Using Technology to Support Communities of Practice

Sarah C. Smith
Wed, 03/27/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the second webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Communities of Practice (CoP) as a Container for Sustained Collaboration and Leadership Support:

The Smart Start Early Childhood Learning Community: Offering an Online Community of Practice Learning Space for Smart Start and Beyond (Part 2 of the CoP Webinar Series)

As a follow up to the first session on the basics of supporting Communities of Practice (CoP) this session aims to consider the use of technology to support CoP. The proliferation of increasingly more sophisticated and powerful communications technology has created new opportunities for peer-to-peer learning to happen online. 

  • What are the differences, similarities and distinctions between face-to-face and online CoP? 
  • How are states using technology to keep people connected in times of tight budgets and other barriers to face to face workgroups?

There will be a short showcase of how practitioners are using the technology in North Carolina's Smart Start Early Childhood Learning Community including the successes and challenges. Further there will be an opportunity to consider use of the technology for your state’s CoP.

Speaker Biography:

Sarah C. Smith, Learning Community Leader, The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. joined the Smart Start network in April 2009, following more than 13 years with several small and large United Ways, where she focused on generating more than $100 million in charitable contributions. Sarah worked with local Smart Start partnerships over 3 years through the organizational capacity building effort underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, particularly focused on governance, board development, and leadership, as well as diversifying revenue and promoting inclusion and diversity. For Sarah, the Smart Start Learning Community builds on, expands and advances Smart Start's capacity building work in exciting new ways. Her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology is from Duke University and she studied Public Administration at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Edited Recording, Presentation Only:

Web Resources:

Communities of Practice, A New Approach to Solving Complex Educational Problems