Using Technology to Transform Communities of Practice into Knowledge-Building Communities

January 1st, 2005 | RESEARCH

Knowledge and learning exist as byproducts of social processes such as those that take place in communities of practice. We describe two frameworks for understanding and building online knowledge-building communities, or online communities of practice that enhance collective knowledge. First, the C4P framework is described as a way of understanding how knowledge is created and disseminated by participants in a community of practice. Second, we discuss ways in which technology provides added value for learning in these environments using the DDC (Design for Distributed Cognition) framework, and link this to the particular goals of a knowledge-building community. Examples from two large online communities are discussed.


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Christopher Hoadley, Author, Pennsylvania State University
Peter Kilner, Author, Pennsylvania State University


Publication: SIGGROUP Bulletin
Volume: 25
Number: 1
Page(s): 31

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Audience: Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media