Communities of practice – real and virtual

Ramage, Magnus (2010). Communities of practice – real and virtual. In: Donelan, Helen; Kear, Karen and Ramage, Magnus eds. Online Communication and Collaboration: A Reader. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 176–178.



An influential theory by the educational theorist Etienne Wenger talks about 'communities of practice'. How do communities of practice relate to online communities? It seems clear that, as communities of practice evolve, most are becoming a blend of co-located and virtual communities.

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