Communities of Practice For Sharing Knowledge: An eLearning Context
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
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and School of Business, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology