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Conference Session This event is part of the eXtension 2012 National Conference

Session #676

Meeting Room 2

Private (Practice) Meets Communities of Practice

We often think of communities of practices being made up of educators and researchers from land-grant universities. Some communities of practices have members from the military or from government agencies. In this session, we will give an example of how an individual with his own business connected with Military Families Learning Network and Network Literacy Community of Practice and how all involved have benefited. While both communities of practices value contributions of the public, Jerry is regular contributor. We will begin our discussion by explaining how Jerry Buchko first connected to these two communities of practices. Then we will describe how he connects and contributes. We will also explore how his involvement has provided benefits to him, his private practice, and these two communities of practices’ work and activities. We will conclude the session by giving ideas for other communities of practice to open their membership to others outside of education and government.

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Hi Kristi. I think it's natural to expect that folks will need some time to get to know new people, especially if they're coming into the community from "the outside". And whenever someone new is added to the mix, it can sometimes lead to changes in the social dynamics and this can also be a bit unsettling for a little while as well. On the whole, my experience has been very positive. I really enjoyed the conference and learned a great deal about the folks in eXtension. I'm also very pleased with how this session turned out, especially with the discussion that evolved out of it. I'm sure there are some lingering questions that people have about this topic of more open CoPs since there was only so much we could squeeze into the 45 minutes. I'm more than happy to continue the discussion though... :D

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Wow I had no idea that extension folks would be uncomfortable with a real life practitioner in their midst.

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