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Learning Community-An International Journal of Educational and Social Development
Year : 2012, Volume : 3, Issue : 1
First page : ( 25) Last page : ( 35)
Print ISSN : 0976-3201. Online ISSN : 2231-458X.

Communities of Practice and Best Practices in Social Networking Supported Learning

Chauhan Sangeeta1,*, Yadav Saroj2

1Assistant professor, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

2Assistant Professor, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

*Email: sangita.27@rediffmail.com

Online published on 3 January, 2013.


Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of people with a common interest that are focused on collaboration and sharing of information related to their common interest. Wenger describes the structure of a CoP as consisting of three interrelated terms: mutual engagement, joint enterprise and shared repertoire. Intentional online learning communities may be categorized as knowledge-based, practice-based, and task-based. Online Social learning is learning via conversations, social media and the learning web 2.0 technologies. Web 2.0 tools have elevated the social networking activity and skills of individuals. Some of the widely used Web 2.0 tools in e-learning systems are Wikis, blogs, social bookmarking, really simple syndication reader pages etc.


The strength of recent community of practice lies in the emergence of Web 2.0 tools, a concept that has developed some new initiatives in education identified as “e-Learning 2.0”. It is necessary to create social networking system that is enhanced by merging learning resources with other aiding resources, and also emphasizing the use of collaboration in the learning process. To help ensure that the creation of a sense of community has the maximum possible chance of success, educators should implement a series of communication guidelines.



Communities of Practice, Online Social learning, Best practices, Social Networking Supported learning, Web 2.0.


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