Community of Practice explained…


A community of practice is a group of people who share a common concern, interest or passion which they learn about universally through experiences, stories and routines. It is NOT an individual practice with people who have social interests that has no learning opportunities.
It includes:
– Domain: shared domain of interest involving commitment and competence in group.
– Community: group members engage in activities and discussion to share information and learn from each other.
– Practice: develop resources like experiences, stories, and tools which involves time and interaction.

(Tanner James, 2012. What makes a good P3 community of practice? [Image]. Retrieved from


8 thoughts on “Community of Practice explained…

  1. Suzy, I think that you’ve highlighted a really important point in saying that Communities of Practice are NOT individual. It’s so important that those involved have a common goal, or desire to increase their knowledge about something. I hope to become involved in more of these communities as my education and professional life continues!

  2. Hi Suzy 🙂

    I love your definition of Community of Practice. Simple but efficient and truly explains what a CoP is about.

    I love the layout of your PLN and your blogs are so interesting to read. I can see you have put a lot of time and effort into this subject and PLN and I always look forward to reading them. Well Done 🙂


    • Thank you very much Simone. Sorry this is a late reply (I’m still learning about how to reply to comments). I appreciate that you read my blog and hope you continue to enjoy it in the future 🙂

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