Week 4 Reflection 674

Week 4 Reflection 674

This week we wrote about the lessons we might take from successful (and unsuccessful) OCL Institutional Innovations and from the concept of the Community of Practice (CoP)? To make a community successful, everyone must have a voice and feel that they matter. Probst & Borzillo (2008) write that, in order for CoP’s to be successful, they must follow these 10 commandments of CoP governance:

  1. Stick to strategic objectives- make them clear and obtainable.
  2. Divide objectives into sub-topics- This gives the members precise information that they must share their practice.
  3. Form governance committees with sponsors and leaders- Members who meet regularly form a committee.
  4. Appoint a leader who is a “best practice control agent”- Members stay in contact with this person to obtain best practices.
  5. Regularly feed the group with external expertise- This can be experts from other organizations.
  6. Promote access to other networks- This increases active participation.
  7. Encourage the leader to have a driver and prompter role- This increases the CoP’s attractiveness.
  8. Overcome hierarchy-related pressures- Leaders remind members that they will not be judged.
  9. Provide the sponsor with measurable performance- This is looking at cost reduction, revenue increase, higher effectiveness, and efficiency of operations.
  10. Illustrate results for members- They are encouraged to post their written experiences.

To have a successful CoP, OCoP, or MOOC you must have respect, teamwork, cooperation, integrity, and be willing to listen and learn. You must be willing to share new ideas and try new ideas. I think if participants followed this and some of the guidelines mentioned above, they could have a successful CoP, OCoP, or MOOC.

In responding to others’ blogs, Sara made an important point to build trust and make sure people feel connected. If the learners feel connected, they will continue to be motivated to participate. I really like the bar graph that she posted from https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/nli0531.pdf and the information that goes with it. I think the following sequence provides for great flow: inquire, design, prepare prototype, launch, grow, and sustain.

Josie mentioned examples of cMOOCs, including learning communities, social media, and blogs that contain content and promote interaction among the participants. This made me think of our class. This is like a cMOOC, except cMOOCs are free? XMOOCs are still online, except for exams and quizzes. These two are still a little confusing for me.

Mariah talked about how OCoPs comment on each others’ blogs. I said then our class is an OCoP, because we comment on each others’ blogs and email each other. I mentioned a CoP that I have been a part of: meeting with another teacher to plan lessons. This was successful because we both want the same thing—to get more ideas to use in our classrooms.

I was in the same boat with Cherie when she mentioned that she was not familiar with CoP until she read about it. I was not familiar with it as well and learned more about it when we met in Blackboard. Then I was like, “Wow! I am involved in more CoPs than I thought.”

It has been a very busy week with classes. I was also involved in helping teach the lesson on Blackboard, so that required more work to be prepared. I have gotten through the week and have learned so much this last week, especially about CoPs. It was great interacting with others, and I look forward to our next week of learning together.


Probst, G., & Borzillo, S. (2008). Why communities of practice succeed and why they fail. European Management Journal, 26(5), 335-347.

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