Relating to the networks configuration, here is an article on COP by Etienne C. Wenger and William M. Snyder
Wenger and Snyder writes:
The participants in these communities were learning together by focusing on problems, that were directly related to their work. In the short term, this made their work easier or more effective; in the long term, it helped build both their communities and their shared practices – thus developing capabilities critical to the continuing success of the organizations.
The strength of communities of practice is self perpetuating. As they generate knowledge, they reinforce and renew themselves. That’s why communities give you not only the gold eggs, but also the goose that lays them. The farmer killed the goose to get all the gold and ended up losing both; the challenge for organization is to appreciate the goose and to understand how to keep it alive and productive.
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Communities of practice could be a highly effective means (or strategic practice) in promoting a learning culture within organisational settings (like inter-connected or cross functional teams or communities), and within institutions in particular. How about its application in networks? How would COPs relate to Connectivism, or Networked Learning? These are the areas of interests that I would like to explore.
Here is a conversation with Ken on Education, Power and Networks, and COPs.