Abstract

Communities of practice (CoP) are rich spaces that support knowledge creation, social engagement and practice improvement. Join us to explore three ‘cases’ from a university setting where CoPs have emerged and developed over time. We will discuss the different ways that CoPs develop – naturally or intentionally – and work together to learn from our collective experience in social learning groups.

Bios

Rebecca Wilson-Mah

Rebecca is currently engaged in her EdD studies in higher education with a research interest in lived experience in communities of practice. Rebecca convenes two interdisciplinary communities of practice – one for case research and the other for faculty who have administrative responsibilities.  These communities convene regularly to nurture shared interests through conversation, practice, and caring and supportive relationships.

Jennifer Walinga

Dr. Jennifer Walinga is a Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University. Her research and consulting work investigates and addresses the need for more sustainable practice in our work and life spaces and the role that communication and collaboration plays in achieving thriving organizations and communities.