National College of School Leadership (NCSL). The team meet together approximately four times a year, using an online community space, the Facilitators' Forum, as their day-to-day working space.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2004 Idea Group Inc
ISBN: 1-59140-200-X, 978-1-59140-200-8
Keywords: community of practice; learning; learning community; communciations; remote working; distributed team
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 31203
Depositing User: Pete Bradshaw
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 09:33
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 11:53
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