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2 Communities of practice and network weather

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Figure 4 Communities and networks

When groups of people come together online around a particular topic or job role, they are often referred to as communities. They are also a form of network.

Communities can be central to helping to develop your approach to teaching online. Maybe you’re an educator seeking guidance about how to design an online version of a particular learning activity, or wanting to find out who are the online teaching experts in your area of practice. Whatever your reason for seeking contact with others in your field, participating in a relevant community can be of great value, and can lead to your own personal skill development, as well as allowing you to participate in discussions with experts in the field and ultimately share the knowledge you have gained with others who may be just starting out.

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