701 Transforming Skills Development Through Communities of Practice
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, October 26
Communities of practice have been around since humans started using stories to share knowledge and information. People instinctively rely on the expertise of their social and professional networks to solve problems and learn new things—it’s practically in our collective DNA. Why, then, do countless attempts to create and cultivate communities of practice in the workplace either lose momentum or fail to get off the ground altogether?
In this session, you’ll learn how communities of practice can amplify skills development within an organization. Find out how to define a clear value proposition for a community that gets buy-in from key stakeholders and community members, as well as the success factors needed to generate and sustain member enthusiasm. In addition, you’ll learn how stories can help capture and demonstrate the short- and long-term value of a community.
In this session, you will learn:
- Practical techniques for establishing and fostering communities of practice
- How to articulate a clear purpose and a value proposition that builds credibility for a community
- How to use stories and value creation data to demonstrate the success of learning communities
- The key differentiators between communities of practice and social and network groups
- Techniques for energizing community members and sustaining engagement
Designers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.).
Technology discussed in this session:
Online social learning and user-generated content platforms.
Principal Learning Consultant
Allan McKinley is a principal learning consultant at Capital One. He has designed learning experiences in partnership with organizations including Drexel University, University of Michigan, Corporate Executive Board, MIT, and Penn State University. He has also advised and consulted numerous Fortune 500 companies on creating digital, social-collaborative learning journeys. Allan’s areas of focus include video-based learning, social learning, and virtual communities that showcase and leverage peer expertise. Allan has degrees from the University of Delaware and Saint Joseph’s University, and spent the early portion of his career as a journalist and writer.