Starting a CoP
From the spark of your idea conceptualise the community of practice - the focus, facilitator, members, champion, institutional goals and context, opportunities and challenges.
- Establish a core of members for the first meeting - who would share your concern or passion for your CoP domain?
- Send invitation - consider timing, venue and catering
- Prepare agenda (using template below) - welcome, introductory activities, sharing practice, building domain knowledge
- Initial meeting - begin with introductions, explain the community of practice concept, confirm the focus, members set priorities and plan the way forward.
Elements of Communities of Practice
- A domain of knowledge that creates a common ground and sense of common identity
- A community of people who care about the domain and create the social fabric of learning
- A shared practice developed to become effective in the domain.
For more information about starting a community of practice at USQ contact Sandy Sharman, Senior Human Resources Officer (Organisational Development).