Building a Community of Practice: Technological and Social Implications for a Distributed Team

Building a Community of Practice: Technological and Social Implications for a Distributed Team

Pete Bradshaw (Anglia Polytechnic University, United Kingdom), Stephen Powell (Anglia Polytechnic University, United Kingdom) and Ian Terrell (Anglia Polytechnic University, United Kingdom)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-200-8.ch016
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Abstract

This chapter looks at the work of a team of remote workers and how they have developed into a Community of Practice (CoP). It explores the roles that technology and communication methods have in the formation and development of the community. In telling the story of the progression from a team of individuals to a CoP, the chapter provides a practical guide to others wishing to do the same. Two aspects of the work of the team are considered in depth: • Building communication systems across a Distributed CoP • Building commitment, ownership, engagement and focus in a Distributed CoP The team and community on which the chapter is based is one of some 20 people working remotely for Ultralab, a learning, technology and research centre in Chelmsford, UK. The work of the team is online facilitation for the National College of School Leadership (NCSL). The team meet together approximately four times a year, using an online community space, the Facilitators’ Forum, as their day-to-day working space.

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