Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education

Dreamers and Schemers

  • Jacquie McDonald
  • Aileen Cater-Steel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlv
  2. Profiles of Higher Education Communities of Practice: Case studies

  3. Communities of Practice—Curriculum Development

  4. Student Focused Communities of Practice

  5. Virtual Communities of Practice in Higher Education

  6. Jacquie McDonald, Aileen Cater-Steel
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


In this edited collection, the authors pick up the communities of practice (CoP) approach of sharing practice in their reflection on the experience of taking their CoP vision from a dream to reality. Their stories articulate the vision, the passion and the challenge of working within and/or changing existing institutional culture and practice. The book discusses strategies that worked and considers the lessons learnt to inspire future dreamers and schemers. The multiple perspectives provided in the case studies will assist higher education leaders, as well as academic and professional staff, in establishing or assessing CoPs. The book offers insights into implementation strategies, practical guidelines and ideas on how CoP theoretical underpinnings can be tailored to the higher education context.


Communities of Practice Higher Education Social Learning Theory Professional Learning Technology implementation Learning communities

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacquie McDonald
    • 1
  • Aileen Cater-Steel
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.University of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2865-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2866-3
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