What is a community of practice?

A community of practice is a group of people who share a common concern or passion and come together with a facilitator to deepen their knowledge through ongoing interactions (Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002).

Communities of Practice (CoPs) at The University of Alabama are created and organized by members of the campus community and provide opportunities to learn, contribute, collaborate, and innovate.

Communities of Practice in the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education

The Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education will build two Communities of Practice in 2022-23, and we welcome your proposals. Please contact us at ccsfacultydev@ccs.ua.edu if you have an interest in a particular topic or would like to facilitate a Community of Practice.

Meanwhile, join the OTIDE Faculty Development Community on Slack, where you can ask questions, help your colleagues, and share your online teaching strategies. You will need to use your UA email address to join.  If you would like to use another email system, contact us for an invitation.



Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice: A guide to managing knowledge. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.