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Friday, July 30, 2010

What is an On Site and Online Community of Practice?

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (online) classroom for both Jewish teaching and teacher training. Accordingly in this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will share a definition and a video explaining on site and online community of practice, CoP.

What is an On Site and Online Community of Practice?
A community of practice, a CoP, is a term that describes a group of people who share a common interest, a craft, or a profession. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences that members can develop both personally and professionally. CoPs can exist on site such as in the lunchroom, in an occupational or other physical location, or online through a blog such as ours, a discussion board or forum, or a  professional social network such as Integrating Technology into Jewish Education of the Jewish Education Change Network of JESNA .

Click here and see a video explaining a CoP.

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