Networks for learning and communities of practices

I have posted this post on Facebook:

In this paper on Networks for learning and communities of practices, the authors say: Communities of practice and networks for learning are part of the same continuum with varying degrees of formality, ranging from informal communities of practice to highly formal networks for learning.
Both networks for learning and communities of practice are founded on conceptions of social learning (p11).
As this paper was written in 2005, what I found in networks and COPs nowadays could be significantly different from that in the early 2000s.
I also found the concept of networked learning that I learnt through Connectivism differs significantly from that mentioned in the paper (which seems to focus more on the networks for learning in an institutional setting mainly).
1. What are the similarities and differences of networks for learning and communities of practice nowadays?
2. How do you view networks and COPs for learning?
3. What are your experiences with networked learning (in learning networks and COPs)?
4. Which one would you prefer? Why?

Here is another paper on Communities of Practices
A slideshare on theory and methodology in networked learning by Grainne Conole
John

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