CoP members have undertaken research and publication on the communities of practice at USQ.

USQ Community of Practice Publications

Lawrence, Jill and Sankey, Michael D. (2008) Communities of practice: a sphere of influence enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. In: ANZCA08 Conference, 9-11 July 2008, Wellington, New Zealand.

McDonald, Jacquelin and Star, Cassandra (2008) The challenges of building an academic community of practice: an Australian case study. In: HERDSA Conference 2008: Engaging Communities, 1-4 July 2008, Rotorua, New Zealand. (In Press)

McDonald, Jacquelin and Collins, Pauline and Hingst, Raymond D. and Kimmins, Lindy and Lynch, Bernadette and Star, Cassandra (2008) Community learning: member's stories about their academic community of practice. In: HERDSA Conference 2008: Engaging Communities, July 1-4, Rotorua, New Zealand.

McDonald, Jacquelin and Star, Cassandra (2007) Making meaning of women's networks: a community of practice framework. In: 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... the Triple Layers of a Woman's Life, 26-29 Sept 2007, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

McDonald, Jacquelin and Star, Cassandra (2006) Designing the future of learning through a community of practice of teachers of first year courses at an Australian university. In: The First International LAMS Conference: Designing the Future of Learning, 6-8 December 2006, Sydney, Australia.

Sankey, Michael D. and Lawrence, Jill (2008) I'm not alone: first year course leaders helped through communities of practice. In: 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference: Lifelong Learning: Reflecting on Successes and Framing Futures, 16-19 June 2008, Yeppoon, Australia.

Star, C & McDonald, J. (under review, a). Situated Professional Development for Tertiary Educators: A Community of Practice Approach, Studies in Higher Eduation.

Star, C. & McDonald, J. (under review, b). CoPping it Sweet: The state of play of CoPs in higher education, Higher Education.

Other References

If you are interested in reading more about CoP in higher education see our suggestions below:

Brooks, C. & Fyffe, J. (2004) Are we comfortable yet? Developing a community of practice with PhD students at the University of Melbourne, in Atkinson, R, McBeath, C, Jonas-Dwyer, D, and Phillips, R (eds) Beyond the comfort zone: Proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE conference, pp. 163-9.

Brown, J. S. & Duguid, P. (1991) Organizational learning and communities of practice: towards a unified view of working, learning and innovation, Organizational Science, 2(1), 40-57.

Cox, M. (2006) Phases in the development of a change model: Communities of practice as change agents in higher education. In L. Hunt, A. Bromange & B. Tomkinson. (Eds.), The realites of change in higher education: Interventions to promote learning and teaching (pp. 91-100). London: Routledge.

Cleary, K, Danaher, P A, & Harreveld, R E (2006) Engaging pedagogies and facilitating pedagogues: communities of practice among novice online tutors and secondary vocational teachers at the forefront of systemic tensions and change, paper presented at the Annual AARE conference, Adelaide, November 27-30 2006.

Dunn, L. & Wallace, M. (2005) Promoting communities of practice in transnational higher education. ODLAA (The Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia), Breaking Down Boundaries Conference, University of Adelaide, 9-11 November.

Garavan, T. N. & Carbery, R. (2007) Managing intentionally created communities of practice for knowledge sourcing across organisation boundaries: Insights on the role of the CoP manager, The Learning Organization: The International Journal of Knowledge and Organizational Learning Management, 14(1), 34-39.

Gongla, P. & Rizzuto, C. R. (2001) Evolving communities of practice, IBM Systems Journal, 40(4), 842-862.

Johnson, C. (2001) A survey of current research on online communities of practice, Internet and Higher Education, 4, 45–60.

Lave, J. & Wenger, E. (1991) Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mitchell, J. (2006) Ideas for Practitioners. Melbourne: Australian National Training Authority. (Retrieved June 25, 2006)

Mitchell, J. (2003) Effectively structuring Communities of Practice in VET. Melbourne: Australian National Training Authority. (Retrieved June 25, 2006)

Nagy, J. & Burch, A. (2009) Communities of practice in academe (CoP-iA) - understanding knowledge work practices to enable capacity building in corporate universities. Oxford Review of Education. 35(2).

Pan, S. L. & Leidner, D. E. (2003) Bridging communities of practice with information technology in pursuit of global knowledge sharing, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 12(1), 71-88.

Schwen, T. & Hara, N. (2004) Community of practice: A metaphor for online design? in S. Barab, R. Kling, R. & J. Gray (eds.) Designing for virtual communities in the service of learning, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Stuckey, B. & Smith, J. D. (2004) Sustaining communities of practice, Available at:, accessed 30th August, 2006.

Viskovic, A., (2006) Becoming a tertiary teaching: learning in communities of practice, Higher Education Research and Development, 25(4), 323-339.

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. M. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice. Boston Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Press.