The NPS Learning & Development community gathered from August 23 – 25, 2016 at the Forging our Future: The Next Century of L&D training. In their session, Rebecca Stanfield McCown and Virginia Farley from the National Park Service Stewardship Institute gave a presentation on the research surrounding Communities of Practice and how to implement them effectively.
Communities of Practice (COP) are an increasingly important way for people to connect and enhance their skills. This session highlights the current research and shares observations about emerging trends, barriers, and promising practices. There will be opportunities to workshop your own COPs for feedback. Come ready to share your own experiences.
What you’ll learn
The article, Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier, was referenced and used during Rebecca and Virginia’s presentation. Take a look to learn more about what a Community of Practice is and how they add value to organizations.
Watch the Video
After reviewing the session materials, please reflect on the following:
- What is the difference between a community of practice, a formal work group, a project team, and an informal network?
- Can the CLP Commons be used to facilitate a community of practice only? Could a Commons group be used for a formal work group, project team, or informal network as well? How would that work?