To encourage learning and development outside of the classroom, the Alliance promotes programming for Communities of Practice.
In support of staff across our ten member institutions, we convene Communities of Practice (CoP), interest groups who gather to share best practices, conduct professional development activities, and develop programs that serve students and faculty. CoP groups focus on three primary objectives:
- To enable individuals at our member institutions to learn from each other.
- To develop mutually beneficial programs and initiatives.
- To create value for your institutions through collaboration.
Communities of practice in Entrepreneurship, Teaching & Learning Technologies and Global Education currently exist, and we are in the process of forming CoPs for Advancement, Washington DC Program leaders, Honors College leadership, and several other interest groups. CoPs generally form to encourage collaboration among a) staff or faculty in similar functional roles across Alliance institutions or b) to unite cross-disciplinary or cross-functional groups interested in a specific topic area (e.g., experiential education or e-Learning).
In the past, groups like the Global Education CoP have held standalone conferences, bringing together peers across the Alliance. Additionally, the CAA helps to convene networking sessions or receptions at larger, national conferences where many CoP members will already be in attendance.
…Interested in joining a community of practice? Interested in starting a new community of practice?
Communities of practice are open to all faculty and staff at Alliance institutions. For information on joining or initiating a CoP, email Larissa Witmer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
…Interested in learning more about communities of practice?
Check out the Global Education Conference page to learn more about the event held for international studies staff at our member institutions.