Interested in connecting with your WCU colleagues? Hoping to meet others with similar teaching, learning, scholarship, or engagement interests? Join a Community of Practice (CoP).
Etienne Wenger summarizes Communities of Practice (CoP) as “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” This learning that takes place is not necessarily intentional (Lave and Wenger).
Communities of Practice (CoP) enable participants to gain cross-disciplinary connections, scholarly advice, and insights from experienced peer faculty and staff members. CoP Groups are led by Associates who facilitate 6-15 faculty and staff members to develop a topic and related activities of interest during the semester. Groups meet as often as Associates or the group feel appropriate. Together, each group creates a community to learn about and support its topic.
One needs to distinguish between what is a CoP and what is not.
There are three required components of CoPs:
For more information about joining or leading a CoP Group, please contact the Coulter Faculty Commons.