For many years people have been collectively learning in a communal place. They all share their ideas and thoughts to enable themselves to have a better understanding of information and to help others. "Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do better as they interact regularly” (Wenger, 2006, p. 1) Relationships are built where members learn from each other. This is how my learning journey through the GDLT course has progressed via the on-line forums. The support all the students provide for each other is amazing and very valuable. Without this community of practice I do not know how I would have managed to get this far- university week 6! Blogs and wikis are examples of places/platforms where people can share information and ideas about their interests. Blogs in particular are an excellent way of keeping track of friend’s new postings as you can use an aggregator feed to alert you to these.
Wenger, E. (2006). Communities of practice a brief introduction. Retrieved March19, 2010 from http://www.ewenger.com/theory/