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Posted to Diigo 08/12/2010

  • Simply labelling a group as a community neither ensures that it functions as one, nor that it is a beneficial, cohesive unit in which learning will take place readily
  • Riel and Polin  propose a typology of three ‘distinct but overlapping forms of learning within communities’
      1. Task-based: groups of people working together intently over a limited period of time on a particular product
      2. Practice-based: usually based around a profession or discipline, these groups focus on sharing and developing good practice
      3. Knowledge-based: here the focus is on the use and reuse of knowledge in a never ending cycle
  • These typologies to be useful in identifying perhaps extreme examples of communities, however in the majority of cases examples of working communities for learning are a hybrid of all three types
    • Effectively collaborating in joint activities, producing useful outputs related to practice and helping to advance the state-of-the art in domain knowledge
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