Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 183–194

Online Communities of Practice: A Catalyst for Faculty Development

  • Pamela D. Sherer
  • Timothy P. Shea
  • Eric Kristensen

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022355226924

Cite this article as:
Sherer, P.D., Shea, T.P. & Kristensen, E. Innovative Higher Education (2003) 27: 183. doi:10.1023/A:1022355226924


This article addresses the concept of “communities of practice” and how it has come of age for the professional development of professors as teachers. Thanks to current technological options, faculty developers can enhance the opportunity for the entire faculty to learn through the use of online communities. Designing a faculty development portal using community of practice concepts can be an effective means to jump-start, facilitate, develop, and sustain faculty involvement in academic communities.

community of practice portals faculty development faculty learning centers 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela D. Sherer
    • 1
  • Timothy P. Shea
    • 2
  • Eric Kristensen
    • 3
  1. 1.Providence CollegeUSA
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts DartmouthUSA
  3. 3.Orion Educational DevelopmentUSA

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