CoP

what are Communities of Practice?

A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people sharing a common concern or passion who meet regularly to learn, share information, and fulfill their goals. CoPs record and store their knowledge so that others may benefit from their discoveries.

Benefits of Communities of Practice

  • Offers more structured pathways for the transfer of information
  • Fosters connection between diverse faculty disciplines
  • Creates space for members to reflect on challenges and celebrate successes
  • Sparks innovative brainstorming sessions from varied and invested perspectives

Learn about our Communities of Practice

Universal Design for Learning

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Assessment

Educational Technology

TIME COMMITMENT & TIMELINES

Members of a CoP should expect to meet between 1–2 hours per month.

Though members should make their practice their own and decide together how their time should be spent, a general timeline could look like:

September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
Meet the community and co-create CoP expectations
Hold space for discussions and reflections
Hold space for discussions and reflections
Come together for a joint CoPs meeting to share your insights and connect with colleagues
Hold space for discussions and reflections
Hold space for discussions and reflections
Hold space for discussions and reflections
Hold space for discussions and reflections
Come together for a joint CoPs meeting to share your insights and connect with colleagues

TEACHING EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK (TEF) ALIGNMENT

Though all dimensions are applicable, CoPs mainly align with TEF through:

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Instructional skills

  • The process of recording and storing knowledge is structured, meaning the flow of information between members is streamlined
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Learning environment

  • Members share a common passion, and so, a supportive, inclusive and equitable learning atmosphere grows naturally
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Assessment

  • Multiple perspectives are engaged, creating a diverse and well-rounded evaluation of each step along the learning journey

Interested in joining?