Communities of Practice For Sharing Knowledge: An eLearning Context

By:
Trevor Nesbit
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This paper explores the concepts of communities of practice (COP) as found within Knowledge Management (KM) literature, with a view to constructing a model of the most significant components of a COP in this context.

This model is applied to an eLearning context with a view to exploring its appropriateness and usefulness in this context. Experiences of delivering a wide range of subjects using eLearning at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) in Christchurch, New Zealand are drawn on as part of this.

Conclusions are made as to the appropriateness and usefulness of the COP concept from the KM domain in an eLearning context.


Keywords: Communities of Practice, Knowledge Management, eLearning
Stream: Technology in Education, Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Trevor Nesbit

Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and School of Business, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
New Zealand

Programme Leader for the Bachelor of ICT and Graduate Diploma in eCommerce at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand. Main teaching areas include eBusiness, Knowledge Management and Software Development. Has completed two double major bachelor degrees majoring in computer science, mathematics, accountancy and operations research, and has completed a masters degree in management. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and the New Zealand Computer Society. Recent research interests include "the management skills needed in eCommerce organisations" and "the differing perceptions of Knowledge Management".

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