- Purchasing/acquisition communities of practice
linking all those engaged in purchasing decisions, providing decision
support and development, with linkages to cooperative buying and
other resources not available at all enterprises.
However they accumulate knowledge, they
become informally bound by the value they find in learning together.
The value is not merely instrumental for their work. It also accrues
in the personal satisfaction of knowing colleagues who understand
each others perspectives and of belonging to an interesting
group of people. Over time, they develop a unique perspective on
their topic as well as a body of knowledge, practices, and approaches.
They also develop personal relationships and established ways of
interacting. They may even develop a common sense of identity. They
become a community of practice.
Etienne Wenger, 2002
The list of communities of practice could go on and
on. These communities will multiply the impact of the social and
technical networks that will be an essential element of the new
enterprise application infrastructure. These communities of practice
and collaborative interactions will be a key element of both process
reinvention and changing the knowledge ecology of the institution
to enable new levels of knowledge sharing.
Increase Individual and
Twenty-first century colleges and universities need
to develop a wide range of new competencies, both as enterprises
and for the individuals associated with them:
- e-Learning. Tomorrows successful enterprise will
need to be able blend physical and virtual learning resources
and experiences, both on campus and to learners at a variety of
settings, both physical and virtual. They will also need to fuse
academic community and personal and administrative processes to
support e-learners wherever they may be. The new generation of
knowledge and content management applications will be essential
to e-learning, enabling the introduction of just-in-time knowledge
e-Learning is the use of ICT to extend,
enhance, and enrich every learning experience. Even the most traditional
learning enterprise needs to develop the capabilities to support
- Knowledge and content management. Digitized content supporting
e-learning will include not just virtual versions of the current
generation of textbooks, course packs, and supporting expert resources.
Topical content and context will need to be digitized, meta-tagged,
and stored in institutional repositories for easy access, combination,
and repurposing. Repositories of learning content such as MERLOT
and those adopting the content interoperability framework developed
by the ADL will be combining content from different sources. Over
time, marketplaces will provide content from institutions,
publishers, learning content companies, and professional societies
and trade associations.