Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators

Editors, Chris Kimble, Paul Hildreth and Isabelle Bourdon
Publisher, Information Age Publishing

As a two volume set:
Hard cover ISBN: 1593118678 , Soft cover ISBN: 159311866X

As separate volumes:
Hard Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118635 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118651
Soft Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118627 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118643

Volume 2, Chapter 17 - Implications of a Virtual Learning Community Model for Designing Distributed Communities of Practice in Higher Education


The metaphor of virtual learning communities can be used to inform the design of distributed Communities of Practice in Higher Education learning environments. In this chapter, constituent elements drawn from a model of virtual learning communities are presented. These elements are elaborated to provide advice to instructors, instructional designers, researchers and community architects, including how to enhance trust, a sense of history, identity, mutuality, plurality, autonomy, participation, trajectory, technology, learning, reflection, intensity, social engagement and communication. The chapter concludes with a discussion of fundamental elements of virtual learning communities that have direct relevance to the design of distributed Communities of Practice in Higher Education.


Richard Schwier
Ben Daniel