Are Web2.0 Tools Used to Support Learning in Communities of Practice

Ashley Healy, Thomas Hainey, Thomas Connolly, Gavin Baxter

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Communities of Practice (CoPs) are a group of likeminded practitioners coming together by means of common ground to converse and share knowledge and experience on ways of working within their sector, thus, facilitating knowledge transfer, professional development and learning. While not a new concept they have emerged as a key domain in the realm of knowledge creation and are often cited as facilitating organisational learning and knowledge creation. However, despite the amount of literature available, there appears to be a lack of empirical evidence confirming whether learning takes place within a community. This paper reports on a three-year study based on 3 CoPs, one in industry, one in health and one in education. In particular, the paper reports on the members views’ of their participation in their CoP at the start of the study and at the end of the study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Joint Conference SOCO’13-CISIS’13-ICEUTE’13
EditorsÁlvaro Herrero, Bruno Baruque, Fanny Klett, Ajith Abraham, Václav Snášel, André C.P.L.F. de Carvalho, Pablo García Bringas, Ivan Zelinka, Héctor Quintián, Emilio Corchado
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-01854-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-01853-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


  • CoP
  • Web2.0
  • organisational learning


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