We learn from each other so we get stronger! The reading materials and other resources in this section can help us continually improve our practice and develop new knowledge. They can also stimulate conversations to guide possible ways to develop CoP. It is by no means an exhaustive collection, however it contains a variety of resources related to CoP.

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UGC Documents | Toolkits/ Guides/ Manuals | T&L Communities | Courses

UGC Documents

Report of the University Grants Committee – “Aspirations for the Higher Education System in Hong Kong” (Page 81) [download]

This document highlights the recommendations of UGC on Higher Education System in 2010. One of the recommendations is to “ensure that it uses the tools at its disposal to assess and reward evidence of teaching excellence, both at the system level and at the funding level. Sector-wide surveys and assessments of student learning outcomes should be developed and published”.
“3+3+4” – A New Era of Holistic Education Annual Report 2011-12, 24 Feb 2012. One-day Retreat for Community of Practice (Page 97) [download]

In this one-day retreat, about 40 participants from the eight UGC-funded institutions, including the Convenor and Members of the Teaching and Development Group and two guest speakers, Professor Brian Coppola and Professor Diane Ebert-May from University of Michigan took part in the event to discuss the possible way forward for the establishment of communities of practice in the institutions.
Summary on 8 UGC-funded universities’ application for Start-Up Fund for the Establishment of Communities of Practice [download]

This document is a summary of the proposals of eight UGC-funded universities for the start-up fund for the establishment of CoPs.

Toolkits/ Guides/ Manuals

Wenger, E. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice: A guide to managing knowledge. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

This is a practical guide to each how to apply the community-based approach to knowledge management in organizations.
The Overseas Development Institute. (2009). Building a community of practice. Successful communication: Targeting tools. [download]

This paper identifies key ingredients, roles and responsibilities and stages of development in CoP.
Cambridge, D., & Suter, V. (2005). Community of practice design guide. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. [download]

This paper is a step-by-step guide for designing and cultivating CoP in higher education.
Lusk, E., & Harris, M. (2011). Community of practice orientation guide. Canada: Gestalt Collective. [download]

This guide provides a variety of resources useful to people who are interested in starting up, maintaining or sponsoring a CoP.

Wenger, E. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice: A quick start-up guide. [download]

This quick start-up guide gives readers a concise definition and operation of CoP.

Teaching and Learning Communities Worldwide

Cox, M. D. (2004). Introduction to faculty learning communities. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 97, 5-23. [download]

This paper is an introduction to Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) in the United States. FLCs create connections for isolated teachers, establish networks for those pursuing pedagogical issues, meet early-career faculty expectations for community, foster multidisciplinary curricula, and begin to bring community to higher education.
Etienne Wenger on “What is a CoP” [link]

This a short video discusses communities of practice with Etienne Wenger. Wenger describes CoP as a learning, sharing and creation platform and the CoP members can establish a learning partnership and produce texts together.
Etienne Wenger’s Keynote Address at KM Singapore 2009 [link]

This is a keynote speech by Etienne Wenger for Information and Knowledge Management Society (iKMS) KM Singapore Conference on 13 August 2009. Wenger's topic is "Communities of Practice: a social discipline of learning" in which he shares his thinking in how a recognition of the social dimension of learning can help enable organisations and knowledge workers to be more effective in their roles. He ends with a challenging question: "How do you see yourselves as a learning citizen in this world?"
Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education [link]

The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), based in the United States, fosters human development in higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development. POD believes that people have value, as individuals and as members of groups. The development of students is a fundamental purpose of higher education and requires for its success effective advising, teaching, leadership, and management. Central to POD's philosophy is lifelong, holistic, personal, and professional learning, growth, and change for the higher education community.

Website for Developing Faculty and Professional Learning Communities (FLCs): Communities of Practice in Higher Education [link]

This website is to inform, teach, and encourage visitors to investigate and initiate Faculty Learning Communities on their campuses in the United States.

Communities of Practice, The University of British Columbia [link]

This website is developed by Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology in partnership with units across the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus. CoP at UBC allows people to share knowledge, expertise, scholarship, ideas, and suggestions, both face-to-face and electronically


Community Management: Advanced Skills Certificate Program by Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA)

A certificate program is for people who are interested in building their community management skills. Community managers become more important nowadays since organisations depend on their community managers to connect different stakeholders in an institution. They are the critical component to community success and the skills they need continue to evolve.