Are you in a UCD Community of Practice (CoP)?
In this edition of the WST newsletter, we are aiming to compile a list of any active Communities of Practice in UCD to create a database of CoPs for colleagues to access through the Work Smarter Together website. Inclusion in the database will help create more awareness about your CoP, potentially attract new members and help WST to shape a CoP approach in the future.
What is a CoP?
Communities of Practice are different from clubs and other informal gatherings by virtue of the type of group they are and the outcomes they aim to achieve.
Communities of Practice can be defined as sustained learning partnerships among people who share a skill, knowledge requirement or goal for something they do with the aim of learning, sharing and developing how to achieve more in a particular sphere as they interact regularly.
In short, CoPs are defined by the engagement with the elements of Domain, Community and Practice. The Domain is the common ground shared; the Community is the people involved and the Practice is the activity that drives the shared engagement. If you are involved in any regular meeting of colleagues where knowledge about a certain element of work is shared or generated, you could be a member of a CoP. There are different types of CoPs, some are ongoing, some have short term purposes and some develop to have amore formal structure than others. Some are in person and some have made the shift to remote or hybrid. The format can take many forms.