Presentation Title

Maintaining Momentum: Cultivating and Sustaining Virtual Communities of Practice

Start

1-30-2019 2:45 PM

End

1-30-2019 3:30 PM

Short Description

This interactive session will examine effective practices that build and maintain momentum within virtual communities of practice (vCoPs) used to enhance distance learning. We will discuss the vital components of research-based experiences that further develop value within a vCoP and consistently engage its members in ongoing and various levels of participation.

Abstract

While the term communities of practice (CoPs), and its virtual cousin, virtual communities of practice (vCoPs), may not be new to the higher education landscape, the question of how to maintain viable vCoPs often remains a mystery. The bottom line is that if we are not able to maintain the early momentum experienced within many newly established vCoPs, our energy and efforts are all for naught. Join our discussion about how knowing the ‘why’ and ‘what’ behind these worthwhile learning groups is one thing, but understanding ‘how’ to cultivate and sustain them is the key to their long-term success.

In this session, we will share research on effective practices for building and sustaining momentum within vCoPs as social learning networks designed to energize online community and advance distance learning.

Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Review effective practices used to cultivate and sustain long-term faculty and student engagement in virtual communities of practice

  • Determine key components of immediate and long-term value and benefit to catalyze and foster interest and engagement within in their own virtual communities of practice

Participants:

K-12 Teachers, Faculty, Instructional Designers, and Administration

Presentation Details:

  • Introduction to effective practices of successful virtual communities of practice

  • Discussion about key components of immediate and long-term value and benefit as they relate to participant experience with virtual communities of practice

  • Facilitated conversation to encourage:

    • Reflection

    • Inquiry

    • The sharing of perspectives

Format

Concurrent Session

Institutional level targeted

Higher Ed

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Jan 30th, 2:45 PM Jan 30th, 3:30 PM

Maintaining Momentum: Cultivating and Sustaining Virtual Communities of Practice

While the term communities of practice (CoPs), and its virtual cousin, virtual communities of practice (vCoPs), may not be new to the higher education landscape, the question of how to maintain viable vCoPs often remains a mystery. The bottom line is that if we are not able to maintain the early momentum experienced within many newly established vCoPs, our energy and efforts are all for naught. Join our discussion about how knowing the ‘why’ and ‘what’ behind these worthwhile learning groups is one thing, but understanding ‘how’ to cultivate and sustain them is the key to their long-term success.

In this session, we will share research on effective practices for building and sustaining momentum within vCoPs as social learning networks designed to energize online community and advance distance learning.

Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Review effective practices used to cultivate and sustain long-term faculty and student engagement in virtual communities of practice

  • Determine key components of immediate and long-term value and benefit to catalyze and foster interest and engagement within in their own virtual communities of practice

Participants:

K-12 Teachers, Faculty, Instructional Designers, and Administration

Presentation Details:

  • Introduction to effective practices of successful virtual communities of practice

  • Discussion about key components of immediate and long-term value and benefit as they relate to participant experience with virtual communities of practice

  • Facilitated conversation to encourage:

    • Reflection

    • Inquiry

    • The sharing of perspectives