SIMPEL - Improving eLearning in SMEs Final Conference 14.04.08 Communities of Practice to Improve Knowledge Management and eLearning in SMEs Anke Petschenka, Steffi Engert (University Duisburg-Essen) Ileana Hamburg (IAT Gelsenkirchen) Table of Contents
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Final Conference 14.04.08
Communities of Practice
to Improve Knowledge Management and
eLearning in SMEs
Anke Petschenka, Steffi Engert (University Duisburg-Essen)
Ileana Hamburg (IAT Gelsenkirchen)
1. Communities of Practice – an approach to learning
„We all belong to communities of practice. …
At home, at work, at school, in our hobbies, we belong to several communities of practice at any given time.“
Etienne Wenger 2001
Emphasis:learning situations in daily life, at work, at home
and throughout society.
„Communities of Practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavour.“
Etienne Wenger 2004
interacting/collaborating in a social network focussed on practice and exchange of experience.
Informal learning can be characterized as follows:
!!! Jay Cross (2006) pointed out that formal trainings and workshops account only for 10-20% of what people learn at work!!!
2.2 Working in a VCoP has a number of advantages
2.3 Working in a VCoP has to be balanced against possible disadvantages
Institute for Work and Technology
Thank you for your attention!